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Aiyyaa (2012)

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A woman goes on the hunt for her dream man, armed with her wild imagination, her passion for Masala-films, and her ultra-sensitive sense of smell.

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Meenakshi Deshpande
Prithviraj Sukumaran ...
Surya (as Prithviraj)
Nirmiti Sawant ...
Aai, Meenakshi's mother
Subodh Bhave ...
Madhav
Jyoti Subhash ...
Dadi, Meenakshi's grandma
Satish Alekar ...
Baba, Meenakshi's father
Anita Date ...
Mynah
Amey Wagh ...
Nana
Kishori Balal ...
Surya's mother (as Kishori Ballal)
Pakoda Pandi ...
Pakkada, canteen boy (as Pakkada Pandi)
Shubhangi Damle ...
Madhav's mother
Umesh Kulkarni ...
Newspaper boy
Suraj Satav ...
College registrar
Prashant Tapaswi ...
College peon (as Prashant Tapaswee)
Dinesh Mapari ...
Auto rickshaw driver
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Wildly imaginative and film-obsessed, Meenakshi Deshpande has an extra sensitive nose. After she is hired to work in a local college's library, she catches a wonderful scent in the air. The source is Surya, a handsome and enigmatic art student from a Tamil family. Meanwhile, Meenakshi's eccentric Marathi family has arranged for her marriage to Madhav, a kind and sensible man. Meenakshi is torn between marrying her parents' choice for a seemingly ideal husband, or following her nose and chasing the hunky stranger who may or may not be all that he seems. Written by L. Hamre

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Go wakda (Go crooked/wacky)

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Aiyyaa Re!
19 January 2013 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

I was quite excited about this one as I'm curious about any film Rani Mukherjee does outside her comfort zone (cough cough minus Khans and Chopra). Moreover the film is produced by Anurag Kashyap which further peaked my interest. However, 'Aiyyaa' fails to deliver. The two major problems were the pacing and the script. Some serious editing was required because it seriously drags. Perhaps about an hour of the film could have easily been left out to make this at least more enjoyable.

The key part of the film, the relationship between Surya and Meenakshi is not explored at all. We see Meenakshi stalking him as she's seduced by his smell but why? What's so powerful about it that she finds herself stalking him? The Surya character is cardboard and Mynah is among the most annoying supporting characters. She really is intolerable. Moreover she even gets a song number which is the worst part of 'Aiyyaa'. Speaking of songs, most of them appear randomly and are shot like those horrible Tamil item numbers (except that here they look more expensive).

Rani has proved in the past that she has a knack for comedy which has been wasted in silly films. Sadly, 'Aiyyaa' isn't an exception but that doesn't change the fact that Rani is exceptional (whether it's her acting or dancing) despite the poor writing. She's full of energy. I thoroughly enjoyed her rendition of Sridevi, Juhi, Madhuri and Silk Smitha in those song sequences. Those are perhaps the funniest sequences, along with the possible suitors. Nirmiti Sawant too provides some laughs as Meenakshi's obsessed mother. Subodh Bhave delivers a sincere performance.

'Aiyyaa' does look quite expensive. Too bad director Sachin Kundalkar hasn't put the money to better use.


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