Film: "Krazzy 4";
Cast: Irrfan Khan, Arshad Warsi, Rajpal Yadav, Juhi Chawla, Suresh Menon, Rajat Kapoor;
Director: Jaideep Sen;
"Krazzy 4" is a refreshing if not riveting change from the risqué-driven, innuendo-laden comedies that have recently infested our theatres.
Stand-up comedian Suresh Menon, playing one of four psychologically disturbed protagonists, utters barely one word in the film.
"Kidnap!" he stammers to tell his associates that the sweet doctor Juhi Chawla has been whisked away by baddies, who look like they could do with a spot of training in crime management.
"Krazzy 4" has a point to make under the barrage of burlesque. And it’s all done in good spirit. Cinematographer Ajit Bhat shoots the streets and crowded places of Mumbai to signify the sense of freedom that the four heroes feel even in the claustrophobic atmosphere outside the confines of their world within stonewalls.
So who’s the crazy one? The guy (Rajpal Yadav) who thinks we’re still living in the era of Gandhian freedom fighters? Or the guy (Rajat Kapoor) who gets his sweet wife kidnapped for political gains?
Good question. And adeptly handled by debutant director Jaideep Sen as long as the audience doesn’t ask too many questions about the logistics of four men and a jalopy joyride into intrigue, adventure and crime.
Sen, with ample help from writer Ashwani Dheer, knows precisely which frontiers to open to ensure the comedy doesn’t slip into farce. The initial scenes introducing the characters are well executed. And if the pace doesn’t slacken it’s because the actors wouldn’t let it.
Each of the four main actors invest a certain something beyond the precincts of parody to their characters. Irrfan Khan as the literate cleanliness freak, Arshad Warsi as the inmate with an anger-management problem, Yadav caught in Gandhian time warp and Menon as the tongue-tied repressed vagrant, invest a definite direction to the wacky goings-on.
If you persuade a cine buff to choose one from the foursome it would have to be Rajpal who’s by now the maestro of mirthful manoeuvrings. Watch him give his patriotic mouthfuls to several scumbags in the plot. Rajpal brings the house down.
Agreed some of the plotting and narrative transitions lack finesse. But when have mainstream Hindi films been known for extravagant bouts of finesse?
The narrative packs in some seriously satirical and sensitive moments. Check out Arshad’s scene with his prospective father-in-law – it’s a superbly scripted encounter.
Or that isolated incident of pathos when the hygiene maniac Irrfan repositions the bindi on his wife’s head.
Such moments, delicately drawn and deftly defined get drowned in the din of devilish merrymakers on a rampage.
"Krazzy 4" moves from one wacky adventure to another without sacrificing the sub-linear message on the definition of normal behaviour in a social structure that has lost all its sense of proportion and is hurling into mayhem and anarchy.
Laughter is the only medicine. "Krazzy 4" isn’t quite the tonic for our wounded souls. But you can’t help but giggle at the goings-on.
On the film’s controversial item songs – Shah Rukh moves. Hrithik glides. And yes, Irrfan Khan tries to wipe Rakhi Sawant’s tattoo clean in her item song.
That’s where the laughter of the lewd is dispersed in the innocence of the ‘mad’. "Krazzy 4" isn’t Milos Forman’s "One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest".
Priyadarshan did that in "Kyun Ki".