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Movie Review: Taxi 9211: Humpty, Dumpty, Grumpy

February 27, 2006
Desi Train

Clappity Clappity Slap. Nobody points fingers at Humpty. Make this mistake and your cheek goes in for a bake. Armed with a slap faster than lightening and a tongue sharper than Chappan Chooree, Mr. Humpty while driving his taxi sulks at every moving thing on Mother Earth. Life will be better in my Next birth.

Dumpty-jee on the other hand has his life slipping at bullet speed from crore-pati to sadak-pati. Courtesy dead Baap, who transfers all wealth to best friend Grumpy-jee. Reason. Son never gave Baap a puppee. Dead Baap. Dumpty cries what is my paap?

Dumpty-jee in his last chance to win back "jaeeedaad" hops into Humpty-jee's cab. Humpty can't stand Dumpty. Dumpty-jee can't stand Mr. Humpty. Slash Clash, both dash. Dumpty-jee forgets key to Riches in Humpty's taxi. Humpty lands in jail courtesy Dumpty. Both now at logger heads in Mumbai aamchi (ours). Things getting jumpy jumpy. Dumpty and girlfriend Ms. Plumpy make umpteen attempts to get the key from Humpty. But Mr. Chappan Chooree in no mood to give it back. Me so grumpy. Humpty and Dumpty -key- nahee jumtee (bad vibes).

Five Accidents, Four car chases, three visits to Police-thana, four crying scenes of Humpty-jee's wife, three fight scenes and after sixteen attempts at comedy, Humpty-Dumpty, apun dono buddy buddy. Humpty Dumpty drink scotch, get jaeeedaad, get Humpty-jee's wife back and kick out Dumpty jee's Ms. Fake Plumpy and friends who go clunky clunky.

Even though it feels like Taxi 9211 enters the forgettable street called Changing Lanes, this is Milan Luthria's best product so far. Moving at warp speed with no brakes on, Luthria seems to have atlast grasped the mode of story telling. But the taxi ride is grumpy, jumpy and bumpy. You in your seat go slumpy. Luthria ends up making a no great shakes - timepass product with Humpty and Dumpty.

Sameera Reddy is in a thankless role and gives a thankless performance. Sonali Kulkarni is earnest, while John Abraham is passable. The key to this Taxi's success lies in the pockets of the king performer, Nana Patekar. Still playing it safe in the comfortable zone of "The Eccentric Guy", we are dying to see Patekar extend himself much beyond such characters - which this powerhouse of talent is so capable of. Inspite of having played such characters many times in the past, Patekar drills into the role of Raghu Shastri and his genius is so visible in more than a dozen scenes.

Here's another actor after Kamal Hassan who can make you cry without having to say anything. Juggling comedy, tragedy and any other emotion jee with an ease that is truly a trait of a born actor, Patekar gives us another effortless performance. It is a gift which Patekar has, that turns into a disease each time he ends up playing the same character again and again. One wonders if his recurring elongated breaks from movies are because Bollywood doesn't have anything challenging to offer to him. If true, it is such a tragic waste of this genius of an actor.

B Minus. This is a timepass ride. Nothing more, nothing less.


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#1
vercingetorix_is_dead
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February 27, 2006
11:49 PM

I might add that the movie had me excited in the beginning. It was a good start, and he kept the tempo going till the intermission. It was after that point that the movie broke down.
And for the first time in his 16 movie career, I liked John Abraham. It is impossible to comment on Nana Patekar since he is always the same. Sameera Reddy should start appearing at charity dinners, because after sometime, nobody would remember who she is.
The music wasn't bad. Bappi Lahiri sang a song too I guess. On the whole it was smooth and easy.
I am also starting to like Rajat Arora. He wrote Blufmaster, followed by Family and now this. All of them were very similar in style but there's a chance he hasn't been able to diversify yet. Well, he couldn't hope for a better start.
On the whole, I think it's worth going to the hall to watch this movie. It's not the masterpiece, but it has elements of genius, so uncommon amongst Hindi movies.

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Aaman
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February 28, 2006
12:02 AM

Unusual title, is it some sort of post-9/11 film, in an urban comedy genre?:)

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vercingetorix_is_dead
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February 28, 2006
01:02 AM

Not actually. When the movie started, I thought it was going to be like Collateral. But the only similarity was that both have a taxi driver and a passenger.

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Desi Train
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February 28, 2006
10:20 AM

- Vercingetorix_is_dead, Rajat Arora is another slap dash blender tool at making rehash films. Case in point: BluffMaster is based on The Game/Nine Queens, Family: Story? What story?, Taxi 9211: Changing lanes... in short works of Rajat Arora: Disappointing

- Aaman: 9211 is pronounced in Hindi as Nau-Do-Gyarah - a slang for "vanish", "disappear", "take off", "run away" etc.

#5
Sudhanshu Raheja
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February 28, 2006
12:47 PM

Desi Train, thanks for clearing out the confusion. I wasn't quite sure why Aaman thought that this was related to 9/11.

Anyways, I think the art of storytelling also includes adapting old stories to suit your context. By the way, I never praised Family, just mentioned that he had done that one too. And for Bluffmaster it would be too mean to take away the credit for that one.

Besides writing him off after just three movies wouldn't quite be right. Though I'm glad you put this down in the comments not in your terrific review.

#6
suhail
April 21, 2006
08:46 PM

got 2 say this is a wicked movie. A full entertainer, every single minute of the film is interesting n is like a roller coster ride, it is so exciting to see how 2 guys who dont even know each other change each others life in 1 day n they realise their true close ones, av just brought its dvd 2 days ago but watchd it abt 4 times now, the makers of this film plz keep up wiv ur good work n release many movies like these in the future

#7
suhail
April 21, 2006
08:47 PM

got 2 say this is a wicked movie. A full entertainer, every single minute of the film is interesting n is like a roller coster ride, it is so exciting to see how 2 guys who dont even know each other change each others life in 1 day n they realise their true close ones, av just brought its dvd 2 days ago but watchd it abt 4 times now, the makers of this film plz keep up wiv ur good work n release many movies like these in the future

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