Tees Maar Khan has been critically trashed. The box office collections have slowed down considerably in the first two weeks itself and Akshay Kumar has delivered one more flop. But did we (or the filmmakers and actors) learn any lessons from this? Probably not. Still, since we have nothing better to do with our lives, let’s take some time out and analyze the reasons behind Tees Maar Khan’s failure.
1. Sheila ki jawani – The quintessential masala:
Our filmmakers believe that as long as the essential masalas are in there, the dish will turn out to be savory. Right? Wrong. Sheila Ki Jawani is a hit, there is no doubt about that, but gyrating bodies and barely clad females have not been enough to pull in the public.
2. Relying on the star power: Throw in Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif. Add to that some funny sidekicks and some song and dance. Our producers/directors assume that this should be enough to pull in the crowds. They probably think that the average cine-goer has a below average IQ. Otherwise, why else would they plan such presentations, pay crores of rupees to actors who emote the same expressions every time and spend another crore in promotion? Would it not have been better, and easier, to work on the script, instead.
3. Akshay vs. Akshay: Akshay Kumar is a crowd puller, while Akshay Khanna is the better actor. Then why do they put the onus of the entire film on the shoulders of these “box office heroes”? I think the most obvious answer is that Akshay Kumar has a fan-following whereas Akshay Khanna doesn’t. But then they tend to overlook the fact that Akshay Khanna has proven to be a better actor and has thus contributed immensely to the success of various movies as the main lead. Personally, we feel that Akshay Khanna would have been a better choice as the lead player of this film. Undoubtedly, Mr. Khanna’s performance was one of the highlights of the film, (let’s not talk about Sheila Ki Jawani for now !). But here’s a simple test to check why Akshay Kumar and not Akshay Khanna was chosen for this role – a Google search with the word Akshay puts Akshay Khanna on Page 7, just behind Khiladi Kumar
4. Akshay Kumar – Is he losing his touch? He does seem to be losing it, especially in comedies where he has overdone the common man and the con man act. It is beginning to look stale and jaded and has lost its lustre. Personally, I think Akshay should take a year’s break – not only from movies but from TV too. Don’t get me wrong. I am also a big, big fan of Akshay … but my heart bleeds to see him flounder like that. I have loved him since his Khiladi days and more so in the Hera Pheri avatar, but now, it doesn’t seem to work, somehow … neither the comedies, nor the serious stuff. So, dear Akshay, please take a break and reinvent yourself instead of presenting us with the same old stuff, over and over again.
Today, we have sat back and enjoyed films such as Ishqiya, Phas Gaye Re Obama and Peepli Live. Even Guzaarish, which did not succeed at the box office, stood out as an unusual and good film. But films such as Tees Maar Khan which have presented tomfoolery and inane comedy in the guise of a masala movie do not appeal to me and leave me drained and exasperated. Hope that you are listening?
Anyhow, there’s no point analysing something which cannot be changed, we have already done it beyond what was essential. Please read about some of Bollywood’s upcoming hindi movies in 2011 and hope that we get some nice movies to watch.