It’s election time, and some genius probably thought Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro was ripe for an update. And so we have two bumbling reporters (Pulkit Samrat, Bilal Amrohi) mired in deal-making politics, scams, a bridge collapse, unprincipled media practices, and a corpse that just won’t lie still. (Reporter One: “Yeh Avinash hai.” Reporter Two: “Nahin, yeh ab laash hai.”) But that film, alas, lacked the moment where the hero laid eyes on the heroine and burst into song. Umesh Bist, the director of O Teri, is determined to make amends. Vijay Raaz devotees will enjoy seeing the actor cut loose – he’s always watchable. And fans of Angelina Jolie might be surprised at Sarah-Jane Dias’s resemblance to their tomb-raiding idol. The comparison doesn’t stop there. The driving force behind Dias’s selection of scripts, too, seems to hark back to Jolie: Gone in 60 Seconds. First, the disastrous Abhishek Bachchan thriller Game. Then, Kyaa Super Kool Hai Hum. And now, this raucous mess, which has the gall to quote the Father of the Nation: Be the change you wish to see… Too bad the scriptwriter didn’t get that note.
* O Teri = What the…
* “Yeh Avinash hai” = This is Avinash
* “Nahin, yeh ab laash hai” = No, this is a corpse
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