There was a time when our Hindi films were highly obsessed with the family drama type of social films. Actors like Ashok Kumar, Rajendra Kumar, Sunil Dutt, Jeetendra, Mithun Chakroborty, Anil Kapoor, Govinda and few more made their maximum contribution to this genre. With changing times this genre shifted its base from the films to the television screen with larger than life type of grand setups and over the top traditional values attached to it. Though there were few filmmakers who kept making these types of family drama films, but none of them could match up to the success and quality of the films from the 60's to the 90's era. There were some exceptional films like 'Piku', 'Waqt', 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham', 'Bhagbaan', 'Do Dooni Chaar' and few more where one could find the basic essence of the family drama types of films. The latest to join these type of films is, 'All Is Well' which is directed by Umesh Shukla, a well known name in the world of Gujarati theater and has made a highly successful Hindi film 'Oh My God'. 'Oh My God', was not only commercially successful, but was also loved by both classes and the masses and had made its mark onto the list of good entertaining cinemas. Thus, let's find out whether Umesh's latest venture 'All Is Well', will give us another entertaining family drama or fail to match up to the high expectations associated with the film.Story:
'All Is Well' is a story of an aspiring singer Inder Bhalla (Abhishek Bachchan) trying to make his living in Bangkok. He there meets Nimmi (Asin), who falls in love with him, but Inder is not ready for commitments or marriage as he does not believe in either of them. One day Inder receives a call stating that his father Bhajanlal Bhalla (Rishi Kapoor) is in trouble and thus Inder sets out for his home town. There he comes to know that his father has taken a loan from a local goon Cheema (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub) and that his mother (Supriya Pathak), is suffering from Alzheimer's. Cheema wants Inder to surrender his part of the property and repay his debt. At that time Inder came to know that his maternal uncle has made some jewellery out of his mother's savings. Inder and his family thus, sets out to seek the jewellery and what happens next, is what the entire film is all about.Screenplay & Technicalities:
The one liner story idea is decent and has good elements of comedy and drama attached to it. The movie starts with good comical scenes and ends with some emotional ones. It's only that the middle portions are bit dry and at times bland, followed by a weak and forced romantic track which fails to connect with its viewers. There are some good entertaining scenes like Rishi Kapoor asking Abhishek Bachchan to leave his house, followed by Abhishek-Rishi arguments in the auto rickshaw, Abhishek-Rishi escaping from Zeeshan's clutches, Rishi-Abhishek argument at Asin's house, Zeeshan and his goons track and few more. Towards the finale, there are couple of emotional scenes like Abhishek convincing Supriya Pathak for marriage followed by the marriage and Abhishek-Rishi confrontation towards the end making them as one of the best scenes from the film. These scenes will be loved by the family audiences. The road trip which starts with fun gets diluted due to the forced halts in the trip with the dhabba dance, Asin's marriage, police chase, etc. There is very minimal happenings in the middle part of the film which seems dragging and a bit boring. The humour at times seemed forced and pale, especially in the scene where Abhishek's uncle dies followed by meeting with Asin's family. The dialogues are simple and heart touching at times. The cinematography is not up to the mark.Music & Direction:
The best part of a T-Series produced film is that it has some great songs attached to it. All the songs in this film are foot tapping and enjoyable. 'Chaar Shanivaar', 'Nachan Farrate' and 'Yolo' will highly appeal to the youth. 'Baaton Ko Teri' and 'Mere Humsafar' are soothing and melodious.
Director Umesh Shukla comes up with a decent film with noble intentions attached to it, but fails to do full justice to it as the movie gets let down by a half baked screenplay. The movie works in parts and thus fails to surpass the high expectations attached to it. Though, the comical and emotional part displays the expertise of the director who without being preachy conveys his message with an ease.Performances:
Abhishek Bachchan is a highly talented actor who if given a good script has done wonders with it. Out here he does his part with full grace and integrity. He shines out in the emotional scenes and entertains you with his peppy dancing moves. It's only the half bake script does not do justice to the caliber of this fine actor. Rishi Kapoor is superb and acts as a parallel lead in the movie. His scenes with Abhishek are one of the highlights of the film. Supriya Pathak is fine in her small role. Asin looks cute in some part, but in rest fails to do justice to her role. Her track hampers the film in a big way. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub is highly entertaining and would have loved to see more of him in this film. Tiku Talsania and Seema Pahwa were wasted.So bol meri 'Filmi Khopdi' iss film mein kitna hain Dum???
Dum??? Well the movie might not be as entertaining or enjoyable like director Umesh Shukla's last film 'Oh My God' nor does it have potential to match up to the brilliance of recently released films like 'Piku'. But, despite of having a half baked story line and dragging screenplay the movie has its own merits to cherish. The good music, fine performances, few comical and emotional moments makes this movie a neat and clean family drama for its targeted audience.Rating - 3/5