Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baki Hai
About how most of bollywood films are conceptualized and completed.
Genre: Drama Recommended: General Audience Released: 20 July 2012
Starring: Suniel Shetty, Rajpal Yadav, Udita Goswami, Om Puri
Directed by: Rajnish Thakur
Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baki Hai is a satire on the film industry, showcasing the struggle of a maker before he brings his film on to the marquee. It could be the struggle of thousands of strugglers in the Bollywood film Industry in Mumbai. Many of them who seek to make their passion, their profession and face the innumerable hurdles that follow, albeit in a humorous manner.
It is the journey of Amar Joshi (Sunil Shetty) who runs a video library in Benaras and aspires to be a filmmaker. Despite facing objection from his father, Amar decides to sell his video library and flies away to London to join a film institute.
After completing his course he lands in the city of dreams ‘Mumbai’ to make his film. Having no one in the film industry, nor any Godfather, Amar’s only connection in Bollywood is Suraj (Rajpal Yadav) who is a struggling actor doing bit roles in T.V. serials. Amar Joshi starts his struggle to make his film by meeting different type of producers who have their own take on Amar’s story. After many failed attempts he finally bumps into Monty Chadda (Rakesh Bedi) a publicist who sees good potential in Amar and decides to produce his film.
Amar & Monty take help of star secretary Guptaji (Akhil Mishra) to convince Mohini (Udita Goswami) & her starry mother
Mummyji (Neena Gupta) who agrees to do the film.
Amar’s film starts, but is stalled all of a sudden when Monty suddenly disappears. Incidently Amar is summoned by Sudama Bhosle (Deepak Shirke) who is a don and was financing his film. He wants Amar to complete his film and also wants him to cast his girlfriend ‘Tina’ (Mumait Khan).
Amar reluctantly agrees as he has no option. A turn of events later, Amar sees the remaining portions of his story being rewritten by , Mr Baig whom he cannot get rid of. Will the audiences accept the changes made to a true story to make is commercial? This forms the crux of the story…
It is a take on the inside and insights of the dreamy world of Bollywood, where you will see the reality of the largest film industry of the world.
At some places, it makes you laugh, while rest of the part fails to impress. There are quite a few item songs which are well choreographed, especially the one on Mumait Khan.
Suniel Shetty, unsuccessfully, tries his best to carry the film on his shoulders. Rajpal Yadav is his usual humourous self. Om Puri as Mr Baig does manage to bring in some authenticity of the happenings around in the Bollywood.
Making of a film as a topic has been just recently around in Om Shanti Om, Luck by Chance and just recently The Dirty Picture. The funny scenes do not click well, and it appears mish mash of the stars and its story. Maybe thats what is happening and a lot of uncertainities in bollywood during the production of the film.
Suniel Shetty, Udita Goswami, Shayan Munshi, Rakesh Bedi, Razzak Khan, Neena Gupta, Om Puri, Shawar Ali, Razzak Khan, Deepak Shirke, Rakesh Bedi, Akhil Mishra, Avtar Gill, Rajiv Varma, Deepak Qazir, Mumait Khan, Mukesh Ahuja, Gopi Desai
Credits & Crew:
Banner: Filmybox Media & Entertainment
Producer: Narendra Singh
Co-Producers: Uniways Telefilms & Ragini Sona
Story, Screenplay, Direction: Rajnish Raj Thakur
Associate Producer: Arshad Siddiqui
Executive Producer: Arif Shaikh
Assistant Directors: Amitabh Dayal, Ashuu Trikha
Music Composers: Rajendra Shiv and Aprvez
Art Director: Sanjay Dabade
Action Director: Ravi Dewan
Sound Designer: Rajendra Hegde
Background Score: Monty Sharma
Choreographer: Shabeena Khan
Film Editor: Aarif Shaikh
Dialogues: Rajnish Raj Thakur, Amar Mukherjee
Associate Director: Gurdeep Singh
Executive Producer: Asif Shaikh
Lyrics: Sameer, Taabish Romani, Swasti Shree Sharma, Ravi Chopra
Music Director: Sukhwinder Singh, Subhash Pradhan (Subyy), Parvex Qadar, Rajender Shivv
Director of Photogoraphy: Surindra Rao