Main Hoon Na (Mediocre Nonsense) Inspires Aegan

Are the bozos in the Tamil movie industry so bereft of ideas that they should stoop so low as fall back on a mediocre Bollywood movie for inspiration.

With Indian media reports suggesting the new Tamil movie Aegan is a remake of the Bollywood film Main Hoon Na (2004), we decided to give the old Shahrukh Khan film a spin on our DVD player.

Our verdict – Main Hoon Na (Shahrukh Khan, Zayed Khan, Suneil Shetty, Amrita Rao, Sushmita Sen) is just another mediocre Bollywood flick that has little going for it except the SRK brand that usually resonates well with Indian audiences.

Directed by Farah Khan, Main Hoon Na is the usual implausible Bollywood balderdash of nonsense heaped on more nonsense with nary a hint of logic.

Indian military officer Major Ram Prasad Sharma (Shahrukh Khan) goes under cover as a college student – ha ha ha – to protect Sanjana (Amrita Rao), the daughter of Indian Army Chief’ Bakshi (Kabir Bedi) while at the same time searching for his step-brother Lucky (Zayed Khan).

The villain of the movie is Raghav Datta (Suneil Shetty), a cashiered army officer hellbent on sabotaging Project Milaap, which seeks to promote friendly ties between India and Pakistan through the release of prisoners.

The silly story is also credited to Farah Khan.

Whether it’s the story, acting or music, Main Hoon Na stumbles on all counts.

It’s no secret that superstar Shahrukh Khan is no Marlon Brando. But in Main Hoon Na, SRK seems even less effective than usual.

In two crucial scenes, Shahrukh Khan not only fails to deliver the acting goods but also does an awful job.

The first scene is at the beginning of the movie when his father Brigadier Shekhar Sharma (Naseeruddin Shah) is badly injured in a confrontation with Raghav and lies bleeding.

The second scene where Shahrukh Khans fails miserably is toward the end of the movie and depicts the confrontation with Zayed Khan and Kirron Kher when his identity is disclosed to them.

The comedy track involving Satish Shah constantly spitting out saliva in a torrent while speaking is plain garbage and has absolutely no connection to the main theme of the movie.

Former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen with her sari obscenely draped around her massive bosom was a revolting sight and a monument to crudity.

Sushmita Sen is one of the most graceless Indian creatures on screen – rivaled only by the Southern bimbos Nayantara and Trisha – and her costumes in Main Hoon Na made her look worse.

Zayed Khan and Amrita Rao prance around like they were born with a head but nothing inside.

Suneil Shetty is slightly better than usual. Thank heavens for small mercies.

There’s little good to be said about the music or the dances – both freaked us out.

To see the short Amrita Rao singing and dancing like a doped-out freak in the Chale Jaise Hawayein number was too heavy a punishment for viewers. None of the other songs, whether Gori Gori or the Main Hoon Na offered anything substantial.

Kabir Bedi and Naseeruddin Shah have bit roles in this mediocre movie.

4 Responses to "Main Hoon Na (Mediocre Nonsense) Inspires Aegan"

  1. guruprasad.s   October 24, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    This is a bit off the tangent.

    The names of the characters essayed by SRK and Zayed Khan in MHNaa, Ram Prasad Sharma and Lakshman Prasad Sharma (aka Lucky) respectively, have been shamelessly lifted by director Farah Khan from that classic Golmaal. In fact, this Farah Khan female seems to relish in making fun of some of the better things in Hindi cinema, in the name of satire and “playing tribute to Bollywood”. These bas****s, in Om Shanti Om, made rather uncharitable fun on yesteryear actor and director Manoj Kumar, who was infinitely better that fatass Farah as director, and more sincere and straight than SRK inspite of enjoying popularity as Mr.Bharat. His portrayal of martyr Bhagat Singh in Shaheed moved the then PM Lal Bahadur Shastri so much that he asked Manoj to make a movie that aptly reflects the theme of “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan” (the soldier and the farmer, who safeguard the nation from enemy and hunger). Thus was made Upkaar (1967), a classic whose song Mere Desh Ki Dharti still resonates, after 40 years, as perhaps the most popular patriotic song in Hindi cinema. Mind you, Manoj Kumar was a sensible artist and did not confuse patriotism with jingoism.
    Now, these bozos, in the name of paying tribute to Bollywood, portrayed Manoj Kumar in an ungainly manner in OSO. Manoj objected, and these folks pacified him by saying that they will withdraw that part from the movie. It turned out that these liers never took back that part, and have now released OSO in DVD with all the nonsense intact (anyway, the movie itself was a piece of nonsense). The point is, a lot of “big” folks in Bollywood lie and steal rather shamelessly, and are smug about it. Responds:

    1. We have seen two of Farah Khan’s movies (as director): Main Hoon Naa & Om Shanti Om. Both are crap.

    As we wrote last year in our review of Om Shanti Om: When limitless ambition collides with limited talent on the Bollywood Highway, the end result is a road wreck called Om Shanti Om.

    The woman is very mediocre in her work

    2. The only thing – truth be said, actually two things – we like about Farah Khan are her …..

    3. Yes, we agree. Mere Desh Ki Dharti is a classic.

    Wonder what happened to Manoj Kumar’s son…Kunal Goswami???

  2. guruprasad.s   October 24, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Kunal Goswami was launched by Manoj Kumar in a movie called Kranti (Manoj Kumar directed Hema Malini and his idol Dileep Kumar in Kranti). Kunal also acted in Kalakaar, also starring Sri Devi, the only notable aspect of which is the fine song Neele neele amber par chaand jab aaye (R D Burman, Kishore Kumar). The guy kept doing bit parts in rather average movies, and finally opted out, realizing (unlike many present day star-sons) that acting is not his forte.

    Mahendra Kapoor, the playback singer who rendered Mere Desh ki Dharti, and many other memorable songs, passed away recently.

  3. aditya_k   October 25, 2008 at 2:55 am

    i think the story of main hoon na was not entirely unbelievable….if excecuted properly,the movie could have been enjoyable …..ofcourse, i think SRK should have been replaced by someone who would actually look like he could kick some ass- like akshay or hritik….. Responds:

    We thought Main Hoon Na was mediocre until we saw Aegan.

  4. aditya_k   October 25, 2008 at 8:43 am

    do you think main hoon na would have been better with akshay or hritik in it? i was hoping to get your opinion on that actually… Responds:

    You write above: do you think main hoon na would have been better with akshay or hritik in it?

    Akshay Kumar has a better flair for comedy but with the same story we doubt it’d have made a big difference.

    On Hrithik? Hard to say who is a better actor – Hrithik or SRK.

    SRK has more charisma of course.

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