There have been many films in Bollywood that have shared their title with hit songs. Examples to the same are in the form of JAANE TU… YA JAANE NA, BACHNA AE HASEENO, KABHI ALVIDA NAA KEHNA, YEH JAWAANI HAI DEEWANI... to name a few. This week’s release TUTAK TUTAK TUTIYA also shares its title with the smash hit track of the 90s. Will TUTAK TUTAK TUTIYA prove to be music at the Box-Office or will it lose its strings mid way, let’s analyse.
Pooja Entertainment Films Ltd and Shakti Sagar Productions’ TUTAK TUTAK TUTIYA is a comical take on marriage, relationships, career and life. The film starts off with Krishna Kumar (Prabhu Dheva) and his never ending quest to get a modern girl as his wife, so that ‘his children can have a bright future’. One fine day, he gets a call stating that his grandmother is counting her last breath in the village. When an extremely worried Krishna reaches the village, he gets to know that his dying grandmother’s last wish is to see him get married to a girl of her choice. After a handful of rejections, Krishna’s grandmother finally ‘selects’ the village simpleton Devi (Tamannaah). Even though Krishna’s dreams of getting married to a posh modern girl are shattered, he compromises on his dreams and gets married to Devi. On reaching Mumbai, Krishna tells Devi to follow his instructions and not to get too close to him at any time, which Devi agrees to and obeys like a dutiful wife. When the newly married couple finally get a house to stay in, little do they know what twists and turns await them in the ‘new’ house. Just as life goes on smoothly, one day, the dutiful Devi gets transformed into a stunningly glamorous Ruby and impresses everyone with her dancing skills, especially Bollywood superstar Raj Khanna (Sonu Sood). Totally smitten by Ruby, Raj falls head over heels in love with Ruby. Situations become worse when Raj tells Ruby’s now manager Krishna to be the messenger of his feelings for Ruby. What is the mystery surrounding the entire situation, how are Devi and Ruby ‘connected’ to each other, does Raj become successful in confessing his feelings to Ruby and what happens to Krishna and Devi in the end, is what forms the rest of the film.
The promos of TUTAK TUTAK TUTIYA were good enough for the audiences to get a feel of what to expect from the film. The film, in totality does not disappoint the eager viewer, thanks to the film’s novel screenplay (Vijay and Paul Aaron) of horror comedy. Even though the film’s dialogues do not tickle your funny bone at the drop of a hat, it is decent enough to sustain the humor level of the audience.
After having set his directorial flag flying sky high down south, Vijay makes his Bollywood debut as a director with TUTAK TUTAK TUTIYA. One has to really appreciate the finesse and patience with which he has treated the entire film. With a film that boasts of a ‘different’ genre, there were many places whereby the film could have gone astray. But, thanks to Vijay’s able direction, the film never loses its track. While the film’s first half sets up the atmosphere for the story, it’s the engaging second half that really ups the excitement and comedy in the film. Even though the second half does look a bit stretched at handful of places, it does not hamper the film’s narrative, which works majorly in the favour of the film.
As for the performances, the film rides entirely on the shoulders of Tamannaah and Prabhu Dheva (in that order). Even though Tamannaah was last seen in the smash hit BAHUBALI (which was dubbed in Hindi as well), it is really nice and refreshing to see her in an out and out role that seems totally tailor-made for her. The sincerity with which she approaches her role in the film is clearly visible throughout the film. Kudos to her for successfully pulling off her role which has two extremes (you have to see the film to know what it means). On the other hand, Prabhu Dheva does justice to his role of a simpleton with sky high dreams about his life partner. Sonu Sood, who, initially seems to be suffering from a huge ‘Shah Rukh Khan’ hangover, gradually, does his role with ease. Besides the glam aspect, the cameos by Amy Jackson and Esha Gupta are inconsequential. Rest of the film’s characters help the film move forward.
Despite the presence of multiple music directors (Sajid Wajid, Dr. Bal Sidhu, Millind Gaba, Raaj Aashoo, Gurinder Seagal, Vishal Mishra), the film manages to churn only one hummable track (in the form of ‘Rail Gaddi’). The background music (Gopi Sundar) is lucid and is in tune with the film’s narrative.
The film’s editing (Anthony) is average and could have done much better in the film’s second half. The film’s cinematography (Manush Nandan) is decent.
On the whole, TUTAK TUTAK TUTIYA scores purely on its novel concept. It will need to depend upon a strong word of mouth however, to register decent numbers at the box office.