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Movie Review: All Is Well – Tedious, cliched and humorless!


All Is Well Review

Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Asin, Supriya Pathak Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor

Director: Umesh Shukla

Rating: * *

Runtime: 125 mins

All Is Well directed by Umesh Shukla of OMG fame fails to get off the blocks and therefore rarely- if at all, makes it to the comedy goal posts it sets for itself. A dramedy that supposedly tackles a thorny issue and has a social message to boot, the film has little to offer other than tried and tired tropes, repetitive unappealing attempts at humor and distinctive lack of timing in the performances that seem dull and quite un-enlivening.

The entire dysfunctional Bhalla family is on the run. Inder (Abhishek Bachchan), the son, who ran away to Bangkok in search of a singing career comes back to Kasol with some debt collectors chasing him.  Inder and his father (Rishi Kapoor) never really got along, and it was in a fit of rage that he was asked to leave the house. Once back he realizes that he has been lured under the false pretext of his father selling the bakery business and the fake offer of wanting to give him a share. He also finds that his mother(Supriya Pathak) who suffers from Alzheimer’s, is in an asylum following her divorce from his money minded father. And yes, the commitment phobic Inder also has an ex-girlfriend(Asin) who conveniently turns up again- to spice things up, I expect. There’s also some hidden gold to chase. Sonakshi Sinha makes her weighty presence felt with an item song that just shouldn’t have been.

The script is total nonsense. The writing lacks vigor and the attempts at humor are pretty much decadent.

The actors are all wasted to say the least. Rishi and Abhishek rail at each other in stereophonic surround sound and it’s not a pretty or entertaining sight. Asin and Supriya Pathak are wasted while a bit player like Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub as Cheema is the only one to lend some much needed positivity to this drab , distended affair.  Umesh Shukla who impressed everyone with OMG makes this one a total no show. It’s all very well to thrust a message that Positivity is what gets you to happiness but when it’s done in such drab, uninteresting and perilously aggravating fashion you’re not going there..are you?

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