Thursday, 18 October 2012

Janleva 555 (2012) Review by Shivom Oza – The Title Says It All!

0.5/5 Stars

The film is about a group of friends who set out towards a remote area to make a film. Mysterious things start happening.

There are good films, bad films and terrible films. Janleva 555 goes beyond terrible. Laughable acting, cringe-worthy dialogue and garish music notwithstanding, the camerawork should have at least been a saving grace. However, this film fails on every count.

The film is essentialy about snake-bites. It starts with a showreel featuring well-known names such as Prabhu Deva, Vyjayanthimala, Sonu Sood among others, who plead to the audience to watch this film since a part of the proceeds are going to victims of snake bites who need ventilators on an immediate basis.

We cut to two friends, Neelam (Kalpana Pandit) and Pooja (Shona Chabra), who are in love with two guys. These four alongwith a few other friends decide to make a film on the issue of snake-bites! The director of this team is a guy called Steve (Cliff Janke). So they set out towards a remote town. However, things go awry when Neelam turns into an ichchadhaari naagin. The rest of the story is as absurd as the aforementioned bit.

Agreed, the film is being made for a good cause. But then, they could have made a documentary instead. Why attempt to make this 'commercial' piece (which too, was a pathetic one) when you don't have the resources for it? The period elements, the unnecessary song-and-dance routines, the ridiculous stereotyping of the gay community, the film, fail at every level possible.

The title says it all!

Shivom Oza

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