CAST & CREW
In the past, there used to be stories which were also a comedy. Today there are stories and then there are comedies which fail to qualify as stories. MONEY HAI TOH HONEY HAI is one such movie deemed to be momentously funny, ending up being anything but funny.
Consisting of six characters, their struggles, their life displayed as losers, and that one chance where they can flip their life from struggling to successful. Being a multi-character movie, the film persists about their description and introduction, the actual plot begins after a while. The point of introducing the six characters was to incite them into a competition in which, whoever wins, becomes the owner of 1000crore company with conditions applied. The story further reveals the person who has set the competition and his reasons for doing so. The characters consist of Bobby, who is filled with alacrity, a failed businessman Lalabhai, a jobless but honest copywriter Gaurav, a struggling model Manik who is with a middle-aged fashion designer, Ashmina a T.V serial actress, Shruti, a struggling dress designer. Their stories intertwine together, and there’s the film.
The story sounds poignant, but that’s the thing about this movie. It doesn’t come out the way it was supposed to. The script itself has many loopholes which transpire on the screen. Besides the loopholes, the film was made with an intention to make people laugh, and the intentions visibly fail. The audiences have agreed to the No Story, Only Comedy pact, but the No Story, No Comedy definitely and thankfully didn’t go down well with them. Direction by Ganesh Acharya impresses in the rare scenes which end up being abortive to the movie.
Govinda doesn’t need to establish himself as an actor anymore but with this, the character just didn’t fit, neither physically nor emotionally and the fact that makes it worse is thatwas apparent. Manoj Bajpayee as the businessman did justice to the character, but the character fails to justify the renowned performer. Hansika Motwani and Celina Jaitly have very little to do. Upen Patel is convincing. Prem Chopra is almost invisible.
Those vouching for some comedy may find it, but it has to be thoroughly searched for throughout the movie.
What’s not there?
Everything required for making a film comedy seems to be missing in some proportion. The cast was good but remains unutilised for the main purpose and so ends up being futile. The writing was the root of all the flaws. Direction instead of rising above the script just managed to cover the loopholes therein and hence the movie seems confusing and capricious of where its headed.
Govinda’s fans and comedy lovers who are okay with rare funny sequences might go for the movie.
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