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Film review: Disastrous defunct 'Machine' – are the days of Abbas-Mustan over?
In the early 90's Abbas-Mustan made their debut with 'Agneekaal', a film which turned out to be a disaster. Then they delivered 'Khiladi', which was inspired from the mid 70's Rishi Kapoor starrer 'Khel Khel Mein' and set up a landmark in Bollywood's timeline.

After 'Khiladi', Abbas-Mustan became a name to reckon with in Bollywood, delivering 15 consecutive hits till 'Race 2'. Incidentally, most of their films so far have been inspired from super hit thrillers.

Then, suddenly they changed their genre, switching to comedy and made an absolute crap called 'Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon' casting comedian Kapil Sharma in the lead role. Albeit the film did decent business at the box office.

Finally, when they announced their new thriller 'Machine' with Abbas' son Mustafa and 'MS Dhoni: The Untold Story' fame actress Kiara Advani in the main lead roles, fans of the director duo had a sigh of relief. But their relief didn't last long with this defunct 'Machine'. It turns out to be just a 2 hour 28 minutes of mental agony for cinema goers. Nothing in the film goes on in a correct way.

First of all, the film has no script at all. There is basically not a teaspoonful of objectivity or logic throughout the film. Even acting is just below the basic standards. Editing and VFX seem amateurish. The music of the film too, is a blunder and the refurbished versions of "Chatur Naar" and "Tu Cheez Badi Hai" are a pain to bear through.

It's very unfortunate and painful to see the makers of thrillers like 'Baazigar', 'Ajnabee', 'Humraaz' and 'Race' now offering debacle of a movie called 'Machine'. Last year, when 'Dishoom' had hit screens, the audience saw a lot of potential in the young director Rohit Dhawan, who looks to be taking forward the legacy of Abbas-Mustan in the thriller genre, although he is the son of comedy king David Dhawan.

Finally, to be honest, I have to say that the clad-in-white masters of edgy twists whom we call Abbas-Mustan miserably fail with Machine, which could easily be labeled as the worst film of their career so far. Watch 'Machine' only he you have time and money to waste. It seems like the end of an era of decent thrillers, for which once Abbas-Mustan were so famous for.

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