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Karzzz – Movie Review

October 18, 2008

Remakes are rarely as good as their originals and Karzzz is no exception. The 1980 Karz (Rishi Kapoor and Tina Munim) was a blockbuster, but one wonders whether blockbusters should be remade. Particularly movies like Karz. Reincarnation as a theme is fine, but the whole rigmarole of the mothers exhorting sons to revenge, larger than life villains and helpless women waiting for a man to come and rescue them can put off today’s generation.

That said, this film is all about Himesh Reshammiya. He plays Monty, a rock star. His swinging gait, soft expressive face and the way he sings, make him right for the role even though he doesn’t have the looks or the body to play the typical Bollywood hero. His fans are bound to love him in the movie even though his acting is no great shakes.

What is the movie really about?
The film is shot entirely in South Africa and Kenya. Monty is a famous rock star in South Africa and travels to Kenya for a holiday, which is where he had lived in his previous life. What is trying about this film is that it doesn’t give you the kind of suspension from disbelief that is a must for this kind of theme. Just one example: when Monty tell his girl-friend (played by Sweta Kumar) that he has been re-born, she and her adopted father (Danny Denzongpa) believe him almost instantly, as if reincarnation is a common occurrence! Even Monty takes to the suggestion (that his nightmares could be memories from a previous life) the very first time it is put to him. Too much time is spent on Monty’ current life and too little on his realization that he is after all not Monty, but Ravi, the scion of a rich landed family from Kenya who had been murdered 25 years previously.

It is not surprising that the director gets little time to provide viewers with suspension from disbelief – too much of the two hours twenty minutes is spent on songs. The movie is full of songs, most of them item numbers with girls in hot pants and Monty singing his heart out. The music isn’t bad (mostly composed by Himesh) although a little loud. The remake of the Ek Hasina Thi song is haunting, and keeps playing in one’s head, although the original is better. One would have enjoyed the music more if Himesh had made an effort to learn dancing for his role.
The movie is not boring, and even though one knows the story and the end is somewhat predictable, there is an element of suspense. Himesh is quite alright in the film although if you don’t like him it’s best to stay away. However, the movie is treat not just for his fans, but also for those of Urmila Matondkar. She plays Kamini, a scheming, cold-blooded murderess. She not only looks stunning, she acts well, even if her acting is a trifle melodramatic. Himesh disappoints in the last scenes. This was his chance to show his acting prowess, but alas, he fails.

The other actors, like Rohini Hattangady (plays the mother), Gulshan Grover (plays the villain Sir Judah) and Dino Morea (plays Ravi Verma) have little screen time. None of them make an impact, and neither does Sweta Kumar, who plays Monty’s girl-friend. There is a lot that the director could have done with Sir Judah, but he is mostly kept in the background. It’s Kamini, the villainess, who dominates and that isn’t a bad thing at all.

This movie lacks star power and people will be reluctant to see it. And considering that most of the actors do an average job, and the cinematography, the sets, and screenplay are not worth talking about, it is unlikely that this movie will get good word of mouth.

(This movie review has also been published here, where I have given the movie two stars. The rating is an indication of how good or bad the movie is cinematically…it does not take into account the entertainment value. A good movie should be cinematically good and also entertaining, and in such cases the movie would get at least four stars. Karzzz isn’t exceptional from the point of view of the cinematography or direction but is instead a mish mash that avoids being boring (as long as you don’t hate Himesh Reshammiya).)

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. Vivek Khadpe permalink
    October 18, 2008 8:29 am


  2. Vivek Khadpekar permalink
    October 18, 2008 8:31 am


    //I have sent a note to the owner to make a change too.//

    Et tu Brute?

  3. October 18, 2008 9:15 am

    i dont like remakes and one with himesh… 😯 and so am not going to waste money on this one! Am planning to watch “jangle book” with my kiddo on this weekend!! πŸ™‚

  4. October 18, 2008 9:28 am

    Vivek, oh you have no idea how many spelling mistakes I make before the spell check! πŸ™‚

    Sakhi, so the secret is out! Kiddo huh. Now it is my turn to envy you…at times I long for the time when my children were small and I could view a movie through their eyes. I enjoyed every little moment of my motherhood, for me it was like being on a high all the time! πŸ™‚ Enjoy this time Sakhi, it’s the most wonderful period in your life.

  5. October 18, 2008 9:31 am

    U r gutsy who could buy a ticket to watch Himesh Featured movie kkkarz.

    For me it was work. Had to. πŸ™‚ But it was an interesting experience. Now I know what he is like. πŸ™‚ I think he should give up visions about being a “hero” in films. – Nita.

  6. Vivek Khadpekar permalink
    October 18, 2008 10:12 am

    @Nita: I meant about sending a note to the owner to make a change πŸ™‚

    Ohhhh! I know what you mean. It is so embarrassing! πŸ™‚ But where about sending notes to me, don’t you worry! I don’t mind it at all! – Nita.

  7. October 18, 2008 10:29 am

    I “suggested” to my parents that we can go to watch this movie. My father said – Don’t you dare!!! We can’t stand him even in television. πŸ˜€
    So, I guess, its better to skip this one.

  8. October 18, 2008 10:36 am

    Amit, that is what a lot of people feel. They can’t stand him. He doesn’t have the kind of looks or polish that many “heroes” have. I mean, if anyone thought Govinda was a downmarket bollywood hero, I guess Himesh is a notch below this! I actually felt sorry for Himesh. He is trying to be everything and very few can manage that. I mean one has to know one’s limitations. He is a musician and it should stay that way. I remember Elvis Presley, he was so charming, stunning to look at, and more of a music phenomenon than Himesh, but even he flopped as an actor.

  9. October 18, 2008 11:04 am

    I have no fascination for Himesh,but i think people pver criticize him,just bcoz he happens to be a successful person(may it be in another field) and many are jealous of him that they won’t let go even a small mistake..

    We have more crappy actors in our industry..But Himesh has be attacked from all sides and thatz not fair.Since he has no godfather-tail,anybody walking down the street can throw mud at him….and the same people sing songs to stupid acting by son/daughter of some celebrity..Very hypocritical..

    P.s :This is not to you Nita,you have given a neutral response..But i have read reviews which insult him too much..Again,i dn’t like himesh..But that doesn’t mean others are err-free ..Atleast he is trying ,that too among high profile actors like Big B and SRK ..No offence to anybody-but come down to south and see some of the ‘superstars ‘ acting..ROFL..I opt not to make comments..

    that’s true Nimmy, but what people look for in this industry are looks and body. Whether this is right or wrong isn’t the point. They want it, and then if these hunks can’t act, people tolerate it. With Himesh unfortunately he doesn’t have the looks of a hero, and so people cannot forgive his acting. Which in any case (as you rightly pointed out) isn’t that bad if one compares him to many others! – Nita.

  10. October 18, 2008 4:49 pm

    Nita, it isnt the polished looks for me. Its his voice. I just can’t stand it. So wild horses can’t drag me to see this movie.

  11. Padmini permalink
    October 18, 2008 6:59 pm

    Kar zzz – I guess this is one that I will give a miss. Is he now sporting a wig or is that his own hair?

  12. October 18, 2008 9:35 pm

    Karz is one of the movies which I had liked, mainly songs were really good and Rishi kapoor was easily acceptable as the singing star. Somehow the new one with Himesh does not excite me, I think they spoiled a good remake opportunity.

  13. October 19, 2008 9:52 pm

    I dont even like his looks in the movie πŸ˜›
    and i cant open the site :((
    its not loading

  14. October 19, 2008 10:13 pm

    Reema, yeah know what you mean!

    Padmini, looks like a wig doesn’t it! Almost all of them wear wigs I think depending on the character they are playing and Himesh’s hair certainly looks like a wig!

    Rambler, I haven’t seen the old Karz, so I cannot really compare. But I know I didn’t like the story of this movie and I think I wouldnt have liked the old karz even if it had great music. The kind of movies I liked of that time were those like Anand, Andaz, and the like.

    Arvind, I tried to load the site a few minutes ago. There was no problem.

  15. October 20, 2008 10:02 am

    I think remakes of blockbuster should not be made! It raises a different kind of expectations and most of the time remakes are not able to meet the same. Well, for Karzzzz, I saw Himesh promoting it one of the channels…arghhh and then only I decided I will not only see this movie! Himesh playing Rishi Kapoor…Never πŸ™‚
    BTW did you watch Hello? Whats your views on that?

    Kanypriya, I didn’t watch Hello as I get an allergic reaction whenever I see Salman Khan! πŸ™‚ – Nita.

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