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Khaali Peeli Movie Review: An ode to 70's and 80's masala Bollywood films but that's not Enough!

Modified On: 03 October 2020 | Reviewed By:

Ananya Panday and Ishaan Khatter play typical Bollywood film hero-heroine who are separated in childhood and meets in current time in strange circumstances. Heard before right?

Khaali Peeli

Director: Maqbool Khan | Music Director: Vishal-Shekhar

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Cast: Ananya Panday, Ishaan Khatter, Jaideep Ahlawat

Director: Maqbool Khan

Khaali Peeli is an ode to '70s and 80's masala Bollywood films, Hero and Heroine who are childhood sweethearts who got separated and met again in the current life with different circumstances. But that's not enough!

Ishaan Khatter is Blackie aka Vijay Chauhan (An ode to BIg B's character from Agneepath) who is a poor man's Munna portrayed by Aamir Khan in Rangeela who tries too hard to be tapori by using Mumbaiya slang like Kalti, Shendi, Pawuli, Chaava and Chaavi.

Ananya Panday does a lot of 'struggle' really to do a mainstream heroine act which Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi did back in the '90s like a boss. She plays pooja who runs from her marriage which was about to happen with a paedophile a disturbing and problematic character played by talented Swanand Kirkire (sir please stick to lyric writing) who stayed virgin for 10 years for her.  On the eve of her wedding, she robs the party of their cash and gold and her getaway car turns out to be Blackie’s taxi. She, too, is a kid of the streets and, therefore, has to speak the same lingo.  even Ananya Panday does that Mumbai lino but you can easily make out that when a girl from Malabar Hill tries to utter tapori slang it will turn out to be awkward.

Even extremely talented Jaideep Ahlawat who showcased an impeccable performance in Patal Lok was wasted completely he played the typical Bollywood villain who is there in the film just to get beaten up by the hero at the end.

The film has all the trouped of old films such as montage sequence of a child becoming the current adult hero. The main lead escape from goons and policemen disguised as dancers lip-sync an item song Beyonce Sharma Jayegi sorry Duniya Sharma Jayegi, okay, whatever.

But to give it a millennial touch here the heroine is not just for glamour or for singing duet with the hero. She gets scenes where she is performing her stunt and pulling a mini Sunny Deol in the climax without the help of the hero.

The film has forceful comic relief by a hamming Satish Kaushik which doesn't add any fun in the film The hilarious part was at the start of the film there is a disclaimer that no cockroaches were harmed in the film they were created with the help of CGI, now that is funny.....unintentionally.

Khalli Peeli is a film which should be not taken seriously, even the makers have not taken it seriously, hence the movie was made half baked.

It still a mystery that this film is to be watched by paying Rs 299...why..Khaali Peeli wasting money, skip it.

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