Film: "Kal Kissne Dekha"; Cast: Jaccky Bhagnani, Vishali Desai, Rishi Kapoor, Archana Puran Singh; Director: Vivek Sharma; Rating: **
Kal Kiss....sounds like something we
would rather do today. Since the film had the word `kiss` tucked into its title,
we waited patiently for the young couple to share at least one chaste kiss.
Alas, the closest debutants Jaccky Bhagnani and Vaishali Desai come to a kiss is a coquettish collision on the college campus where our simple, robust, prankster hero from Chandigarh, with a few vital tips from his Bebe back home (Archana Puran Singh, wonder how Kirron Kher missed out on this one) teaches the campus b**** a lesson or two in social etiquette and basic good manners.
Bebe did it for Shah Rukh in "Duplicate" and "Om Shanti Om". "Kal Kissne Dekha" has nothing to give the audience except a two-hour-plus show reel for the newcomer from his indulgent producer-father.
As a vehicle for Jaccky`s aptitude this is a harmless, inoffensive, sometimes fun but never funny (in spite of concerted attempts at humour) vehicle.
Sadly, the audience at the moment is in no mood to indulge the producer-father. It expects much more than just indulgent trivia from large-screen entertainment.
The writing skills displayed in young Bhagnani`s launch pad range from the intentionally funny to the abysmally tacky.
The eye-confectionary is innocuous as long as the simple boy with the innocent smile (with incredibly white over-decalcified teeth) and the campus female-brat fight it out through a primeval mating game interspersed with `cool` songs and dances with enough colours to put a mammoth carnival to shame.
The serious stuff ends up being embarrassing in its clumsiness. Casting Rishi Kapoor as a college professor who moonlights as a terrorist is a bomb of an idea.
Please, yaar! We know Kapoor is the last word in versatility. But you can`t have him smirking under makeup planting bombs randomly all over Mumbai.
`A Wince-Day`, anybody?
Interpolating extremism in a college romance is an extremely careless thing to do. We can`t have terrorism as a potboiler formula. Worse, we can`t have Riteish Deshmukh as a funny don bumbling all over shopping malls and dance floors with his army of two henchmen, one effeminiate and the other indeterminate. Both hugely annoying, like their boss.
The same is more or less true of the film. While director Vivek Sharma could wring a few moist-eyed scenes from his audience in his film about a friendly ghost "Bhootnath", the closest we come to any emotion while watching "Kal Kissne Dekha" is impatience.
It`s fine for an indulgent father to throw a party to introduce his son. But must we be invited as peering guests looking desperately for that fun spot in the proceedings where even the music is of the most unpalatable variety?
All said and done, the debutants are easy on the eyes. Vaishali is leggy and moves well to the screechy music. Jaccky conveys the earnestness of the boy next door who will help an old lady across the street with a jig and a smile, hoping some producer is watching his good deed of the day. You never know.
Actor-producer Jackky Bhagnani, who has been missing from the limelight as an actor since 2015 film 'Welcome 2 Karachi', says he wants to associate himself with films that inspire him as an actor. 'I have not been seen as an actor since Welcome 2 Karachi' and that was a conscious decision. From now on, I want to do work that inspires me as a human being and as an actor. I do not want to do films just for the sake of it. But you will be seeing me real soon,' Jackky told IANS. Read More
Nihal Singh from Chandigarh is a seemingly simple yet unconventional boy. He talks too much, questions everything and builds complicated gadgets in his spare time. He has a brilliant mind and an oddball sort of charm. He adores his mother, has dreams of studying in the most elite institute of science and always looks for big ideas in small things.
But and yes there is a big but...Nihal has a secret. When he accepted into his dream college in Bombay city, he is over the moon. College is a whole new world, full of color, new people and new challenges to be met. Initially nobody takes him seriously. He is ragged by his seniors, insulted by the girl he likes and so on. Nihal however slowly wins them over. The girl Nihal likes.. is Meesha. She is the spoilt brat of the college. She is proud, rude and rolling in money. And she cannot accept that Nihal is managaing to charm everyone. Including Professor Verma is fascinated by Nihal`s unique mind and agrees to become his mentor.
Suddenly Nihal`s world is rudely interrupted. Nihal gets vision of Meesha being in danger. He saves her life and his secret is revealed. The media and TV channels are all buzzing with only one news; Nihal Singh from Chandigrah can see the future. Meesha softens towards him and love blooms. But how long will the peace last?
What Nihal doesn`t know is that someone is trying to use his gift against him. In his innocence he is manipulated and his visions become a tool. Will betrayal be his fate... or will Nihal`s brilliant mind recognize the traitor before he destroys everything that Nihal loves....? Kal Kissne Dekha?