Nana Patekar, Karisma kapoor, sanjay Kapoor
Director: Krishna Vamsi
SOME OF the most memorable moments of life are also
the most fleeting. Strangely, some of the moments seem
to gain in delight in retrospect. Krishna Vamsi's Shakti
starts off on a similar note, giving us all some hope
that here will be a film where the heroine will not
be a mere appendage, that she will not be the central
character of the film without actually being a passive
witness to the goings on.
Well, the hopes are largely belied. So much so, that
if Karishma were to look back at films like Fiza and
Zubeidaa, she would feel she had a better deal there
than this one touted to be the most challenging role
of her career. Well, the challenge is for the audiences
to come to realize whether they are actually watching
a film cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification
or just a street-side nautanki, replete with corny humour.
You would not want your child to watch it. You can do
without watching it. The bestiality of this film hits
you in your face. If it is art, then it is not just
ugly but probably repulsive too.
This is tale of an American-born mother seeking to protect
her child at any cost from a vengeful grandfather back
home in some village in India is gory, loud, abrasive.
It comes with lots of vituperatives, plenty of vitriol.
Often reduced to a seesaw battle between an uncouth,
uneducated father - Nana Patekar in an absolutely stunning
performance-and his son -sanjay Kapoor in the customary
wooden performance - this film only occasionally gets
gripping. The grip loosens soon too.
Unfortunately, the ribaldry and innuendos are clicking
if it is sad to see a good film failing, it is worse
to see a bad film clicking besides a passable Karishma,
the film has the a beautiful Aishwarya Rai in a special
appearance for a raunchy number which is on its way
up on the countdown shows. However, try hard as she
might, Rai does not have the raw, untamed sexuality
to fit the part. She is clearly ill at ease with the
hip-wiggling, pelvic gyrations she is called upon to
do. Wonder, why she did it all? Was it to please bony
Kapoor for whom she has done Hamaara Dil Aapke paas
Hai? Clearly, the heart has prevailed upon the head