Movie: READY

Director: Anees Bazmee

Cast: Salman Khan, Asin, Arya Babbar, Paresh Rawal, Puneet Issar and Mahesh Manjrekar

Jagran Rating :  (Average)

Story Line: Pandey ji is back, but this time as Prem and instead of showing his Dabangg nature he is swooning to ‘Dhinka Chika’ and making others groove too. After all it is THE SALMAN KHAN- crowd puller.

And the thing with Salman’s film is that they're in a genre of their own. A genre that cannot be graded for the story, screenplay, performances or any other metric used to evaluate other films. They can just be enjoyed. And that is what is being demanded by moviegoers today. They like to watch a masala film. So, are you READY once again to go on a fun ride with your heartthrob? Yes, Salman’s most anticipated film ‘READY’ has released. 

The movie READY is a typical ‘Dhinka Chika’ kind of Salman movie with full masala. Remake of a Telugu hit, READY is a traditional, Southern-flavoured family drama that we thought had gone out of vogue in the 1980s. But let's not forget that ingeniously crafted masala entertainers remain the first choice of an average Indian moviegoer to this day. And READY serves the same dish with a fresh tadka.

As a whole, READY has everything what a commercial film needs. The songs of the film, ‘Character Dheela’ and ‘Dhinka Chika’ have already topped the chart.

The story of the film revolves around Prem (Salman Khan) and Sanjana (Asin). (Seems Salman loves this name or is it that he considers this as his lucky factor…something like his blue bracelet). The film has a number of actors in supporting roles and the ones who stand out are Akhilendra Mishra, Mahesh Manjrekar, Anooradha Patel and Sharat Saxena. Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgan, Kangna, Zarine Khan, Chunky Pandey and Arbaaz Khan appear in cameos.

Salman Khan is the only heir to a fragrance company owned by Bhandari Brothers—Gautam, Rishi and Rajveer. Prem is the son of Rajveer played by Mahesh Manjrekar.

Prem is a bachelor who wants to enjoy life to the fullest before getting married. His father Rajveer is against this but Prem gets support from uncle Gautam and Rishi.

On the other hand, Sanjana is an orphan who lands in India to stay with her maternal uncles, Narendra and Tulsi. Sanjana’s mamas are greedy and want to grab her property. Both Narendra and Tulsi try to persuade her to get married to their brother-in-law but Sanjana sniffs their intentions.

Prem, who falls in love with Sanjana, decides to teach a lesson to her mamas. In this process, Prem and his family along with Sanjana fool her mamas played by Sharad Saxena and Akhilendra Mishra.

Thumbs up:  As a film, READY is one of the easiest watches of our times. It transports you to a world that's dreamlike. It packs one gimmick after another. Also, the dialogues are totally mass appealing; they are simply mazedaar -- humorous and impactful, both at the same time. Frankly, it's a film that guarantees ceetees, taalis and cheers aplenty. It's a film that lets you into its world without hesitation and gives you a thoroughly entertaining time during your two-hour visit.

READY has the sort of music one would expect from an entertainer. Tracks have a larger-than-life feel and gel well with the content. The action sequences, not many though, are done in an enticing mix of masti and mayhem. Especially the chase at the end and the sequence when Salman shows off his exceptional physique - the viewers are sure to go in frenzy.

Salman Khan continues his super act with gusto. He's the soul of the film and the reason why READY works. Asin is convincing in parts. At times you feel that she's got it right, but there are sequences where she looks ill at ease. Paresh Rawal is excellent and compliments Salman beautifully. One more actor who has done a fantastic job is funster Sudesh Lehri who makes a solid impact. He's exceptional and brings the house down with his style of comedy.

Thumbs Down: Yes, the screenplay isn't gripping in the first hour. There are sequences that don't work, while a few do manage to make you laugh not because they are funny, but because they are extremely ludicrous and farcical. In fact, this movie celebrates bizarre conduct and kitsch, which may give an impression that the writing is outmoded and obsolete at places.

Final word? READY is strictly for the masses and for those who relish typically formulaic masala entertainers. It is a full-on entertainer, a paisa vasool film that has just one motive -- entertainment -- and it succeeds in its endeavour absolutely. This is a Salman show all the way and even those who don't hero-worship him will be forced to admit that like WANTED and DABANGG, Salman's dynamic presence and powerhouse performance translates into great entertainment. He's comical, wicked, aggressive, besides larger than life and yet warm and real.

If you are ready to discard logic and rationale and have a good time, then Ready is the movie for you. READY is outlandish and bizarre, but it's tremendously entertaining.

Watch READY as a stress-busting therapy that makes you smile, laugh and roll with laughter in those two hours. And certainly after watching READY you would want to say ‘Kamaal karte ho Pandey Ji’!

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