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Movie Review: EMI


Rating/ Verdict : 1 Star out of 5

Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Urmila Matondkar, Arjun Rampal, Ashish Chaudhary, Ashish Chaudhary, Kulbushan Kharbanda

Director: Saurabh Kabra

You'd think a film about a subject as relevant as taking loans and struggling to pay them back would make for an interesting film. And particularly so at a time when the world's facing a financial meltdown.

Well, thing is, EMI directed by first-timer Saurabh Kabra is nothing more than an interesting premise, even if it does come with a token message at the end to take loans responsibly.

Centred around a bunch of characters who're unable to pay back their loans -- Arjun Rampal as the credit card-happy DJ, Ashish Chaudhary as the porn-obsessed husband, Kulbushan Kharbanda as the patient father of an irresponsible son, and Urmila Matondkar as the insurance-seeking widow -- EMI also stars Sanjay Dutt in a role that's clearly an extension of his Munnabhai part, a loveable, goofy recovery agent who intimidates defaulters into paying back their loans.

The film's pretty much a no-go from the very word go because it's got a script that makes little sense, and characters that are inconsistent and one-dimensional.

The acting -- by everyone involved -- is indifferent, and there's virtually no reason I can think of to recommend you watch this film. Arjun Rampal does a fairly decent riff on Travolta in a Saturday Night Fever-style club song, but that's hardly reason to suffer the rest of this film.

A very generous one out of five for director Saurabh Kabra's EMI. It's a film I'm sure even its makers will have trouble enjoying.

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