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Reviewer's Summary - Big Bore
Year: June 29, 2007 in the U.S.
Actors: Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Katrina Kaif, Shilpa Shetty, Kirron Kher
Director: Anil Sharma
Producer: Rahul Sughand & Sangeeta Ahir
Screenplay: Neeraj Pathak
Music: Himesh Reshammiya
A lame-brained movie from a hare-brained director, Apne is a lengthy Bollywood nightmare (2hrs 50min, no kidding) that scales new heights of mediocrity.
Featuring yesteryear hero Dharmendra and his two sons Sunny Deol (older son) and Bobby Deol (younger one), Apne's only novelty value is that all three share screen space in this movie.
Let's face it. Bobby Deol just can't act. If there was a competition for the booby prize in acting, Bobby Deol would win it hands down in Bollywood.
If you thought this bozo was bad in recent movies like Jhoom Barabar Jhoom and Shakalaka Boom Boom, wait till you see him try to pass off his weird contortions for acting in Apne.
Sunny Deol, whose recent movies like Fool N Final and Naksha were big flops, is just a shade better in the acting department.
Fortunately for the Apne audience, there's Dharmendra. Now in his early 70s, the talented actor still retains the ability to charm us.
Dharmendra evokes for us nostalgic childhood memories of several fine movies from the 1970s like Sholay, Seeta Aur Geeta, Yaadon Ki Barat, Dost, Charas and Shalimar.
Apne's story is not much to go by.
A disgraced ex-boxer Baldev Singh Choudhry (Dharmendra) deprived of his medal because of false charges of doping vows to avenge his failure by making his older son Angad Singh Choudhry (Sunny Deol) the boxing champion. But Angad abandons the boxing world for the more lucrative opportunities in the business arena.
Baldev sees no hope in his younger son too.
Following an injury to his left hand in his childhood, the younger son Karan Singh Choudhury (Bobby Deol) is an aspiring "Rock Star" torturing the audience with his cacophonic songs.
One day Karan's hand become alright. And before you can say Muhammed Ali, "Miracle Boy" Karan is now the boxing champion of India and father and son are headed to America to fight the African-American boxing "killing Machine" Luca Garcia for the crown of world champion.
If you thought the story was bizarre so far, be warned it only gets worse.
Two of Bollywood's worst actresses Katrina Kaif and Shilpa Shetty show up in Apne, albeit with limited roles. Thank heavens for small mercies.
Apne's music is as bad as the rest of this pathetic movie.
The only other highlight of Apne is Kirron Kher, who plays the part of Dharmendra's wife Raavi.
Ultimately, Apne is all lows and no highs.
With several of their movies flopping badly in recent years, it's hard to imagine that Bobby and Sunny Deol have much of a Bollywood career left ahead of them.
It's no surprise that 2007 is turning out to be an annus horribilis for Bollywood when movies like Apne, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, Fool N Final and Shakalaka Boom Boom hit the big screen.- Copyright SearchIndia.com