When Agastya (Akshay Kumar), a NASA scientist, fails to invent a
machine (that would help us to communicate with the aliens) in UK,
he travels back to his village Paglapur, which isn't considered as
a part of India. When we get introduced to the remote village
Paglapur, it gives us a feel of a circus, where each clown has a
different role to play. Every character in Paglapur is a complete
lunatic, more or less kind of an asylum. The unfortunate thing
about this village is that it lacks basic facilities like water and
electricity. When nobody is ready to solve the problem, Akshay
Kumar creates a hoax by involving aliens in order to attract
attention to the village's problems. The film is surely a laugh
riot, that provides you with no logic.
The first half is not a bad attempt by Kunder, but as it
proceeds, things go lousy and over-the-top. Every attempt by
Agastya for the betterment of Paglapur fails, as his rival
scientist (Simon) Alexx O'Nell stand tall as a hurdle to crack
Akki's tricks. But that doesn't stop Akki and he does what he aimed
for. In a way, Joker is out-and-out illogical movie. But
every character promises a great deal of laughter as expected from
a typical Akshay Kumar style flick.
Surprisingly, Akshay Kumar wasn't a great comedy in
Joker. He does his part well, but we feel no NASA
scientist would ever do such dramas and tamashaas to grab the
Government's attention for the prosperity of a neglected village.
Sonakshi wasn't too convincing. The best one in Joker was
none other than Shreyas Talpade. He was outstanding as
You can see Akshay and Sonakshi in some crazy, tacky attire that
adds no humour. In fact, after watching out such brilliant stars in
such crazy costumes, doing some insane acts in the film, we feel
nothing except pitying them. The film also introduces us to some
dirty, monstrous looking aliens that might just scare you at a
glance, unlike the cute, adorable Jaadu from Koi Mil Gaya.
If you believe that these hideous aliens could only speak in
gibberish and have no other job in the movie, you are sure in for a
surprise. These aliens are skilled performers, they dance and even
entertain you. Well, does that sound funny? Not at all because when
you watch out these creatures dancing around, it would surely make
you say "WHAT THE CRAP IS GOING ON?" In fact, this entire alien
related episode looks very artificial and idiotic.
Positives: Joker lends out a good
message. There are so many remote villages in India that are
lagging behind. The Government may not even know the names of these
neglected villages. So, why not, we being the citizens of this
nation, try out our bit to help these underprivileged ones to live
a better life. This was possibly the best thing, one could learn
from this madcap comedy.
The music was quite good. Chitrangada's item number in
Joker adds spice and grabs many eyeballs. The movie's
cinematography is quite impressive.
Negatives: The lead characters fail to deliver
a stupendous performance, while the supporting actors does their
respective part well. The second half is a full on tamaasha and
would sure give you a headache. I feel Joker could have
been a better piece, but Kunder's overrated madness spoiled its
Watch or Not?
Joker is one-time watch as it is a mass entertainer and
delivers a lovely message. But note one important thing: Do not
fail to carry a Disprin tablet, as it might leave you suffering
from a severe headache in the second half.