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 obscenelyÂ 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.