EMI Review – Watch at Your Own Risk
The biggest let down of EMI is the sinking feeling that the film carries right from the information go. The flawed screenplay wastes so much time just setting up the predictable assumption that you give up on the film already before it really takes off. The second half is so disjointed that it looks like some other film altogether.
The film or at the minimum the idea behind it would have been to depict how monthly installments can cause havoc in one’s life. Four people (a flashy DJ, a married white collared man, a single mother and a retired father) take loans and aren’t able to pay it off. The task of recovering goes to an agency run by a goon, Sattar Bhai. Just like the people he is chasing Sattar’s life is also at a turning point. instead of just going about his business he ends up solving their problems and everything ends ‘happy-happy’.
Didn’t anyone notice the incomplete story or rather the without of it? EMI tries to skate on thin ice like episodes which are strung together albeit unconvincingly by some shoddy acting. All the characters are soulless cardboard cutouts of ‘shared’ people.
Everyone puts in a half-baked effort besides Urmila Matondkar. She is very convincing as the young widowed single mother at the minimum initially but somewhere down the line we see her more with her lawyer friend gallivanting from police stop to court to already night clubs without a minute’s worry for her little daughter!
A stiff Sanjay Dutt runs by Sattar Bhai as if Munnabhai reported for shooting. Rampal is so slow and pathetic that you might end up feeling as if you were being forced to sit by some kindergarten play!
truly it’s not that actors are to be blamed as the script doesn’t give them anything to chew on. Sample the bad writing-Arjun Rampal is a DJ who goes to meet the top man of a music company and throws more attitude than Jim Morrison. And then the top man asks him to ‘show’ his talent and lo and behold the DJ sings! We then see all the lives transforming over a song and by the end of it the DJ is a superstar! Everything in the film is resolved (one never really noticed things going wrong) by insignificant pep talk and that too by a goon who now wants to become a politician. So he starts ‘respecting’ people to get respect in return.
Don’t already go anywhere near!
EMI Rating: 1/5
EMI Director: Saurabh Kabra
EMI Genre(s): Family Entertainer
EMI Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Urmila Matondkar, Arjun Rampal, Ashish Choudhary, Daya Shankar Pandey, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Malaika Arora Khan, Manoj Joshi, Neha Uberoi, Pushkar Jog