I love Abbas Mustan movies. Baazigar, Humraaz, Ajnabee, Race, hell I even loved Naqab. Now that they bring in Machine, I was excited. Abbas is launching his son Mustafa with this one. Assumably, this should have been his best film ever with a crisp plot and melodious songs. But is that the case? Well, I was in for a surprise. Machine stars Kiara Advani as the female lead while Johnny Lever, Ronit Roy and Eshan Shankar appear in key roles.
What is it about
Ransh (Mustafa) is a mysterious man with no family background. He falls for Sarah (Kiara Advani), love at first sight of sorts. Their love story brews further, thanks to their shared interest of racing and the same college they study in. The two get married at a mere age of 21.It becomes evident soon enough that Sarah, love or marriage is least of Ransh’s priorities. From there on the romantic setting takes a turn, and a revenge saga begins. Also, there is an unimaginably lame subplot about a friendzoned guy who turns out to be very crucial to the story later.
Kiara Advani looks pretty throughout the movie and the picturesque locations stole my heart. In its own ironical sense it was a breath of fresh air to see Johnny Lever again onscreen. Can’t remember the last time I saw him. Ronit Roy gives a good performance, even while playing a nonsensical character. Well, he has the experience of playing Mihir Virani for years. It certainly came in handy here.
Everything except the points mentioned in ‘what’s hot’. Only after you watch Machine you will realise the beauty of the word “why?”. So many emotions in three letters.”Why” is the only word that could possibly contain whatever you see on creen.
Acting: There is scene where the lead pair takes part in a play for their college. This is the only scene where they give out a perfect performance, but maybe because their amateur acting, like that of a college student, came in naturally. Why would Kiara and Mustafa not perform like acting is their profession?
Songs: Cheez Badi is gold compared to rest of the songs in Machine. Why would the makers have such songs?
A dialogue like “main tumhare hothon ki lipstick toh kharab karunga par tumhare ankhon ka kajal kabhi nahi” is repeated thrice through the cringeworthy course of Machine. Why?
Not once you will find the characters, their feelings, or their actions relatable.
Kiara can’t stop gushing when she receives a love letter, written in blood, by an unknown man. The man who is also recording her secretly and sending videos to her. She automatically comes to the conclusion that it is Ransh. Why?
Have you seen Jaani Dushman – the one starring Akshay Kumar and Sonu Nigam? There is plot point where two of Manisha Koirala’s friends attempt to rape her. They fail. Later the two men apologise to her, and their friends plead her to forgive them. She does. Machine has a similar scene. Why? Score 1 for women empowerment.
I sit near the TV team of Bollywoodlife and hence have to forcibly watch TV shows like Yeh Hai Mohabbatein, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai etc. I have to say, these daily soaps have shown more logic at times than the combined logic that is there in Machine. ALSO READ: Machine quick movie review: Kiara Advani and Mustafa Burmawalla’s romantic thriller has a tedious first half
What to do:
Don’t ever watch Machine.
Reviewed by Rajat Tripathi
**** Very good
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