Attack of the clones


Vivek Nityananda


HOW COME EVERY new star looks like someone we already know? If Harman Baweja had to battle Hrithik Roshan comparisons, Jackky Bhagnani, the hero of Kal Kissne Dekha, isn’t going to have an easier time given his resemblance to Uday Chopra. While this is no fault of his, one can surely fault the movie for taking the look-alike leitmotif further and deciding to imitate half a dozen movies before introducing us to the special device upon which the plot limply hangs.

We therefore must witness a recycling of a hundred college movies and be reminded that big city colleges are full of bitchy classmates, that bad boys in college come with leather jackets and bikes, and heroines exist only for the hero to fall for and tame. Since this is a launch vehicle, we must bear with the scriptwriter as he sets up situations so we can discover that not only does our small town hero Nihaal (Jackky Bhagnani) have a heart, he also is a stunning dancer, can lift a gazillion weights and is a whiz at science. Boy, are we impressed! The heroine Meesha (Vaishali Desai) certainly is, as she quits her simpering and plunges into Nihaal’s arms after he saves her from a bomb. You heard that right! For, not content with making Nihaal an allround super guy, the Lord has granted him supernatural powers. He can see the future! Remember the title? Once this is let out of the bag, everyone wants Nihaal’s help, especially the police. They are desperately trying to locate and defuse a series of bombs planted all over the city by the dastardly villain (Rahul Dev) who is in cahoots with an unknown mastermind.

The film shifts into thriller mode as it is now up to Nihaal to do the needful and save Mumbai from annihilation while trying to track the goons who’ve kidnapped his girlfriend. Which is all very well but isn’t it a bit early for a film to talk of bombs blowing up hotels and VT station? The performances are nothing to write home about, but Rishi Kapoor as Nihaal’s science teacher, Archana Pruan Singh as his mother and Riteish Deshmukh as a comic don trying to tap into Nihaal’s visions light up this otherwise tepid film.

For a film about vision, this one spends too much time hawking age-old routines. We encountered foreseeing the future just a few months ago. It got one thing right, however. The future is most definitely uncertain. Who would have thought we’d be seeing another movie like this?


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