Give My Money Back

  • Vijaya Kumar
  • India
  • Apr 13, 2012

Blood Money, the latest production from the Mahesh-Mukesh Bhatt factory, has such a weak story. The makers seem to have realised it during the making of the movie, and inserted the famous Hansel and Gretel fairy tale—in the form of a dialogue aired by the heroine Amrita Puri—to give some substance to the plot.

Everything is weak and incredulous. Firstly, the term Blood Money normally refers to the amount paid to a victim’s family in return for immunity to the perpetrator of the crime (involving the victim). The movie’s story has nothing to do with this. It is supposed to be a theme related to fraudulent deals in the  diamond trade; and since there was a movie called Blood Diamond, that dealt with murky happenings in the diamond business, this movie has been named Blood Money! 

The hero, Kunal Khemu, finishes his MBA, and lands an assignment at a Cape Town based firm – which provides him a palatial accommodation, and fancy perks. If they had indicated the name of the business school, I would have gladly gone back to get an MBA from that school! His boss, a devil in sheep’s clothing, drills holes in the legs of employees who try to run away. And since Manish Chaudhury (the bad boss) emotes so badly, he has to reveal his ugly side by delivering this dialogue: ‘Do not mistake me to be a Dhokla and Khakhra eating Gujarati’!

The Bhatts have in the past come out with interesting themes; and although they have not been outstanding, none of them had such slipshod treatment. Even when there is scope to weave in some reality, the director, Vishal Mahadkar, seems hell bent to drive the movie along clichéd tracks. A few songs pass muster. The supposedly intimate scenes of Kunal Khemu and the seductress Mia Uyeda, are also bereft of passion. The most generous of critics would possibly term this as an over-simplified expression of an under-baked script, that has a thick coating of implausibility. I think that the title should refer to the amount to be paid by the makers to those who accidentally get to view it! 


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