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'Welcome to Sajjanpur', stay away from 'Hulla'
Of the movies released this Friday, Welcome to Sajjanpur is your ticket to entertainment, which has lots of rustic fun and A-rated performances by all caste, including Shreyas. However, sapless release Hulla doesn't rise to that tempo!
BOLLYWOOD IS booming; what with Bachchan inking a Rs 1,500 crore deal with Reliance and Akshay Kumar getting paid Rs 75 crore for a film! But, what about those producers who can’t afford such exorbitant price tags? Well, if they have the right contacts and the right producers – multiplexes are willing to play their films – the three releases this Friday don’t have any big names.


Welcome to Sajjanpur is directed by Shyam Benegal for UTV Spotboy. The film tells the story of the protagonist Shreyas Talpade: A budding writer, he is a flourishing letter writer in a not-so-remote village. It is built around the various characters he comes in contact with; particularly Amrita Rao, for whom he has a soft spot to the extent that he is willing to spoil things between her and her husband, Kunal Kapoor, who is in Mumbai for a livelihood.


Hulla is the story about the protagonist, Sushant Singh, and the antagonist (if the character can be termed so) Rajat Kapoor. A seemingly trivial issue forms the plot of this film.


The issue: The noise the watchman makes in the night while patrolling the society. Result: Sushant Singh can’t sleep in the night. The execution leaves much to be desired. It seems to be a rushed up job to cash in on the mammoth success of Bheja Fry, but falls flat on face!


What rocks the movies


Welcome to Sajjanpur has plenty going for it. The performances are A-rate. Shreyas as always gets into the skin of the character. The satire is aplenty and works most of the time and in spite of being a comedy – the various issues raised by the filmmaker touch the audiences.


Same can’t be said about Hulla, though. In short it’s much hulla about nothing.


What chucks the movie


Welcome to Sajjanpur is marred by the four or five odd songs. What was the need for them, instead writers could have added more meat to the supporting characters. The buildup to the killings of Ravi Kishan and Rajeshwari could have been established. Also, the climax seems to be a rushed up job. Shyam Benegal is known for his realistic feel to the life (Ankur, Nishant) but over here, all you get is a designer village (may be to conform to film’s feel good appeal).


For Hulla, nothing works. The acts are good, but not brilliant. Rajat Kapoor has given better performances, same for Sushant Singh.


Verdict


Out of the three movies this Friday, Welcome to Sajjanpur is your ticket to entertainment but stay cautious – the film has a heavy dialect.
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