107 Min | Comedy – Drama | March 2014
IMDB Rating: 5.0
Director: Umesh Bist
Starring: Pulkit Samrat, Bilal Amrohi, Sarah-Jane Dias
O Teri Review: O TERI is a political comedy directed by Umesh Bist, starring Pulkit Samrat, Bilal Amrohi and Sarah Jane Dias. The film revolves around two news reporters who try to get their hands on a huge scam to become famous, but instead find themselves involved in one. O Teri, as a comedy film, just fails completely, and here’s why. Firstly, the film contains quite a good plot, showing it does have a great deal of potential, however, it’s just completely wasted by the end of it. Since its produced by Salman Khan. The several situations presented to the audience is so ridiculous that you don’t know whether its comedy or just torture. Case and point, in one scene, the two main characters; PP and AIDS (no joke) go to a center where a dog is apparently an astrologer who can read out both of their fates. The film is said to be heavily based on the 1983 film, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, however considering that film was a cult classic, I doubt whether O Teri has done any justice to it.
The acting is really bad, in all honesty. Pulkit Samrat, after acting extremely well in Fukrey. Bilal Amrohi, ditto, but its not better than Pulkit Samrat (in terms of bad acting). Sarah Jane Dias just kept screaming the whole time for no reason. All the politicians in O TERI make no sense whatsoever. This includes Anupam Kher and Vijay Raaz, who is the only person that made me laugh thoroughly whenever he was on screen and one of the most enjoyable things in this film. Just like in Delhi Belly, he keeps spewing out swears which can be extremely hilarious, and throughout the film, he breaks three phones in anger, and at one point, even mentions it in a dialogue. There are great songs like “Butt Patlo”, “Akhan Vich” and “Ummbakkum”. And O TERI would have been more enjoyable if they just spread the songs evenly, but instead, the director places all the great songs in the first half and with a five minute gap to allow us to focus on the plot.
In conclusion, O Teri is telling us from the title itself what we’re going to be saying by the end of the film (in disgust, of course). O Teri is just a basic reminder than whenever Bollywood tries to get better, there will be big duds like this to bring it down. The film would’ve been much better if the plot was portrayed in a much better way, if the acting was better and, most importantly, if it made more sense.
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