FUTURE TO BRIGHT HAI JI | 3 November, 2012

Real Life Productions’ Future To Bright Hai Ji is the story of a married couple struggling to make both ends meet in Bombay. Ajay Kumar (Aamir Bashir) is a struggling film and television writer while his wife, Sonia Singh (Sonal Sehgal), is a small-time television actress. Sonia is fed up of living in a small rented house and is cons­tantly after Ajay to shift into a bigger house.

An astrologer tells Ajay and Sonia that they would soon hit upon good times and that their future looks bright. Excited, Sonia rings up an es­tate broker, Pinky Singh (Satish Kaushik), and asks him to show them a bigger house in a better locality. As luck would have it, a dubious produ­cer, Verma (Vipin Sharma), signs Ajay to write a film script as he wants to launch his son. He pays Ajay Rs. 3 lakh as signing amount and asks him to write the complete script in a week’s time. As Ajay and his wife are busy house-hunting, he hardly gets any time to write the script and hands over an old script to Verma, which gets rejected. Ajay also has a brush with law on two occasions in one week, both the times for ‘misbehaving’ with women. Sonia is also thrown out of the single TV serial she is working in.

What happens then? Do the astrologer’s predictions come true?

Sanjay Amar’s story is more suited to a television serial. In fact, even TV serials nowadays have more substantive stories. His screenplay runs out of steam pretty fast as a result of which, perhaps, inconsequential scenes are added to no effect. For instance, the scene in which Sonia gives interviews to the various TV channels was not needed at all as, even without that, she could have been asked to leave the serial. Why Romilla (Neelima Azim) frames Ajay and accuses him of kissing her is not clear. Since the story line is thin, the film starts getting on the viewer’s nerves after a point of time. The drama is so predictable that the audience loses interest in it in no time. Even the dialogues, penned by Sanjay Amar and Hari Mehrotra, are routine except the comic ones which are fairly good.

Aamir Bashir and Sonal Sehgal perform naturally but they are unable to carry the film on their shoulders. Satish Kaushik acts well and evokes laughter with his funny dialogues. Asrani does well. Vipin Sharma is good. Anant Jog provides entertaining moments as the police officer. Neelima Azim has her moments. Del­naaz Irani is quite nice as the landlady. Nikhil Ratnaparkhi, as Abid, is okay. Brijendra Kala gets very limited scope but yet manages to leave a mark in the role of Brahm-ji. Paayal Singh is reasonably effective. Rajesh Khera is alright. Manini De (Mishra) and the others provide adequate support.

Limited as it is by his own script, Sanjay Amar’s direction is average. Mohinderjit Singh, Naresh-Paresh and Aamir Ali’s music is nothing to shout about. The same can be said about the lyrics penned by Rahat Kazmi, Sonal Sehgal, Promod Kush and Ravi Chopra. Song picturisations are commonplace. Hanief Sheikh’s background music is ordinary. Camerawork (Neelabh Kaul) is quite alright. Sandeep Singh Bajeli’s editing could’ve been sharper.

On the whole, the future of Future To Bright Hai Ji at the box-office is far from bright. A non-starter!

Released on 2-11-’12 at PVR Lower Parel (daily 1 show) and other cinemas of Bombay thru Mukta Movies Distributors. Publicity & opening: poor. …….Also released in Delhi-U.P. and some other circuits. Opening was very dull everywhere.