Most stories sound interesting on paper or when narrated in 10/15 minutes flat. But when you watch the full-blown cinematic version, you realize why most Hindi films fall flat on their face. Sujoy Ghosh's Aladin promises the moon, but what you get is a mere flicker. This fantasy had the trappings to transport you to fantasyland, but… Seriously, Sujoy could've run his imagination wild and come up with a film that would've made the child in you jump, scream and clap with glee. But 15/20 minutes into the film and you realize that Aladin is merely a visual spectacle. A film that lacks soul!
After having watched Aladin, I too desire three wishes...
* Wish 1: Henceforth, actors shouldn't ask for scripts before they sign on the dotted line;
* Wish 2: Producers should act more responsibly. They shouldn't be mere moneybags, but have creative control too;
* Wish 3: Directors and writers should stop taking the intelligent viewer for granted. Will a genie appear and fulfil my wishes? I doubt!