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All is Well: A road movie that leads to nowhere

A still from 'All is Well'.  

From the makers of OMG: Oh My God! comes All is Well — a film so bad that you’re likely to keep repeating OMG as you try to sit through this ordeal. All is Well opens with Inder Bhalla (Abhishek Bachchan as solo lead after a really long time) strumming his guitar to a Hindi song in Bangkok. He’s a struggling musician there (probably because he’s singing Hindi songs in Thailand) and we’re told that his daddy issues have caused the ‘ dard’ in his ‘ sur’.

Inder’s voice is great, but as a music producer asks him, who cares for a great voice in the age of singers like Honey Singh? The said producer offers to promote Inder’s songs through his label if he is willing to make a hefty payment in advance. But where will poor Inder go for money, especially when his only audience is the Indian diaspora of Thailand?

Naturally, like in every bad film ever made, the very next scene presents an opportunity for him to make this money. He gets a phone call from a lawyer in India who tells him that he is to get a share of the proceeds from the sale of his father’s bakery. The selfless man that Inder is, he takes the next flight back to India (with Asin, perpetually holding onto a copy of The Secret by Rhonda Byrne), despite not having spoken to his parents for a decade.

It is in India that he is told that his father Bhalla (Rishi Kapoor) owes Cheema (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub), a loan shark, a large sum of money, and that he was called to co-sign and arrange the sale of the bakery as compensation for the debt. It is also in India that he learns that his mother suffers from Alzheimer’s (luckily for her, she won’t remember being part of the story). What ensues is a road movie as the loan shark and his cronies chase him around in a red convertible.

Somewhere during this ridiculous journey around North India, we remember again the greatness of Piku which too dealt with a similar story — about a youngster quashing her ego while trying to understand an ageing parent. You could make an argument for how All is Well is a a contemporary take on Shravan Kumar, the mythological character who carries his parents on his shoulder when they tell him of their desire to go on a pilgrimage. There’s even a scene in which Abhishek Bachchan carries an injured Rishi Kapoor on his shoulders. But the problem with the film isn’t really its idea. It’s the shoddy execution. Come to think of it, even OMG: Oh My God!, despite a great plot, was rather poorly executed. Remember its tacky production values and that god-awful VFX bike introduction scene of Akshay Kumar? This film, however, has not even one inspired moment; it is a non-starter from scene one and adds to the ever-growing list of Abhishek Bachchan films that leave you walking out disappointed. All is Well is the kind of film you want to show to that relative who assumes it’s easy to watch movies for a living.

All is Well

Genre: Comedy

Director: Umesh Shukla

Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Asin

Storyline: A struggling musician wants to sell his father’s bakery to further his career

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