I am a movie buff but have never been as eager for a movie release as was this day. CROOK was in the newspapers for a year as a story linked to the reported and hyped “attacks” on indian students in Melbourne last year.
Hence I decided to check out the movie in their first day first show this day. 9 am show so that I can finish by around 1130 am or so that I can still get back to office. In a way I am justifying this movie as part of my today’s work and will claim the cost of the tickets from the expense account.
Nikhat Kazmi of TOI gave it a rating of 3/5 which appears to me still as generous. I will not try to do a review or synopsis. here as there will be several more available on the net.
To be honest, the movie is less factual and more of a bollywood fiction. The importance of PR to an Indian student is the theme and the way to get it is said to be only two: either pay an agent and get fake work exp OR get married to an Aussie. Ha ha ha.
The attacks are shown to be more of inter group rivalry with the Aussies gangs being hassled with desis marrying Aussie girls. And attackers are all white Australians. So far removed from the reality where attackers have been largely teenagers muggers and often including kids belonging to various races and also in a focussed incident, an indian.
Snide comments strike out where Australians are referred to as those without cultural values and as descendents of crooks. Are these not racistic generalizations. However in the end the movie blurs the difference between Indians and Australians.
The indian student from Hoshiarpur or Gurdaspur shown to be on full scholarship (McCarthy scholarship to study at Taylors college) is an insult to Indian student’s quality. The guy is a comic and utters pathetic English. All indian students look alike, drive taxis, work in petty jobs and none attend to studies. Even the one with scholarship.
Ha ha ha again.
Gangs can get in easily into hospitals and attempt stabbing Indians. There appears to be an all out indian-aussie gangwar openly on streets. Guns are easily available. Ha ha ha.
Add to this a good dose to revenge, bollywood filmy style. Indians referred as Pakis(!!!) appearing that Pakistanis and Indians join hands against Aussies.
Technically too the story has flaws. None of the drivers wear seat belts and driving licenses are fixed. It’s easy to change identity and reach Australia. There is a scene with snow on the road while it appears to be summer elsewhere.
Are there any positives: the actress keeps insisting on cultural harmony between races and convinces the hero to join her efforts. Melbourne looks beautiful and inviting in parts. There is a scene where Hashmi says that Indians are racist too. Typical bollywood style closure and climax.
That’s all. Just when the media hype on Aussie attacks had been rectified in public memory, we have this twisted story or should I say a crook-Ed tale.
Censors did well by giving it an A rating. Avoidable. Mahesh Bhatt needs to do his homework better. I look forward more to the second test match starting tomorrow in Bangalore and for the Laxman effect.
Earlier I had impression that MAHESH BHATT is a mature director. But this CROOK-ED film proves he has become too superficial.He has made a film without checking the facts on which the script is.
I agree with your comment RAVI:
“Just when the media hype on Aussie attacks had been rectified in public memory, we have this twisted story or should I say a crook-Ed tale.”
I have not seen the movie yet, but I already knew that movie will be a B or C grade (typical of Bhatt camp these days).
Did you know they even copied the song “Chhalla” from an Indian student in Australia (Adelaide) who wrote about life of student life in Australia? Bhatts have apparently denied him any credit? Though it’s a traditional folk song, the theme has been lifted from Babbal Rai’s chhalla.
This is the original version.. which was later included in Babbal Rai’s official album.
I didnot know about the song being lifted. I guess if that is the case, the name of the movie befits the makers.
Unfortunately it is going to be read only by those who have a deep rooted commercial interest in Australia… Hence never going to be believed…and always disputed…
Not sure as to what point is being made by you.
A BOLLYWOOD blockbuster inspired by the violent attacks on Indian students in Melbourne has come under fire for producing “venom that’s spewed against Australians”.
Thanks Jag for sharing this link. It seems that my thoughts an observations in this blog is consistent with the reviewers too. I notice that Mahesh Bhatt too acknowledges on his blog that the movie was a debacle. Public too trashed it.
However, the image of Australia has taken a beating again. The email episode of victoria Police where they are suggesting a ‘solution’ to the problem has been another chapter in this soap.
All are guilty and will remain so. Media, flick and cops. Students and education providers suffer.
Ravi Sent from my iPhone
I think today’s youth has this problem of pack attacks and robberies in Sunshine and St. Albans areas are rampant.
The Director tried to fit in the Indian protest rally in Melbourne and the news channels in India hype too. Cannot comment if the movie was good or bad but again I liked the song “Challa”
”challa india ton aaya ,
ve jindari nu kam te laaya
o dil nu khichdi maaya
raat din taxi chalaunda
ve motte dallar kamaunda”
Yes “raat din taxi chalaunda” is a fact
I went out to the loo when the song was on and now the movie has already flopped out of the cinemas for me to catch the song again…