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This Aloo Chaat is tasteless
Elvis D'Silva | March 20, 2009 16:20 IST
Nikhil (Aftab Shivdasani [Images]) is an America-returned young man from a Delhi [Images] family, who doesn't know how to tell his parents and elders that he is in love with a Muslim girl. So he goes to the family friend (Manoj Pahwa), a reputed sexologist no less, for help.
Of course, the man who claims to be able to solve anyone's 'problems' in 15 days has a solution to the lad's dilemma. He devises a plot that involves installing a different woman in the household as the girl Nikhil intends to marry while simultaneously showing the family what a great girl his actual girlfriend is. Confused? That would be the least of your problems if you bought a ticket to watch Aloo Chaat [Images].
Watching patriarch Purshottam (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) harrumph his way through another role where he plays a man out of sync with the times is not fun. Nor is it fun to watch the machinations of the sexologist and the groom-to-be, especially when they are carried out in as lackadaisical a manner as they are in this film. As the interfering uncle who is also perceived as the family idiot, Sanjay Mishra relies on his well-worn shtick and proves to be annoying more often than he proves to be funny.
Aloo Chaat runs for around two hours but no time is ever spent in showing us why Nikhil and Aamna (debutante Aamna Sharif) love each other so much that they would go to all this trouble. We are supposed to believe that theirs is a love that will stoop to conquer, actually fall in love with them and root for them simply from watching a couple of montage sequences. We never find out how they met, when they fell in love or why Aamna is always dressed in an exquisite salwar kameez that accentuates her figure way better than a bikini does for the white girl (Linda Arsenio).
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