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Until before a day of its release, there was much excitement and expectations about the film ' Its A Wonderful Afterlife' . May be because of the name linked to it i.e. NRI director Gurinder Chaddha who had once given us a super hit film ' Bend It Like Beckham (2002)' . Chaddha has always depicted the differences in cultures, especially between the westerns and the Indians living abroad. We have seen it in ' Bend It Like Beckham (2002)' and ' Bride & Prejudice (2004)' . Now the same is with ' Its A Wonderful Afterlife' . Unfortunately it doesn' t seem to work this time. ' Its A Wonderful Afterlife' is completely disappointing.
The movie tells the story of a mother, Mrs. Sethi (a widow, Shabana Azmi) and her daughter Roopi (Goldy Notay). Mrs. Sethi is restless because she finds difficult to get a groom for her slightly overweight daughter. When people keep rejecting her daughter, she takes the task in her hands and then begins the series of murders with the help of ' curry' . Now the spirits of the murdered come back to take revenge on Mrs. Sethi. The spirits expect her to die because then only they will get reincarnation. Sethi agrees to die but only after her daughter gets married. So the ghosts realize that finding a good husband to Roopi will only help them for their wonderful afterlife. The ghosts then join hands with Mrs. Sethi for the mission. Eventually, Roopi' s childhood friend, D S Murthy (Sendhil Ramamurthy) comes back in the town, who in turn is the eligible bachelor. Sadly, he is a detective who is on run to capture the ' curry killer' . Problems become worst when Roopi' s best friend Linda (Sally Hawkins) enters the scene and then what leads is the rest of the story of film.
Though the story looks tempting and interesting on papers, it is not well translated into the celluloid. ' Its A Wonderful Afterlife' was categorized as a black comedy, but if you watch the film, you will find it is not true. In fact, it keeps changing its track from a slapstick comedy to teary movements. Many said that ' Bride & Prejudice' is Gurinder Chaddha' s weakest film, but not at least compared to her latest venture. A bad screenplay is the biggest let down of the film. The story is not at all focused. However, there are some scenes, which Chaddha has handled uniquely like the sequences between the ghosts and Shabana.
The film is neither high on emotions nor laughter. We are not supposed to take it seriously. However, the flat dialogues and the expectations to laugh at silly sequences bog down the film. Moreover, the climax of the film too is unconvincing. However the film ranks well in acting department. Shabana Azmi is as always great. Goldy Notay is efficient and Sendhil Ramamurthy has great screen presence. Sally Hawkins is also out standing.
Conclusively, ' Its A Wonderful Afterlife' is not up to the expectations. It hardly entertains you. If you have nothing really great to do, go for it or simply stay away from it.
Indian Films, Studio 18, Bendit Films
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Screenrush Trailers reviewed on 2010-05-06 at 22:46:44Z
It' s a Wonderful Afterlife: Comedy (1h 40min) - A film by Gurinder Chadha
Sneha Kochak reviewed on 2010-05-06 at 20:34:55Z
Music from ' It' s a Wonderful Afterlife' - contagious! Punjabi capers at their best. ♫
noSPicedhAM reviewed on 2010-05-06 at 20:26:54Z
Perhaps am little road-weary, but It' s A Wonderful Afterlife is proving cheerfully silly fun watch. Oh and btw, contrary to expectation ...
Celeste Campbell reviewed on 2010-05-06 at 19:54:12Z
I went to see ' It' s A Wonderful Afterlife' at the cinema last night. I thought it was really funny :) x
shrishti arya reviewed on 2010-05-06 at 18:41:35Z
Thanx for showing us a wonderful movie ' It' s A Wonderful Afterlife' Go catch it all! and lemme know how u liked it * * * *
Miranda Mungai reviewed on 2010-05-06 at 17:48:33Z
It' s a wonderful afterlife-What a randomly badman movie :D
IndiaNews247 reviewed on 2010-05-06 at 16:30:52Z
It' s A Wonderful Afterlife: Shabana Azmi is a worried mom. She wants to get her frumpy, overweight daughter marrie...
srinivas karasu reviewed on 2010-05-06 at 15:21:12Z
It' s a Wonderful Afterlife: It' s neither Capraesque, despite the title, nor ..
Priyanka sharma reviewed on 2010-05-06 at 14:16:26Z
It' s A Wonderful Afterlife - is comedy murder film hehe
kavereeb reviewed on 2010-05-06 at 14:08:56Z
So disappointing! thought Gurinder Chadha was a funny woman? it' s a wonderful afterlife is not so wonderful after all. just saw it. boring!
glamsham reviewed on 2010-05-06 at 13:23:42Z
It' s a Wonderful Afterlife - Music Review: All in all IT' ' S A WONDERFUL AFTERLIFE is a collector' ' s piece that sav...
Sue Houghton-Large reviewed on 2010-05-06 at 12:36:07Z
Went to see ' It' s a wonderful afterlife' last night. Spent ½ the movie trying to work out where I' d seen the romantic lead before.
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