Movie Review: Tom Dick And Harry ...


Indo-Asian News Service

New Delhi, (IANS) After "Deewane Huey Paagal" and "Pyaare Mohan", which got flak for ridiculing the physically impaired, comes another of the same genre. "Tom, Dick And Harry" from actor-turned-director Deepak Tijori seems one more tasteless attempt at provoking laughs by caricaturising the disabled.

Tijori, however, insists he is not making fun of the disabled. He says he is instead concentrating on the lighter side of the lives of deaf Tom (Dino Morea), blind Dick (Anuj Sawhney) and mute Harry (Jimmy Shergill).

The story goes like this: Tom, Dick and Harry live together as paying guests and things go swimmingly until Celina (Celina Jaitley) arrives on the scene as their new neighbour. They try and impress her like any other normal young men, but she completely ignores them.

There is another girl on the scene - fisherwoman Bijli (Kim Sharma) who is completely besotted by Tom and loses no chance to express her feelings.

Bollywood potboilers are incomplete without a villain; so in comes Suprano, played by Gulshan Grover. Suprano is out to prove that he is the worst villain ever and the trio -- Tom, Dick and Harry -- unknowingly become the biggest hurdle in his business deals.

The wild goose chase between the cops who are chasing Suprano who is chasing Tom, Dick and Harry leads the film to the climax.

This is Oracle Entertainment Private Limited's second film and is produced by Ranjan Prakash and Surendra Bhatia. Himesh Reshammiya, who is scaling new heights with his singing, has composed the tunes of this so-called fun flick.

In the past, there have been some filmmakers who excelled in showing the trials and tribulations of the disabled -- like Satyen Bose's "Dosti", Gulzar's "Koshish", Sai Paranjpye's "Sparsh" and Mani Ratnam's "Anjali".

More recently there have been Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Black" and Nagesh Kukunoor's "Iqbal", both remarkable studies in sensitivity towards the disabled. Other than them, however, most directors of the current lot have shown appalling callousness towards people with special needs.

Last year, Harry Baweja made a futile attempt to handle the delicate issue of a mentally challenged man in the box office dud "Main Aisa Hoon" with Ajay Devgan in the lead role. Unfortunately, Ajay's character was reduced to a caricature and failed to have a right impact on the audience.

Sensitive audiences are looking to see more of "Black" and "Iqbal". Looks like they are going to be hugely disappointed with "Tom, Dick And Harry". Rating: 1.5