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The movie is all about a day when John hires Nana's taxi and the things start going wrong ... The movie is to the point and does not have any unnecessary songs/scenes (masala). The comedy is superb and the movie itself is quite a thriller.
All characters have played their roles well.. Nana delivers another great performance. Milan luthra shines as the director.
We need more of these kind of movies from Bollywood.
OK ... Nana Patekar is not really great in this movie. That's only because of some scenes in which he relapses into his regular madman over-acting mode. But for most parts , he is just as good as he used to be in his earlier days before he started doing the same madman routine for any role that came his way. In "Taxi ..." , he's good for 75% of his screen time and that's saying a lot for most actors these days.
However , John Abraham varies from good to absolutely GREAT almost in all his scenes . Yes , this is the same John Abraham who has only looked like a two dimensional suiting model in all his earlier films! In "Taxi ..." he gives a refreshingly good performance . And its really amazing , for in Bollywood , male leads only start giving some sorta good performances around the age of 40 or beyond ! So , two great performances from the lead almost guarantees an enjoyable movie , but WAIT ...the supporting cast are even better than Nana Patekar! Sonali Kulkarni gave me another clue as to why "Dil Chahta Hai" was such a great movie. For whatever small roles she gets, she gives it her all. Its a pity she doesn't come in bigger roles because she's way ahead of the starlets who are in the movies 'coz of their Mamas and Papas.
There are also great performances by most of the other sideys like the little Hawaldar with his happy smirk when he gets Nana Patekar to the Police-station. Even the police Inspector does his job well. And then there's Mr. Batliwala , whatever the name of that actor. He does it so well , its difficult to imagine him having any other name in real life! There's also the Mr. Bajaj in a little role that he handles very professionally.
All in all a collection of good performances .
Add to that , a great storyline when a whole lot of movies are being made "based on" or "inspired by" or "accidently similar" to some Hollywood movies , this one seems refreshingly original , although I might be wrong.
"Taxi Number 9211" seems to be made with tender care and with an intent to make a good movie. There is attention to detail without being a hindrance to the flow of the movie.
However , I give the movie two negative points for some little things here and there. There's Sanjay Dutt's "Vaat lag gayi" narration in the background. His Bambaiyya accent is definitely over-rated and he does overdo it. A better idea would've been to chose someone with a real accent for lesser money. For some time after the interval the movie is direction-less and threatens to go the way of most Hindi movies that start well. That's another negative point.
However , the movie's end (almost unrelated to the story) is just AWESOME . A Kishore Kumar classic is used in all its full glory without the regular loud computerized trashy music remixed with it. Just vanilla Kishore Kumar ... just blew me away . And so did Priyanka Chopra :) A definite bonus point to make it 9 out of 10 for "Taxi Number 9211".
The plot: Our story has 2 main characters, Raghu (Nana Patekar)and Jai (John Abraham). Raghu is a frustrated, aggressive cab driver who has changed 23 jobs in 15 years. Presently he is lying to his wife (played well by Sonali Kulkarni) about his job. She thinks he is an insurance salesman. Anyways, he is submerged in debt and needs fast money to pay it all off. Jai, on the other hand is the son of a millionaire. his father has just passed away, and has left him with nothing, signing off all his 300 crore wealth to his best friend. Jai claims that he has a will stored in a vault which his father signed, that gives him all the wealth. On the day of the hearing when he needs to get to that vault to fetch the will, he decides to take a cab ride (because he met with an accident in his car the night before) and happens to get in Raghu's cab. In a sudden turn of events, Raghu crashes his car into another, gets blamed for the accident and gets arrested. Jai, avoiding any delay, escapes but leaves his vault key behind. This is where the fun starts. I won't tell you the rest.
The movie displays good performances by Nana Patekar, Sonali Kulkarni and, surprisingly, John Abraham. Sameera Reddy is a waste and only adds confusion to the script. Her character is completely worthless to the movie. They could've just brought her in for the "Meter Down" as a guest appearance and it wouldn't have made a difference.
Even though the movie is short, it could've been made better by being even shorter as some scenes and songs in the middle just break the pace a little. All in all, good entertainment.
Here is the story A party player(John abraham) in a rush to make a court appointment to take original will involving a multi-million dollar trust gets the ride of his life when he sits in the cab of an alcoholic taxi driver(Samuel Jackson), who thinks he is always right and the whole world is wrong. John leaves the scene of the accident and strands the taxi driver, causing him to runaway from the cops. During the process of the post-crash discussion, John accidentally drops the key to the locker for his dad's will he needs to present in court. The judge gives him until tomorrow to present the papers and thus begins a cat and mouse game between the proponents. A few questionable actions later on both parties' part, they finally start questioning their actions and their lives. In the end, both come to new understanding of what is important and appear to be set in new ethical and moral directions.
I watched Taxi Number 9211 today and to be honest it did not quite go well to my expectations.It's not a bad movie or anything but in the end it would be known as a film which promised more but delivered less.But nonetheless a good watchable movie overall.
I think the film was a bit rushed on to the floor without much work on the screenplay and scripting.The concept was a quite unique and different one from the Indian movie format though.The performances by the lead actors is good.The film is very good till the interval with lots of comic punches but tends to bore you as it progresses after the interval.And at one point the ending becomes very predictable and is very much like any traditional Indian movie ending(everyone lives happily ever after stuff).
It's a day's journey of two typical characters who do it all, from running after each other's life to blowing the birthday candles together, from getting in some of the biggest troubles of their lives to coming out of most of the troubles they were nurturing all through, all in one single day.
Nana Patekar is as natural as ever and John is showing great improvement in every film. Milin Lutharia is also meeting the promise he showed in his previous directorial ventures (Kachche Dhaage and Deewar)
I am unable to find even a single reason why you should not watch this one. Go and have some good time.
Story - The story is well written, but the screenplay could have been better. For those who haven't seen the film, go take a look, and expect a few twists in the storyline.
Music - The music is pretty good. Look out for Bappi Lahiri's Song Bambayi Nagariya, Adnan Sami's Meter Down, and Aazmaale Aazmaale, probably from K.K.. Don't miss the music video of Meter Down.
The movie is really one of a kind, with a unique storyline. The women who feature as part of the plot, are almost redundant since the story is essentially about the clash of the super-inflated ego of the taxi-driver (Patekar)versus that of the heir to a vast fortune (John Abraham).
The dialogue is enjoyable and funny, though both Abraham and Patekar are at their offensive best! Their hot-headed exchanges are a dream for someone who wants to be rude and obnoxious! The movie starts out with a lot of promise. Somehow, things peter out somewhere along the way. For one, the action and intended violence seems somewhat unwarranted. Patekar trying to kill Abraham because he (Patekar), will not part with the key to the locker that Abraham has unwittingly left behind on the seat of the taxi cab. Okay, he doesn't want to let Abraham get his way ... but attempted murder??!!! What if the man had gone and got himself killed? Wouldn't have been too funny, would it? And, I mean ... trying to kill a person just because your taxi cab has been smashed up and you've been peremptorily thrust into the police lock-up as a result of this man's whims .... A bit far-fetched!! Somehow, I got the feeling that the producers of "Taxi Number 9211" needed the movie to run for the full duration of a feature film and were being forced to conjure up situations unnecessarily. They could easily have done with a little less action. After all, the basic storyline would not have been affected by the omission of a few scenes of brawling and abusing. Everyone, without exception, seems to be ultra-hyper, in this film ... The film would still have had it's appeal as a movie with a difference with a little less palpable tension.
The sea-change (almost) that comes over both the main characters, as a result of their interaction with each other, is effective as a denouement. Both of them simultaneously realise the fact that they had been attaching too much importance to issues that were actually very insignificant in themselves. Their mercurial disposition takes a beating, thanks primarily to each other. If that was meant to be the moral of the story, the film has succeeded.
The ultimate song ... shown during the credits ... is very enjoyable. Unfortunately, a lot of people, I found, had already started vacating the theatre-hall, before the song started. Perhaps the timing could have been better ... if the audience is expected to watch "Meter Down".
Though enjoyable, I wouldn't recommend this film to people who, like the characters in the film ... have a dearth of patience!
The film begins with the narrator introducing the two main characters--and showing how although the two are from totally different classes in society, they both are big jerks. Raghav is a poor working guy who's had 23 jobs...all because he is so angry and disagreeable. He drives a cab...and hasn't told his wife he's lost his other job. Jai is a spoiled brat from a rich family. After his father's death, control of his financial empire did NOT pass on to Jai, however, and Jai is in court trying to prove his father had another will...and it's in his safety deposit box. But he's also a huge jerk and oversleeps on the day of his court hearing! And, to get there on time he incessantly badgers the cab driver, Raghav, to drive faster and faster and faster. Not surprisingly, there is an accident and Jai simply gets out of the cab and runs off...leaving Raghav to face the wrath of the police!! Raghav is screwed...except for one thing. Jai left behind his key for the deposit box...and Raghav has it and won't even consider giving it to him! What's next is a nasty little cat and mouse game where a desperate Jai chases Raghav about Mumbai trying to get that key. Both are angry and neither one seems willing to give an inch....so what's next?
I liked the film very much. It had a really good story. But I must knock off a point or so since the story is not original AND because the ending was a bit far-fetched. Still, well worth seeing.
By the way, if you aren't very familiar with Indian films, the notion of the police being corrupt is very common! So, when the cop talks about taking bribes, this is pretty much what you normally see in films involving the police. And, the exceptions are the good cops who are above this sort of thing! And, from the folks I've spoken with, this is the perception of the police in general in India.
The character sketches are very poor. We John, who goes from ruthless to teary eyed in a flash when Nana meets his son. He also suddenly realizes who are his well wishers and how horrible he has been. Very unconvincing. Nana's character lacks detail. Sameera herself seems to be unsure of what she exactly wants till the end.
For the performances, Nana is as overthetop and annoying as ever. Sonali does not put any effort into playing her part of a poor woman of a chawl. John fails to give any decent expression and Sameera is there just for the heck of it.
As for the story, yes, it did have great potential of a rich man crossing the path of a poor guy. Some scenes could have flown like the one where Nana really cares for his son, and where John and Nana ask each other how much loss each has suffered. But the scene dies within a second, without any impact. To add to it, there is a constant shrieking voice after every 15 minutes that really made me want to turn off the film for good. But I put myself through the torture, and in the climax saw a very unnecessary Priyanka Chopra. The songs are good but poorly timed, and ineffective as the ones acting them out seem absolutely uninterested.
All in all, this movie comes across as a bad attempt in forging out a good script. Disappointing.
Direction by Milan Luthria is good Music is good too, Bambai Nagaria is well sung by Bhappi Lahiri, songs are mostly kept to the background, Meter Down was the mandatory item song those days, while Aazmale is well placed
Nana Patekar is simply flawless as Raghav Shastri, his expressions, dialogue delivery everything is spt on, some people may feel he is repetitive but then certain roles require certain traits John Abraham tries hard and does well in his role though he does get repetitive and at times tries a bit too hard, but yet one of his good performances Shonali Kulkarni is amazing in her role which was her comeback, Sameera Reddy is awful as always Kurush Deboo, Ganesh Yadav all leave a mark, Shivaji Satham too is flawless in his role, Ajay Jadhav as the hawaldar is simply brilliant, Smita Jaykar and others are good
Nicely pulled off script by Patekar I must say.. he brings magic to the screen the same kinda snazzy crude humor that only guys like Sanjju baba can pull off. Sanjay dutt in whatever small commentary he did .. created great interest and I wonder whether they had to make him even a script :P
This movie has great comic timing and thank god its neither like Gram Masala or any of the Priya Darshnini movies.. thank good for not making a soup in the end...
Now go watch and fun
Good music and songs by Adnan Sami. Music director Vishal & Shekher gave a remarkable score, a very unique combination of their talents with Dav Kohli's lyrics.
Photography is excellent by newcomer Kartik Vijay. Overall it was done nicely.
The story unfolds when two individuals from totally different lifestyles bump into each other and prove to be each other's nemeses! Nana Patekar does a class act and it seems that the role was tailor-made for him. John Abraham is really beginning to get his act together and does a decent job. The chemistry between the two lead actors is what makes the movie worth your while. Truly, the casting has come up trumps!
Yes, it's got its pitfalls - the script isn't flawless, tends to be patchy at times and the overall work could surely have been better. One only wishes that more effort and time would have been invested to make this film a really delectable experience.
Again, the film makers have to be commended for not yielding to any song and dance routine (except for the introductory song) which keeps the film racing and bracing!
Rating : 7 on 10
***Spoilers*** Nana has very similar issues with his family to what Jackson did. There is a scene in the movie where nana is following John, comes right next to John and shows him the nuts of John's tire, and a cross shaped tire bolt opener. That scene is copied from changing lanes as it is. In changing lanes Ben Afflec is going to the court cuz he's a lawyer, and Jackson is also going to the court. In Taxi, John is sitting in a Taxi that Nana is driving but is also going to the court for his father's fortune case. There are things that are completely different from Changing Lanes, but still, its plagiarism.
I agree with what jani-trulove said, this movie is a copy of changing lanes with Indian masala. But more than that, I enjoyed reading sandhirflora's review about the movie. There are definitely directional flaws in the movie and that is due to the fact that the movie was filmed in 45 days or something. Thats what I learned from watching the special features of the movie. I agree that film-makers have a social and moral responsibility, but I think in India it is very common to not care about such responsibilities among film-makers.
One thing that I have come to realize is that it must be a very praised and respectful thing to copy scripts in Bollywood. I have seen numerous Bollywood movies with copied plots, scripts, and stories from Hollywood. I am sure people in India know that these movies are copied because I read reviews from people in India all the time. However, most of the people are very energetic and happy about the fact that the movie is copied. I've read some people even say that the copied version is better than the original. I guess this sort of thinking comes from the way you're brought up. Its not people's fault if they are not properly brought up to tell the difference between right and wrong when it comes to plagiarism and one's original work. Bollywood film makers take the saying "reinventing the wheel" in an absolute opposite way.
What I find funny is that when I rent these Indian movies they have an FBI warning in the beginning saying that pirating this rented version is illegal, and yet they fail to give credits to the Hollywood movies from which they copy these Indian movies. I find that very ironic.
Two utterly different guys have quite a few things in common - big mouth, can't keep their calm, want to do the things way they think is right and top of it are facing strikingly similar personal problems - both at the verge of a financial disaster.
Chance encounter leads the two to their worst nightmares, with one waging for others blood. However, the timely self-realization by both turns it into a fruitful encounter and eases out the life - supposedly, living happily ever after :-).
Direction is above average, plot intriguing, character portrayal good, cinematography also good (lures you to visit the real mumbai), above all a nice cameo by Priyanka Chopra in the end. Nana is pretty good - does his archetypal role, talks a lot, but thank God he doesn't shout that much.
In all its worth a one time watch.
Despite that this movie seems to hold your attention because of its length and curiosity factor. You get through the initial part due the curiosity factor and get through the rest because just when you are about to get frustrated you sense the ending and the movie is over.
The movie is not a original its copied from changing lanes which i haven't seen but I'm sure is again a very over the top movie.
The songs are not good and the video of the song is as misleading as the title.
The acting is top class although i constantly felt pity for johns character and extreme hatred for nanas character.
Also the ending is high on hope and has a lovely cameo.
Normally i would have given it a 4.5 but the ending and length give it a five. Watch the rerun on TV or the cheap matinée show.