Action Replayy Hindi Movie Review

Nov 5, 2010 By Noyon Jyoti Parasara

25 years back in 1985 Robert Zemeckis thought of sending a cool dude of contemporary times to the past. And when he reaches the past and meets the younger version of his parents, his would-be mother falls for him. Subsequently it is up to him to fix the problem and get his parents to love each other. If I made you wonder what I am talking about, let me clear things. Action Replayy is very similar in plot. But of course director Vipul Shah claims that his film is based on Gujarati play by the same name - a play he worked on many years back. In that case the play clearly is inspired.



Of course you cannot have the mother-son attraction angle in India considering presence of cultural obligation and moral policing. Instead Vipul Shah creates another character. And that's all Neha Dhupia seems to have to do in the film. Neha Dhupia, who has been a part of some interesting sensible films in recent past baffles with her decision to take up a role which could have been done with a junior artist!



This apart the story and screenplay fails to hold interest. Vipul Shah, a competent director when it comes to storytelling and characterization, attempts recreating the 70s. And he creates some characters to help his story, but sadly none of the characters appeal. Rather they irritate instead of being funny.



Action Replayy is about a boy who is afraid of marriage as his parents have been a bad example. When he finds that his girlfriend's grandfather has created a time machine he decides to visit the past and help his parents fall in love.



The story required the director to create the bygone era. And he does that with the help of special effects apart from creating special sets. But the effects look tacky and fake. Also the makeup used to make actors look old does not look too good. The film has been shot well but that hardly matters when the story bores.



Performances are worthy. Aishwarya Rai looks good and does well too. Akshay Kumar manages to pull an outrageously over the top character. Ranvijay Singh is very good. Aditya Roy Kapur, who's're-introduced' in this film, does a decent job as one of the leads. Randhir Kapoor is wasted.



Overall, Action Replayy is another Diwali disappointment from Akshay Kumar. Last year another blunder called Blue released to a whole lot of criticism during Diwali. Director Vipul Shah seems to have lost it. His latest film neither pays any tribute to the 70s nor does it work as a love story.


Action Replayy is another Diwali disappointment from Akshay Kumar. It neither pays any tribute to the 70s nor does it work as a love story.
Rating: 50%
Noyon Jyoti Parasara

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