120 Min | Action – Comedy – Crime | April 2008
IMDB Rating: 3.8
Director: Vijay Krishna Acharya
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Anil Kapoor
Tashan Review: Sadly enough audiences of Hindi movies are so foiled and shaped by now, to this sad sad story, that when a movie actually is what it says it is and hits them in the face with it, they take offence. TASHAN is exactly what it says it is, the style, the look, the formula. It is a movie that has every cliched formula ever invented solely in Bollywood. The traitor and villainous Antagonist, murdering the true kingpin and taking care of the King pin’s orphan with bad intentions of course, armed with cliched dialogue, Horrible accent, and inferiority complex too. The Beautiful babe who is a slippery vixen with revenge on mind and seduction as a second nature.
The “Accha” guy, who is straight as an arrow, “izzat bachanay wala”, hard on the outside, soft and mushy on the inside and yes an exceptionally good fighter bulletproof unless in love. Then the outsider who is unknowing of the ways of the crime-world, lured into the middle of the whole thing only to understand that the whole game stands on his shoulders. The Bachpan ki mohabbat, the heroine ki “chaalbaazi”, the villain ki “neeyat kharabi”, the goons, the guns, the knives. The whole frigging formula. Someone said before me that Tashan is ahead of its time, it surely is, people still believe in all of real films that invented these formulas to not find them funny when they are mocked so loudly.
In Tashan, performances are super bollywood class. Anil Kapoor is perfect. Akshay Outdoes himself. Saif is truly jazzy and Kareena is the perfect femme fatale, she is perfectly wearing the skin of her character as is everyone else. She looks lovely. The locations, the cinematography everything is great except some flaws in the special effects section. Music is delicious as well as very original. The best thing in the end I would say for sure is the TASHAN of it all that ties it together nicely. For a neutral watcher Tashan is all that it says it is, please read the tag-line, grab some popcorn and enjoy this true bollywood joyride of a stylish spoof. Its Amar Akbar Anthony meets Racey Dhoom, and all that came in between.