‘Aiyyaa’ is a desi film at heart. Also, quirky and funny! But the humour is more of the Hrishikesh Mukherjee/Basu Chatterjee variety. What makes this film stand apart is that it does away with the crutches of big stars [except Rani], forced humour, unnecessary songs, international locales or grandiose sets. Its strength lies in its cohesive script and able performances. Although the plot is innovative, but skeletal, what keeps the film going is Sachin Kundalkar's ability to stumble upon humour in the most ordinary situations. In fact, a number of sequences merit a mention here, but that would ruin the fun. Again, this is one of those rare movies where every actor, big or small, sparkles in their respective part. On the flipside, it takes time to get the hang of things. Also, the first half seems stretched, with a few unnecessary sequences adding to the run time. But the second hour more than compensates for the deficiencies. At the end, it’s a letdown! You can give it a miss!

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