Akshay Kumar and Emraan Hashmi-starrer Selfiee is out in theatres. It is a remake of the Malayalam film, Driving Licence. Is this worth a watch? Read the review and find out!
Selfiee Movie Review
By Zinia Bandyopadhyay: At this point, it is safe to say that most in the audience are done with remakes. It has been a continuing season of remaking not just some super hit regional films, but Bollywood is now buying rights of foreign language films as well. Most times, the attempt goes futile as seldom do remakes manage to match up to the original.
Just last week, Kartik Aaryan hit the screens with his film Shehzada, the remake of Allu Arjun’s Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo and the disappointment was just as massive as the hype the film had generated. Now, Akshay Kumar and Emraan Hashmi have teamed up for the remake of the Malayalam film, Driving Licence. Titled Selfiee, this one has actually managed to capture the essence of the original and is one that can be termed a ‘good remake’.
Much of the credit actually goes to Raj Mehta, who was able to take the original and mould it perfectly to suit the sensibilities of the Hindi film audience. What’s even better is that the director, who had collaborated with Akshay in Good Newwz, has been able to tap into his comic timings and make Vijay Kumar a shadow of how Akshay Kumar is. So, you see a character who is just like how fans see Khiladi Kumar to be and who is not afraid to take a few jibes at himself as well. So you have his wife, played by Diana Penty, making fun of the star’s ‘masoode wali smile’ and you will not be able to hold back the laugh and marvel at Kumar’s ability to take a joke on himself at the same time.
What makes the film better is the fact that he has an equally good opponent in Emraan Hashmi. Hashmi is spontaneous as the cop in the Road Transport Office, Om Agarwal, who has to get Kumar’s license done urgently. He requests for a selfie with the star at the office because he is a huge fan. The superstar, who feels Agarwal is a genuine fan, goes to meet him. But things go horribly wrong as the media turns up and things are blown out of proportion. What ensues is the two coming at loggerheads with one another. But who will win in this clash?
The film takes multiple turns. Is this a story of a common man trying to avenge an attack on his family? Is this about the misuse of power? Is this about how politics and the media play out and sensationalises otherwise simple things? Is this about the fallacy of human behaviour that stretches things that can easily be resolved? Is this about clash of egos? Well, it is about all of that combined. The makers carefully add comic relief throughout the film. Scenes, especially involving Akshay Kumar and his interaction with Meghna Malik invoke genuine laughs. Abhimanyu Singh also adds the perfect tadka to this concoction.
There is not much that the female leads have to do. We have Nushrratt Bharuccha and Diana Penty. While the former is shown as a homemaker who is shown in the most stereotypical way exaggerating about her husband’s achievements, Diana’s character is shown as more stronger as independent.
The mob sequence is what I feel could have been dealt with better. Without divulging too much, it is a sequence where a strong message of not losing one’s mind while being a fan could have been given. Was this muted to appease fans? We don’t know. But the scene could definitely have been better written.
The editing is crisp. The background music is on point and the film is enjoyable. The fact that Selfiee has taken the good parts from Driving Licence and given it a touch of its own is what makes this remake a good watch as well. If you are looking for a fun watch this weekend, you have one!