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Karzzzz – movie review

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Karzzzz, movie review

Set amidst the majestic and breathtaking locales of South Africa, Karzzzz is a remake of the 1980 Subhash Ghai hit Karz.

Rock Star Monty (Himesh Reshammiya) is based in Cape Town, South Africa, but is phenomenally popular all over the world. Monty is an orphan, but the shrewd businessman Oberoi (Raj Babbar) and his wife (Himani Shivpuri) have taken him under their wing. Not out of any altruistic intentions, but to exploit Monty’s talents for their own selfish gain.

At a party, he meets Tina (Shweta Kumar) and its love at first sight for both of them, but Tina has to return to Kenya, where she lives. During one of his rehearsals, Monty starts playing a tune and suddenly goes into a trance as he gets intense visual flashes – a mansion, a temple, a beautiful girl… Monty falls down unconscious.

His doctor friend Dayal (Bakhtyr Irani) is worried and gets a psychiatrist to examine him. They realize that Monty’s flashbacks are triggered whenever he plays that familiar tune. The psychiatrist advises Monty to take a vacation. Monty picks Kenya to take a break.
He meets Tina again and their love blossoms with her uncle Kabira’s (Danny Denzongpa) blessings. As Monty travels around Kenya, he feels a sense of deja vu… as if he’s been here before. Monty sees the same mansion and finds out that it belonged to one Ravi Verma, who died in a tragic accident, soon after his wedding.

Driving through a vineyard he hears the same tune that’s been haunting him and suddenly everything comes back… he was Ravi Verma in his previous life and the beautiful girl was Kamini, the love of his life… his wife!

Even as Monty grapples with this realization, he has to confront an even bigger problem – Kamini, the love of his previous life is Tina’s guardian and he, Monty is engaged to Tina! At a party Monty and Princess Kamini as she’s known now, finally come face to face. Kamini, although much older than Monty, takes a sudden fancy to him. Monty, too cannot resist her charms. Thus begins a clandestine affair between them…

And thus begins Monty’s journey – to extract revenge for a murder that happened a lifetime ago… to reunite a family that was separated … to pay back Kamini and her evil accomplice Sir Juda (Gulshan Grover)… and to repay the debt which he owes his mother and sister…

In his new life, with his new face, Monty has a lot of romancing, dancing, singing and even stunts to extract revenge for his own murder.

Danny Denzongapa as a filmholic uncle, and Rohini Hattangadi as Ravi Verma’s mother are apt in their parts. Raj Babbar as the turbaned character is perfectly portrayed as the manipulative God father like a parasite. Gulshan Grover is the mute villain whose mode of communication is his artificial steel /electronic musical hand

The attractive newcomer Shweta Kumar (Indra Kumar’s daughter) is okay for whatever scope offered to her. Compared to the original Karz where it was Rishi Kapoor with his energetic presence and dancing around, Himesh doesn’t do well in dance sequences. Urmilla Matondkar is overwhelming as the young girl Kamini and more so impressive and stately as the lady ‘princess’. Karzzzz, the musical thriller is likely to be loved by Himesh’s fans as Himesh was quite impressive as well.

Cast of Karzzzz:
Monty Oberoi – Himesh Reshammiya
Kamini – Urmila Matondkar
Tina – Shweta Kumar
Kabira / Kabir Chacha – Danny Denzongpa
Sir Juda – Gulshan Grover
Dr. Dayal – Bhaktyaar Irani
Oberoi – Raj Babbar
Mrs. Oberoi – Himani Shivpuri
Ravi Verma – Dino Morea
Ravi Verma’s mother – Rohini Hattangadi
Ravi Verma’s sister – Smita Bansal
Tina’s father – Imran Hasnee
Asrani – Asrani

Credits & Crew of Karzzzz:
Producers – Bhushan Kumar & Krishan Kumar
Director – Satish Kaushik
Screenplay & Dialogue – Shiraz Ahmed
Executive Producer – Ajay Kapoor
Music – Himesh Reshammiya
Lyrics – Sameer
Singers – Himesh Reshammiya, Tulsi Kumar Cinematography – Manoj Soni
Choreographer – Piyush Panchal
Film Editing – Hemal Kothari
Art Direction – Sukant Panigrahy, Ranjan Kumar Patra
Assistant Directors – Ajay Lohan, Ritesh Sinha
Sound Department – Jagmohan Anand
Visual Effects – Ashirwad Hadkar, Ashutosh Khandelwal
Stunts – Shyam Kaushal
Karzzzz, movie review