By MovieTalkies.com, 19 November 2010
Makrand Deshpande is a name to reckon with in theatre. His plays always have a novel approach and subject and he carries that same freshness into his filmi debut as well. Shahrukh Bola "Khoobsurat Hai Tu" is definitely a very unique and off beat movie, as it explores the psyche of cine fans, in this instance a Shah Rukh Khan fan. However, while the film's tone is fresh, the execution is fraught with a lot of inconsistencies, which overpower the novel value.
The film begins with an obsessed lover stabbing the woman he loves to death only because she refused to reciprocate as Shah Rukh had once told her that she was beautiful. The film then goes back to where it all started, when Shah Rukh told Laali (Preetika Chawla) that she was beautiful.
Laali, a young woman who sells flowers on the street, is an ardent fan of SRK. One day, while she was going about her trade, she hears a voice asking for flowers. As she steps towards the car and hands over the flowers, she realises that the person sitting inside is none other than her idol Shah Rukh.
The superstar then tells her, "khoobsurat hai tu" and that is enough to make her go mad with ecstasy. She now starts believing that she is special and turns her back on her lover, John (Sanjay Dhadich), a bookseller. Laali now lives in a dream world where she expects that Shah Rukh will come and rescue her from her dreary world.
The film then explores the different denizens of the 'basti' situated near a traffic signal, which includes, Laali, Sanjay, and sundry others. There is a kind of love triangle, with Laali crazy about Shah Rukh, John crazy about Laali, and the neighbourhood hooker is crazy about John.
It is surprising that the film falters in the writing department as Makarand is a playwright of repute and one certainly expected the writing to be strong. The problem with this movie is that after one gets over its novelty, there is not much in the film that hooks one. After all the storyline is quite thin and beyond a point, the story starts dragging.
On the plus side, the films sports a very realistic look and so is the language used, all of which goes a long way in adding colour to the movie. However, the film's music is just about passable.
Among the actors, the one who really stands out is Chawla who plays the leading role and displays potential. Most of the faces in the film are fresh and hence their performances are also quite refreshing. Choyoti Ghosh is quite brilliant as the hooker. Then of course, there is Makarand himself who turns in an impressive performance, as always.
Overall, Shahrukh Bola "Khoobsurat Hai Tu" is quite an interesting movie, which could have come across better if handled better, including the screenplay.