Masand's movie review: Karma Aur Holi


Rajeev Masand,CNN-IBN
Mar 07, 2009 at 01:15am IST

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Cast: Sushmita Sen, Randeep Hooda

Direction: Manish Gupta

Karma Aur Holi is a film devoid of any artistic merit. It's a bad film in every sense of the word, and it's bad in so many ways, it's difficult to even explain.

Directed in English by Manish Gupta, Karma Aur Holi stars Sushmita Sen and Randeep Hooda as an NRI couple who invite a bunch of their friends to celebrate Holi at their sprawling home in suburban New York. The premise itself is unoriginal and boring – take a bunch of varied characters, throw them into a room, and pretty soon the masks come off and their secrets come tumbling out.

There's a chance this film might have been half-interesting if the characters weren't such stereotypes. An over-protective mother, a push-over wife, a horny teenager – you name it, you'll find them in the film.

To make matters worse, the acting is so poor, you're convinced the cast was made to work at half-price. Featuring a mixed bag ensemble including Rati Agnihotri, Suresh Oberoi, Suchitra Krishnamoorthy, Naomi Campbell, Deepal Shaw and a smattering of white and black unknowns, Karma Aur Holi earns the dubious distinction of 'Worst Performance Ever By An Ensemble Cast'.

Their accents are all over the place, the dialogue is unintentionally hilarious, and not one single actor in this lot seems convinced by his role.

With its amateurish attempts to address racism and cultural stereotyping, the film comes off looking pretentious and misguided too.

There are some films that are so bad, they're actually great fun. Karma Aur Holi is exactly that kind of film. Take a big group of friends and head to the multiplex, a good laugh is guaranteed.

One out of five for director Manish Gupta's Karma Aur Holi. It's an unholy mess and I'm amazed Sushmita and the other actors didn't have the good sense to chuck this script into the bin.

Rating: 1 / 5 (Poor)

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