Joker Movie Review – The Art And Physics Of Film Making

My entirely and highly reliable movie review of Joker, based on its 3-minute trailer

Men are from Mars!
(photo courtesy – Google)

Writer, Producer, Director, but mainly Astrophysicist Shirish Kunder has a new movie out. It is called Joker, and, most likely it has been silently funded by NASA.

As you might have cursorily observed from your nerdy friend’s Facebook post, Mars has been in the news lately. NASA recently shunted a fact-finding rover (i.e. a camera tripod on wheels) to the padose-wala planet. The idea is to figure out if life can/did exist in a hostile environment such as Mars where there is no water, no breathable air, and no hospitable terrain. It remains unclear as to why NASA needed to invest billions to go that far when they could have easily flown a couple of scientists to Gurgaon (or any other big Indian city) to obtain answers to their questions. Yes, life can exist under the conditions described above. In fact, I can see it flourishing right outside my window at this moment.

Anyhow, despite causing worldwide swooning and making physicists surge to the top-spot in all matrimonial eligible-bachelor lists, Shirish Kunder and NASA realized that such scientific antics still caused zero interest among Indians. We would rather spend our time watching Baba Ramdev’s Live Arrest on TV, or Ekta Kapoor’s new serial called ‘Woh Mere Saajan Aur Mein Unki Hawai Chappal’, or even Bol Bachchan, Rowdy Rathore and Once Upon An Ageing Tiger. Not to be deterred, the bright scientists figured that the only way to drum up interest in Martian antics among the population in this subcontinent was by making the first-ever scientific-Bollywood film. That, ladies and gentlemen, has resulted in the creation of a new vision for Bollywood, called Bollyvigyan, and its first offering – Joker.

The storyline is out of this world, quite literally. This is a story of two Martian empires and their battle for supremacy and universe-domination (see below for “Universe” definition). One race believes in basic values of goodness and decency. This race is protected by the ability of its constituents to amplify their speed and reflexes to Krrish-like levels – a characteristic known as The Force. The other race is just pure evil – they believe in corruption, black money, abuse of power etc., i.e. The Dark Side. These warring races bring their battles to Earth (also referred to as The Death Star by Al Gore, who makes a cameo appearance), specifically, to some prime real estate in India, presumably Gujarat or Greater Noida. There, they make crop circles, dance to elaborately choreographed item songs and tell terrible jokes in their quest to crush the other side into defeat. In the end, without giving any more of this delightfully original story away, one of the two sides loses.

The film trailer seemed filled with subterfuge so the story might not exactly be the way I have described it above.

With regards to, let’s just call it acting credits, poor Akshay Kumar is like that whack-a-mole that keeps getting pounded by critics and audience alike, and yet pops back up every couple of weeks with a new blockbuster. If there was an Oscar for Resilience, surely there couldn’t be a more deserving winner than him? In this one, he is joined by Sonakshi Sinha and other Martian characters, giving the film an authentic sci-fi demeanour. The lead pair seemed to be enjoying the film making experience as much as you and I might enjoy a healthy cup of Brooke Bond Red Label tea.

The music in the film is by some unknowns (i.e. someone who is not A.R. Rehman, Pritam and Annu Malik) and the background score is by Shirish Kunder himself. And the lyrics are by Shirish Kunder, too. This mother lode of talent has resulted in songs like “I want fakht you”, and parents all around the country are eagerly waiting to train their kids to perform this number at birthday parties and the forthcoming Diwali celebrations in their colonies. As you will agree, it is simply too cute to see small kids stumble on big words like fucked etc.

In closing, Joker makes a case for compelling viewing – a scientific film made by a creative mind of astronomical proportions that is not only going to set the box office a-jingle, but also make you toss that vile ’50 Shades Of Grey’ and rummage your attic for your old school and college physics text books instead. And I expect many of us to change our Facebook status to “Move over, Steve Jobs. I’d much rather be Shirish Kunder’s Joker” when we leave the movie theatre with happy smiles.

My fellow compatriots, if we miss this opportunity at getting inspired for greatness, the Joke will be on us.

The Joker spaceship arrives at a movie theatre near you on August 31st, 2012. Be there or be square.


(Definition of Universe : That very large real estate surrounding all of us, which is also the scene of legendary battles fought by pimply adolescent boys on their laptops and hand held devices. Immense fire-power is consumed in the interest of conflict-resolution. The ruler of this domain is usually a dazzling 18-year old South American girl who is thin-as-reed but has ample boobs. She likes to wave at her subjects wearing a swimsuit and a tiara.)




20 thoughts on “Joker Movie Review – The Art And Physics Of Film Making

  1. Tanmay

    I resent the whiff of sarcasm in this piece. Mr. Kunder is an acknowledged artiste teteering on the cusp of greatness. His earlier works ‘Tees Maar Khan’ on celluloid and ‘Batteesi Pe Maar Kha’ in real life have established him as a director who believes in depicting gritty reality on film (or gritty film on reality). I believe ‘Joker’ is truly the gentle push Mr. Kunder needs to achieve his greatness.

    1. Rickie Khosla Post author

      Tanmay, as Ashu would say – “Haww!”
      Me and Sarcasm? I wouldn’t even know the ass of it.
      And how can you say that SK is on the cusp of greatness. He is already and permanently lodged there!

  2. Akanksha Dureja

    One of the best reviews by you 🙂 I am still laughing my heart out!
    Someone told me, that the story goes like – There is a small town somewhere across the border of two states in India and both the states don’t accept it as a part of their territory. So, the inhabitants create crop-circles, well to get noticed! Guess they are unaware of Facebook 😛 😉

  3. Deenu

    Rickie, aap to sach much great ho! Writing a full scale review/ preview based on a 3 minute trailer! I think I’ll stay away from this masterpiece movie though. AK and SS – more than someone my age can take.

    Well written.

  4. Amit

    I am disappointed. I thought it was a love story between an Earthling (Akshay) and a Martian (Sonakshi). Wait. Or is it the other way round? Anyways, I thought we will get insights into how we can possibly copulate the two species and produce Marlings.
    This will win an Oscar. Mark my words.
    Did you see the we-are-making-crop-circles song? It is so cute with all those jugnoos flying around! I have tears in my eyes.

    1. Rickie Khosla Post author

      Why just the crop-circles song, I assume there will be plenty in the film that will move you to tears. And I mean that it in a good way, obviously!
      Quite sure that Sonakshi is the Martian. I just confirmed that by googling an image of her dad.
      Since we both seem to be the earliest fans of this film, do you think the Producer will invite us on a trip to LA for the Oscar ceremony?? That’s not a lot to ask, is it?

  5. Rachna Parmar

    The review is bang on! I had similar feelings when I saw the trailor. Loved your digs :). For all you know, this movie will be a hit too. The audience can lap up just about anything.

    1. Rickie Khosla Post author

      Total mystery to me that I am not being invited to promote such incredible cinema. Can’t people see already what a good job I do writing reviews and other promotional material? Tut, tut, tut. Imbeciles!

      1. Santulan

        YOu should tell them that if they don’t invite you, you will not mention about their movies on your fb tl or blog. What good is a movie if Rickie doesn’t talk about it?


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