Kismat

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At Beth Loves Bollywood, the Gutter’s own Beth reviews Manmohan Desai’s Kismat. “I’m on a mission to watch all of Manmohan Desai’s movies before the end of this academic semester, and unless one of the remainders* turns out to be absolute duds, Kismat is taking the prize for the worst of the 21 films he directed. It’s not even the worst Hindi film of 1968 that I’ve seen**, but even with a ramshackle, mostly uninteresting script, it is full of missed opportunities. This is the last of only three films Desai wrote for himself, but it’s a shock to see it right on the heels of Bluff Master, which I’d call basically flawless. His next film, Sachaa Jhutha, is his first with Prayag Raj, who is responsible for all but one of the rest of Desai’s films (and all of my favorites)***—and those that I think of as embodying his primary values (interests?) of entertainment, inclusivity, community, family bonds, and gentle populism.”

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