Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baki Hai Review
Glamsham | Martin D'Souza
MERE DOST PICTURE ABHI BAAKI HAI is another struggler's story, but this time it is from behind the camera. The protagonist here is a director who has come to India fresh from London after dabbling in a course for directors. The director is a small time lad from Benaras who has grown up on a healthy diet of Hindi films. He has got a tightly-bound script, based on a true story on an investigative journalist. His only link to Bollywood is his friend, who too is struggling for bit roles as a background artiste.
Bollywood Hungama | Taran Adarsh
To start with, the concept of a film within a film sounds interesting, but the manner in which the drama unfolds looks amateurish, while its interpretation by director Rajnish Raj Thakur lacks the punch, barring a few sequences in the first half. What also makes the movie-going experience cumbersome is the fact that some scenes are abruptly cut or stretched for no particular reason, especially towards the second half [the entire Shayan Munshi-Shawar Ali track is tedious], and the laughs are scarce. Sure, a few witty lines do bring a smile on your face, but the negatives outweigh the positives here. However, I'd like to make a special mention of the title montage. It catches your attention!
Koimoi | Roshni Devi
Rajnish Raj Thakur is the one-man show. He has written the story, screenplay, dialogues and even directed the film. The thought behind the story is good: how a director/scriptwriter’s movie gets hackneyed by the people in the industry. Everyone wants their say in a film that ends up going nowhere.
Sunil Shetty tries to act well as Amar Joshi, but there’s a resignation in his role. Rajpal Yadav, as Suraj, is one of the few people who does his best, and even brings relief when you see him on screen.
Sukhwinder Singh, Rajendra Shiv, Subash Pradhan and Parvez Qadar’s music is forgettable. Sameer, Ravi Chopra, Swasti Shree Sharma and Taabish Romani’s lyrics are lazy.
DNA India | Blessy Chettiar
So what does it have to do as a title in this Suniel Shetty-starrer? Well, Shetty plays a small-town film buff that goes to a film school in London. Upon his return, he’s armed with a script based on a real story and dreams of making it into a film on his terms. He shacks up with friend and extra Rajpal Yadav, whose pearls of wisdom include asking Amar to compromise on his story and integrity.
Rediff | Ankur Pathak
Thus, in many ways, Picture Abhi Baki Hai is a satire on the erratic functioning of Bollywood as an industry. The action hero wants to do romance but the romantic guy wants the girl in an action-heavy scene. What the girl wants is nobody's concern. It's a male-dominated industry with the women acting as mere subjects of a fetish or in exploitative sex scenes.
The performances range from the bearably decent to the plain awful to the awfully bad. Suniel Shetty enacts his role with sincerity and it can be said that he has still got it in him, while Rajpal Yadav, as the increasingly delusional extra who feels he has something 'extraordinary' in him, is just annoying.
Nowrunning | Mansha Rastogi
The film while taking a dig as Indian potboilers ends up becoming one trashy potboiler itself. On a conceptual level, the germ of the film had great potential of making for an entertaining satirical watch. However, owe it to the feeble attempts at script, dialogue and screenplay writing that it only leaves you red on your face with anger by the time it ends.
Suniel Shetty and Rajpal Yadav are loud and ham beyond proportions. Probably their worse performance till date. Udita Goswami fails even to add any glamorous quotient to the film. The series of actors like Suresh Menon, Avtar Gill, Deepak Qazir, Razak Khan Mumait Khan, Shawar Ali, Shyan Munshi and Neena Gupta also put together a shoddy show.