The Bollywood film Selfiee, starring Akshay Kumar, Emraan Hashmi, Nushrratt Bharuccha, Diana Penty, Mahesh Thakur, Abhimanyu Singh, Meghna Malik, and Kusha Kapila, failed to live up to expectations. The movie revolves around the story of a superstar who wants a driving license for a car-based scene shoot, while an RTO inspector wants a harmless selfie with his favorite star. However, things change when the superstar reaches the RTO office, and a cat-and-mouse game ensues between the two. In this article, we will review the reasons why this movie failed to impress the audience.
Typical Akshay Kumar Trademark Comedy
The movie has a typical Akshay Kumar trademark comedy in some scenes, which is one of the highlights of the movie. However, it is not enough to carry the entire movie. The comedic relief of the film comes from Akki cracking self-deprecating jokes, but the filmmakers did not take it a step further.
Tweaking of the Script
The filmmakers tweaked the original script of the Malayalam film Driving License led by Prithviraj Sukumaran for Akshay Kumar’s Hindi remake. However, the changes made things worse than the original. The screenplay of Rishhabh Sharrma adapts and modifies the original screenplay. The movie fails to capture the essence of the story and falls short of creating a connection between the audience and the characters.
Lack of Emotional Connection
Emraan Hashmi’s Om’s star-worshipping is not developed well enough to create an emotional connection solely depending on his performance. It would be hard for non-fans to understand what he is going through. The transformation of Om from a die-hard fan to a failed father to a revengeful RTO inspector fails to evoke any emotions apart from a desire for the movie to end.
The movie’s cast is talented, but they are not utilized well enough. Nushrratt Bharuccha & Diana Penty, as respective housewives of Emraan & Akshay, have nothing to do in the film apart from making sure their husbands do not make any mistakes. Mahesh Thakur’s character is barely given any footage, which is a shame considering his talent. Abhimanyu Singh’s character writing is hilarious, leading to some rib-tickling scenes, but it falls short of creating a significant impact. The best character of the movie is played by Meghna Malik, who relies heavily on her natural performance to bring the best out of the character.
Cinematography and Editing
The cinematography of the movie is pretty basic, apart from a few routine action sequences. There is nothing to boast about how the film “looks.” Ritesh Soni’s editing does not help much and lets the second half drown into oblivion.
In conclusion, the movie Selfiee fails to impress the audience due to various reasons, including tweaking the original script, underutilization of the cast, and lack of emotional connection. The comedic relief provided by Akshay Kumar’s self-deprecating humor is not enough to carry the entire movie. The cinematography and editing do not help either. The movie falls short of creating a connection between the audience and the characters, and it fails to capture the essence of the story. The movie could have been better with a more thought-out storyline, better direction, and stronger performances from the cast.