Suniel Shetty's Fine Return in Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baki Hai (2012) – WBRi Hindi Movie Review

Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baki HaiKolkata, July 21, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) It seems Bollywood’s forgotten face Suniel Shetty is finally fighting back to re-establish his status as a hero, by producing a film for himself. And the title of the film conveys the same message- the show is not over yet! Or better to say, Suniel’s time is not over yet. So he is back as the director of his own destiny with ‘Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baki Hai’.

‘Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baki Hai’ is Amar Joshi (Suniel Shetty)’s journey from Benaras to Bollywood to become a filmmaker from a small-time video library owner.  Suraj (Rajpal Yadav) is a struggling small screen actor, striving to reach for the silver screen and make it real big! He is Amar's sole connection in the movie circles.

After several fruitless attempts to convince a producer to back his film, finally Amar comes across Monty Chadda (Rakesh Bedi) who decides to produce his movie. Amar & Monty get star Mohini (Udita Goswami) & her even more starry mother Mummy ji (Neena Gupta) to sign their project. Having been started, Amar's dream project gets mired all of a sudden as Monty suddenly disappears.

Trailer: Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baki Hai (Hindi, 2012)

Then, Don Sudama Bhosle (Deepak Shirke), financing the film, asks Amar to cast his girlfriend 'Tina' (Mummait Khan) in order to complete the movie with his money. Beggars can hardly be choosers! Amar agrees to replace his heroine. But suddenly, Sudama Bhosle is shot dead and his film is stuck again. Monty Chaddha comes to the scene once again and assures to sponsor the film.

In order to make it a masterpiece, Chadda brings a veteran writer Mr. Baig (Om Puri) to the board. Once he enters the fray, screen writer Mr. Baig takes over the charges from Amar and transforms it into a totally different story altogether. What follows after Mr. Baig pops up and takes the driving seat of Amar’s dream car? Will Amar finally make it to his dream film?  ’ Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baki Hai’ will take you on a wild journey inside Bollywood where you will get the answers while witnessing the reality of the sizzling film industry.

Suneil Shetty makes a welcome return to the big screen with ‘Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baki Hai’. Yes, the popular action hero cum ‘Hera Pheri’ comedian Suneil Shetty is back. That will be your first reaction after the theatre screen is dimmed. His fans definitely have a reason to rejoice but the critics would have loved it if the actor could have overcome his monotony.

Rajpal Yadav is his conventional self without annoyance. He reinforces his position as one of the best comedy actors today. Udita looks gorgeous in the role of an actress. Her delivery of the airs and vulnerability of a Bollywood star is quite okay. It is nice to see Neena Gupta’s ‘Heroine’s glam mom’ act in the film.  Being one of the finest and most experienced actors we have, she plays it perfect.

Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baki Hai has unconventional music with seven songs by various composers.  The title track by Shabab Sabri is a desi number while Salaam-e-ishq is a westernized song by a very commanding Sunidhi Chauhan. But the item number fails to match up to the glam-quotient of other such songs featuring in the tinsel town lately. Sanam sanam, by Shaan & Shraddha Pundit and Zindagi Mere Paas, by Sukhwinder Singh have noticeable PanchamDa influence. Sunidhi has brought the required power, sensuality and seduction in It’s rain rain, with co-singer Sukhwinder Singh.  Lyrics are penned down by Sameer, Swati Sharma, Taabish Romani and others to fit the tunes by Sukhwinder Singh, Parvez Qasar & Subash Pradhan.

Ashif Sheikh does not let down Suneil Shetty’s comeback aspirations. The director has taken the responsibility very sincerely. Despite some loopholes, his film manages to delight you, making you appreciate his efforts as the director. ‘Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baki Hai’ may not be the best film ever made, but it certainly proves that Shetty’s innings as an actor is far from over.

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