De TaaliCast: Riteish Deshmukh, Aftab Shivdasani, Rimmi Sen, Ayesha Takia; Director: Eshwar Niwas; Rating: **

The Friday verdict is out for the romantic comedy, ‘De Taali’. The flick has failed to garner applause or ‘taali’ from the audience. The response to the film is ‘thanda’, with a limp storyline and psychotic treatment of the film.

Director E Niwas took a risk and tried his hand in a different genre, although he is otherwise known for hard-hitting movies like ‘Dum’ and ‘Bardaasht’. And the risk turned out to be fatal. Even a host of established actors like Aftab Shivdasani, Riteish Deshmukh, Ayesha Takia and Rimmi Sen, could not save the film. However, Riteish did deliver a good performance within the limited scope, which the film offered.

The film has some breezy moments and a bit of fun elements thrown in with great effort. The first half appears to be drawn straight out of Archie comics, where the trio Aftab, Ayesha and Riteish, seem to be performing the roles of Archie, Betty and Jughead respectively.

The film revolves around three characters- Paglu, Amu and Abhi, who happen to be the best of friends. Out of the three close friends, one is desperately in search of love, the other isn`t aware that she`s in love and the third one is trying to get the two together.

Their lives becomes turbulent when Rimmi Sen (Veronica) enters the scene. Everything merely goes berserk only in the latter half, really. Confused? Bound to be, and adding to your confusion, ‘De Taali’ introduces some other minor characters and sub-plots – a failed attempt to create hilarious situations.

The music of the film scored by the duo Vishal-Shekhar and Shekhar Ravjiani is very average. Produced by Sahara One Motion Pictures and Rising Star Entertainment production, ‘De Taali’ had seemed to be an interesting blend of fun, friendship and love, but the movie doesn’t match up to the expectations. The movie has its parallel to KKHH, Dil Chahta Hai and Love Ke Liye Saala Kuch Bhi Karega.

It is sad for Bollywood to suffer through one after the other less than average flicks. Hope, a new movie comes up quickly that truly deserves ‘Taali’ and uplifts the morale of Bollywood. Two stars for the flick!

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