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Movie Review 'O Teri': With characters called PP and AIDS, what should you expect?

Published Mar 28, 2014, 3:55 pm IST
Updated Apr 8, 2019, 8:25 am IST
'O Teri' official movie poster.
 'O Teri' official movie poster.
Cast: Pulkit Samrat, Bilal Amrohi, Sarah Jane Dias, Anupam Kher
Director: Umesh Bist
Rating: One and a half star
Oh no!
The story visualized by the makers of 'O Teri' is an honest attempt to bring out the anger amongst the youth, highlighting a crucial topic of corruption.
But that could be merely on paper, because on screen, it has fallen flat to bring an impact. The film is a social satire inspired on the 2010 Commonwealth Games scam.        
'O Teri' is about, Prantabh Pratab (Pulkit Samrat) and Anand Ishwaram Devdutt Subramanium (Bilal Amrohi), playing the roles of a TV journalists, always failing to bring sensational stories to the news room. Their editor, played by Sarah-Jane Dias, is a tough boss to please as she never approves their stories and eventually fires them. 
In an attempt to get a controversial story for the channel, the duo are thrown into unexpected situations and hurdles in the background of an upcoming big sports event in Delhi.
Director Umesh Bist has tried to package everything in the film with songs at irrelevant points, mixing dramatic scenes with humour. It could have appeared far more seamless, had he chosen to stick to one thing at a time. The background music doesnt appear to be a misfit and goes with the scene.
The film has a few laughable moments as well, especially when PP and AIDS( yes thats how they are mentioned) are dealing with a corpse. It is their answer to a big scoop and it makes a lot of referenes to the cult film, 'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron'. Even the scene where the bridge collapses, the logic to take the story ahead seems to be inspired by the same film. Another scene in which a dog, 'Maa Polly', is shown as someone who can predict the future is strangely hilarious.
The acting of Pulkit and Bilal at times is too loud but the rapport between the two is properly established. Anupam Kher’s roleas a  tainted MP had no meat. Mandira Bedi, has solid screen presence, though limited.
What stands out among the crowded cast is Vijay Raaz’s character as a politician. He holds the film very well with his funny dialogues, unusual mannerism and the anger driven equation with his entourage. 
'O Teri' has delivered what it promised in its promo, a hillarious ride with twists and turns and has not misguided. But as the film, at certain important junctures doesn't hold the attention, it is sinking and doesn't stabilize itself.
And yes, Salman's very neat apperance in a song at the end, takes your mind away from what you just saw.


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