108 Min | Comedy – Drama – Romance | March 2014
IMDB Rating: 6.0
Director: Eeshwar Nivas
Starring: Ali Zafar, Yami Gautam, Anupam Kher
Total Siyapaa Review: Picture this. The daughter of a family has a secret boyfriend whom she’s about to introduce to the family. No big deal, right? But what if she is an Indian and he’s a Pakistani? It is where Total Siyapaa starts. Picking on this pert premise screenwriter Neeraj Pandey does a special 69 on cross-border politics. Borderline tensions are defused to the point until we see just the ludicrous futility of cultural bickering. A lot of the humour simply sags in soggy lumps. There is a distinctly ‘European’ flavour and fervour to the unravelling of the comic mode in the dysfunctional family’s life.
Ali Zafar as the bewildered Pakistani boyfriend and Kirron Kher as his scattered mother-in-law- to-be project a prowling predatoriness to their scenes together. They are a delight to watch when thrown together. I really wish there was more of Kirron Kher and Ali Zafar in the plot of Total Siyapaa. The meat of the matter lies in the mater’s time on screen with her to be ‘damaad’ (son-in-law). Yami Gautam as the giggly prim girlfriend is a sketchily written mediocre character with no dips and curves. I New-find Sara Khan as Yami’s sister comes across as a far more seductive character. And for my money, Sara’s tabletop dance with the distinctly diffident Ali is the film’s highlight. Sadly by the time Sara’s sexy jig comes along, the plot meanders in search of a combustive climax.
Total Siyapaa comes to an inglorious halt with one of the character’s stumbling home in a dazed condition, much in the same condition as the plot. But there is a lot that goes in its favour. The elegantly done-up cosy and eccentric atmosphere of a London home, for one. David Meadows’ cinematography looks at London as home rather than a tourist destination. Sanjoy Chowdhury’s background score reminds us that no matter how hard the characters scream, the music needn’t get aggressive in support. The cast, as mentioned, largely does well for itself with Ali Zafar, Kirron Kher and Sara Khan leading the pack. Is it enough for two individuals from clashing cultures and countries to be in love? Love can be quite a bitch. “Total Siyapaa” is total madness. An audacious comedy that dares to poke fun at a border issue, the film is stylised and is attentively staged.
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