July 29, 2008

Money Hai Toh Honey Hai (Hindi)

Our Rating: 2
Yahoo India Movies Users: 3.5

Starring: Govinda, Aftab Shivdasani, Celina Jaitley, Manoj Bajpai, Upen Patel, Hansika Motwani.
Director: Ganesh Acharya

What could have been an immensely funny plot in the hands of somebody like David Dhawan becomes a semi-palatable khichdi with Ganesh Acharya.
Prem Chopra plays a psycho-industrialist who loses his mind when he remembers he has no heir to his fortune. To counter this, he somehow dreams up the numbers of six losers (Govinda, Aftab Shivdasani, Celina Jaitely, Manoj Bajpai, Upen Patel and Hansika Motwani) and names them the heirs to his empire. In doing so, he inevitably angers his long-time business manager Ravi Kishen (superb in the little role he has) who then starts plotting to kick the six off and usurp the throne for himself.
Where the movie fails is its treatment: Govinda’s made to ham as if his life depends on it (though, frankly, he still infuses enough of himself in his character to make him likeable. Plus, he dances like a dream); Upen Patel shows off more of himself than any decent movie-goer would like to see; Celina Jaitely is surprisingly restrained in her performance; Manoj Bajpayee is phenomenally awesome as the anti-Murphy, ever-optimistic “businessman”; Hansika Motwani is shamelessly exploited in cleavage-bearing, tight-fitting outfits that would put Celina Jaitely in a fix (which is saying something).
The music is a let-down, the cinematography is okay-ish and the costumes look like recycled hash from Govinda’s old films.
Speaking of Govinda’s old films, what’s with the crazy rap version of Main Toh Raste Se Ja Raha Tha? I mean, if you’re trying to pass Govinda off as a 20 year old, is that the only thing you could think of, Mr. Director?
Overall, I'd give the film a 2/5. Here's the break-up: 1/5 for Govinda, Manoj Bajpayee and Ravi Kishen and 1/5 for Esha Deol in that scorchingly hot avatar of hers in that one song. :D

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