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Tashan is one of the weakest films made by the Yash Raj banner and joins the ranks of Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag and Aaja Nachle as a box office disaster. The lesson to be learnt from Tashan is that a surfeit of gloss, glam and top stars can ever substitute for agood gripping script.
After Om Shanti Om a parody on the 1970s films was a great hit, Tashan makes an attempt to remake 1970s kind of films, adding today’s posh filmy technology. The result is a film with illogical situations, blood and gore, for no rhyme of reason. It is perfectly normal for the debutante director Vijay Krishna Acharya to revisit the classics and pay homage to the masala films of yesteryears, but the new version has to be contemporary and in accordance with times.
The story of Tashan runs like this: A call centre executive Jimmy (Saif Ali Khan) is entrusted the responsibility of teaching English to a gangster, Bhaiyyaji (Anil Kapoor). But Bhaiyyaji’s confidante Pooja (Kareena Kapoor) uses Jimmy to swindle Bhaiyyaji of Rs. 25 crores. Naturally, Bhaiyajji wants his money back and of course the heads of Jimmy and Pooja.
He appoints Bachchan Pande (Akshay Kumar) to carry out the job of tracing Pooja, once Jimmy surrenders himself to Bhaiyyaji. What happens next is a boring sequence of chases in circles.
Tashan starts off stylishly and the first hour unwinds at a brisk pace. There are interesting twists and turns in this hour that makes the narration interesting. Akshay’s entry in the movie is the turning point and the actor only saves the film.
Various factors ail the film. The film has unwanted scenes, an outdated love angle and the lengthy fight sequences. Another minus factor is Vishal-Shekhar’s music and he seems to have run out of tunes. The picturisation of some songs is, however, quite eye-filling.
Debutante director Vijay Krishna Acharya seems to have taken the audience for granted. Cinematography is excellent. The locales are a visual treat. Dialogues are good at places.
Tashan belongs to Akshay Kumar completely. Take Akshay out of this film and the movie is a big zero. Kareena Kapoor is fantastic. She looks gorgeous, acts very well Saif Ali Khan is relegated to the backseat. He’s hardly there in the second hour. Anil Kapoor entertains at the start, but after a point, the Hindi-English gets on your nerves. Also, it’s very difficult to decipher what he’s speaking most of the time.
Don’t feel sorry, if you missed the film. It is not worth a dekho

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