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Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic (2008)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 28 June 2008 (USA)
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An angel, a man and 4 orphans come together to bring you a story filled with fun, excitement, tears, love and magic.

Director:

Kunal Kohli

Writers:

Rohena Gera (screenplay), Kunal Kohli (story, screenplay, dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Saif Ali Khan ... Ranbeer Talwar
Rani Mukerji ... Geeta
Rishi Kapoor ... God
Akshat Chopra Akshat Chopra ... Vashisht Walia
Shriya Sharma Shriya Sharma ... Aditi Walia
Rachit Sidana Rachit Sidana ... Iqbal Walia
Ayushi Burman Ayushi Burman ... Avantika Walia
Ameesha Patel ... Malaika (as Ameesha)
Sharat Saxena ... Judge Jaswant Rai
Mahesh Thakur ... Lawyer
Razak Khan ... Pappu - Talwar's butler
Taraana Raja Taraana Raja ... (as Tarana Raja Kapoor)
Yash Belani Yash Belani ... Kid Ranbeer
Jyoti Gauba ... Kid Ranbeer's Mother
Rushita Pandya Rushita Pandya ... Kid Ranbeer's Friend (as Rushitaa Pandyaa)
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Storyline

In a rare landmark court verdict, business tycoon Ranbeer (Saif Ali Khan) is sentenced to raise the very children whose parents he killed in an accident. Written by Official source

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children | orphan | angel | award | magic | See All (59) »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

28 June 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Little Love, a Little Magic See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

INR 200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$181,610, 29 June 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$365,401, 10 July 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,631,012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1 surround)

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Kunal Kohli initially asked Ameesha Patel to lose slight weight for her role in the film. Kohli and Malhotra spent hours deciding her look in the film. See more »

Goofs

Balject Singh Marwah is listed in the credits as "Saif's Driver." Saif Ali Khan is the actor who plays the character "Ranbeer Talwar." The listing of credit confuses the actor with his character. The credits should have said "Ranbeer's Driver" instead. See more »

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[first lines]
Unknown: And now coming to the main award of this evening, the winner of the CNBC-TV18 India Business Leader Award 2008 is Mr Ranbeer Talwar!
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For the film's title, the i of magic is shaped like Rani Mukerji's character Geeta See more »

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References 101 Dalmatians (1961) See more »

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Beetey Kal Se
Music by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa
Lyrics by Prasoon Joshi
Performed by Shreya Ghoshal and Sneha Suresh
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Disappointing on every level
3 November 2011 | by sshogbenSee all my reviews

When I happened upon "Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic" at my local library, knowing nothing else about this film beforehand, the DVD presentation caught my eye as a good bet for an undemanding evening's entertainment: a simple light-hearted nanny story along lines of "Mary Poppins" or "The Sound of Music", presented by a solid star cast (Rani Mukherjee, Saif Ali Khan, Amisha Patel) whose work elsewhere I have much enjoyed.

How could such a project -- with so many good things going for it -- go so terribly wrong?

"Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic", however, disappoints in every way.

The script/dialogues were so stale and hackneyed the writer should be shot at dawn.

The director (Kunal Kohli) was asleep at the switch. Or so obsessed with packaging a 'commercial' project from tired formulae that he disregarded any concern with sense or quality.

['Commercialism' didn't work. The film lost money bigtime, anyway.]

Casting? The four children (who looked completely unalike) cast in the key roles as the four orphans at the heart of the story have to be THE least engaging, THE least talented, even THE least 'likeable' child actors I've seen in any movie for many years ... such completely unappealing, even outright repulsive children, that while watching this movie I found myself actually thinking the dead parents had had a lucky escape!

Rishi Kapoor's cameo appearance as God -- and a strangely ineffectual god at that, whether large or small "G" -- was a complete throwaway, underwritten and charmless.

What bothered me about this film most of all, I think, was the fundamental 'meanness of spirit' that pervaded the whole movie ... a meanness, even open maliciousness, that felt especially out of place given the genre and context.

Even music by the normally gifted Shankar Ehsaan Loy couldn't save this turkey.

"2" rather than "1" (IMDb's lowest possible rating) purely to credit actors Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Amisha Patel, and Sharat Saxena for their brave efforts, through individual performance, to try bringing anything useful whatsoever out of their poorly conceived and badly written characters in this hopelessly failed story.


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