This is what I imagine happened many years ago in Los Angeles. A beefy man approaches a studio boss after winning Mr. Universe title. The studio boss and his team do a strengths and weaknesses analysis.
Acting/ Emotion – Limited
Diction – Foreign Accent
USP – Ability to exude brute force
So they gave him roles of barbarian and humanoid to great success and we got Arnold Schwarzenegger
Now this is what I imagine happened not too long ago in Mumbai when Himesh Reshammiya visited the producer Vipin Reshammiya, also his father, for a movie. Himesh & the producer together assessed the strengths and weaknesses of Himesh the actor:
Acting/Emoting – Excellent
Dialogue delivery – Excellent
USP – An outstanding all-rounder capable of delivering a blockbuster.
And so we get a Teraa Surroor, where Himesh Bhai takes a shot at stepping into the shoes of another Bhai who turns anything he touches into gold. Sadly, Himesh is no Salman and he should thank his stars if this film even breaks even. Himesh plays Raghu, a Mumbai gangster whose girlfriend Tara (Farah Karimaee) leaves him and goes to Ireland. She has been invited there by a Facebook friend Anirudh Brahmin, who she has never even seen. In Irelenad, she lands in the coop on drug charges. Raghu believes in her innocence and follows her to Ireland to rescue her. He has help in the form of Enrique Santino a.k.a “The Bird” (Naseeruddin Shah) who has successfully escaped from 14 prisons before. There’s also Kabir Bedi as the Indian Police Chief, Shekhar Kapur as the Indian ambassador and Monica Dogra as his wife. In all the goings-on, Himesh, whose character is supposed to remain under the radar, sports flashy clothes and dark shades, lectures the Irish and generally goes on shooting sprees.
Coming to the positives, this is an expensive movie. The locations are pretty, production values are top notch and music is average. There are too many downsides to list. However, the greatest flaw is in the choice of the leading man. Himesh can’t act to save his life. He shows absolutely no emotions throughout the film. He sorely lacks the charisma a “film star” needs to have. Farah Karimaee is equally limited in the acting department but at least looks the part. Naseeruddin Shah, Kabir Bedi and Shekhar Kapur can only do so much to save a sinking ship.
It is high time Himesh went back to being only a musician where he has achieved some success and amassed some fans. As for unleashing his acting ambitions on the viewers- Bas Kijiye Huzoor!
Film Poster – By Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=49260708
Rating : 1/5
Starring: Himesh Reshammiya, Farah Karimaee, Naseeruddin Shah, Shekhar Kapur, Kabir Bedi
Director: Shawn Arranha