No Story 2050 (yes, that's what I meant to say!) is an absolute train-wreck from the very get-go. Harry Baweja, a director whose career spans two decades now, has yet to prove himself worthy of the silver screen. All was about to change wasn't it? Another hi-profile sci-fi flick (Koi Mil Gaya anyone?). Another director's son making a seemingly smashing debut (Hrithik Roshan anyone?). The film was hyped just enough to garner curiosity, without boring the audiences. All signs were pointing up....until its release that is...
There's virtually no legitimate story to boast of here. Girl (Priyanka Chopra) meets boy (Harman Baweja). Boy experiences the all-to-perfect love at first sight. Boy pursues girl. Girl withdraws. Boy pursues some more. Girl withdraws some more. Girl eventually falls in love with boy. Girl dies in an accident. Boy is devastated. Wow, the first half is totally unprecedented! Uh huh...
The second half is where the film supposedly becomes a bit more "unique." Boy's Uncle (Boman Irani), a desi re-incarnation of Einstein himself, has built the world's first time travelling machine. Boy and Uncle have the ludicrous idea to go to the future, Mumbai 2050 to be exact, to find girl. Brilliant plan! You'll have to check the film out to figure out what madness unfolds after that...
The first half has virtually no story, while the second half is forced with inane screen props to paint a pretty lame portrait of what the year 2050 will look like. Basically the writers feel that the world will be run by robots. Even so, their concept of humanized robotics is so laughable it makes you cringe at the thought of futuristic artificial intelligence. Well done! Despite a very rudimentary story, I was, at the very least, expecting to see some decent SFX on screen with the amount of money producers have wasted on this piece of cinema. Needless to say, I was quite disappointed.
Priyanka Chopra seemed just as uninterested in the film as I was watching it. But Baweja Sr. needs to hand her over a fat bonus cheque for looking so pretty. Because the only thing that stopped me from dozing off was her unbelievably gorgeous face. You'd think Ms. Chopra would have brought her A game, seeing as she recently completed a much superior Sci-Fi flick in Krrish.
Harman Baweja, another Hrithik spin-off, is a major disappointment. Unfortunately, his killer good looks (or at least that's what the ladies tell me...) and above-average dancing skills do not translate into satisfactory acting skills. His uneven performance came off as awkward and amateurish. However, I won't be too quick to judge. If the guy can stay away from this genre and move-away from the crass romantic rubbish, then he may have a future in the industry. But it's a distant one. I hope Priyanka and Harman's off-screen chemistry is much warmer than what we just saw on screen!
So as you can see, I do not recommend this film unless you are truly a very hard-core INDIAN Sci-Fi fan. You may however want to take your children and explain to them that if they don't save the future, then this is what will become of the world!
Aakash Gandhi is Managing Editor and Senior Writer for Planetbollywood.com. He also freelances for the Asian Variety Show at avstv.com.