Action ReplayCast: Akshay Kumar, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Rannvijay Singh, Kirron Kher, Om Puri, Aditya Roy; Director: Vipul Shah; Rating: 2 out of 5.

Young Bunty (Aditya Roy Kapoor) doesn’t want to marry his girlfriend because he’s seen his mom, Mala (Aishwarya Rai) and dad, Kishen (Akshay Kumar) spend their life sparring with each other. Will he change his mind after he gets a chance to do a bit of time travel, revisit the past and set his parent’s love story straight?

Retro is chic in Bollywood right now. And director Vipul Shah seems to have got his research right on the glorious 1970s, when go-go girls romanced bell-bottomed guys with the twist, the shake and the tube-burst of colours. Stylistically, Action Replayy is a fun watch and sets the 70s generation on a nostalgia binge, even as it opens up an exotic window to a vibrant new world for a whole new generation of new millennium kids. The long-haired Akshay and the pig-tailed Aishwarya bring back the pyar-mohabbat (romance) ishtyle from the past. And the retro idiom works….But only till a point.

Ash AkshayThe problem with Action Replayy is the going-nowhere humour track. The gags aren’t too funny and the tu-tu main-main between Akshay and Aishwarya borders on the juvenile. The film perks up only when son Bunty manages to do a make-over of his dopey dad and Akshay emerges in his more dapper avatar as the archetypal hero who has just one job at hand. He must tame the shrew (Aishwarya) who has been tormenting him for long and turn her into wife material. And that’s a task which needs to be urgently done, since there’s a rival in love (Rannvijay), waiting in the wings to lure the vixen into his lair.

The film is obviously inspired by Robert Zememkis’ 1985 film, Back To The Future, where teenager Michael J. Fox had a similar job at hand. But must we need to tell you which one was better….Action Replayy needed a much smarter script to keep the laughter ringing. Akshay Kumar desperately needs to get back to his action replay if he really wants to re-energise his franchise. The goofy common man act isn’t working anymore, simply because of an overkill. Sadly, veterans like Kirron Kher and Om Puri too don’t have much to do, although they do manage to elicit a few laughs, here and there. Pritam’s music score is average and has just one chartbuster to boast of: Zor ka jhatka…

Source: Times of India

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