Okay, I’ve got a question for you – what happens when a bad film does well? The answer to that is, more bad films get made. This week’s new release Cash is a perfect example of the point I’m trying to make.
If director Anubhav Sinha’s last film, the very idiotic Dus hadn’t turned out to be a hit, he wouldn’t have been inspired to make another film on similar lines.
Now Cash is a heist film, but it’s made with zero intelligence and no skill whatsoever on the part of every single person who’s worked on it, barring perhaps the action director who’s designed some cool stunts.
The film itself is like one of those mindless video games in which all characters walk and talk like robots, delivering lines that are so corny, even schoolchildren could come up with better.
There’s a convoluted plot involving the search for a missing diamond, and a gang of crooks flown into South Africa to steal the damn diamond.
Sunil Shetty and Dia Mirza hire Ajay Devgan to pull off the heist, who in turn hires Ritesh Deshmukh and Zayed Khan to help him. Somewhere in the middle of this muddle, there’s a very under-dressed Esha Deol who helps the boys, and on the right side of the law there’s Shamita Shetty trying to nab the thieves.
Don’t even ask me to comment on the screenplay of this film, it’s got so many holes it would resemble a fishing net. The director’s focus is clearly on the look of the film, giving it a slick, racy feel, even merging live action scenes with Japanese animation or manga.
But you know, none of that adds much to the overall viewing pleasure because very little of it makes any sense in the context of the script. The actors perform so mechanically and look so disinterested, I’m convinced they weren’t paid to do this film.
It’s films like this that give Hindi cinema a bad name. A film like Cash is the perfect example of exactly what’s wrong with Hindi movies. It’s a shame someone agreed to finance a film like this, and it’s a shame that actors agreed to work in this film. But most of all it’s a shame we have to watch this film.
I’ll go with one out of five and a thumbs down for director Anubhav Sinha’s Cash, the one star strictly for the film’s superior technical values. It’s a mind-numbing experience that you don’t deserve to subject yourself to. This Cash left me with a very unpleasant rash.