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The adventures of a Magical Car is a concept well-known in the film industry since Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in late 1960s followed by the very popular Herbie series which inspired a sole Indian film, Taarzan, The Wonder Car.  Falling in the same category is Savin Tuscano’s Vroom.  Paintlal is working on a secret Artificial Intelligence Chip which an evil goon, Mr X wishes to acquire. The latter sends his henchmen to steal the chip, but Paintal manages to escape with it and puts it in a car parked in a garage.

This car, with a mind of its own, is purchased by a family who are unaware of its powers. Gaurav Bajaj, one of the family members, simply adores the car and nicknames it Smarty. Later, he is the only one who gets to know about its superpowers. What follows is an attempt at creating a series of fun filled events with Smarty as the star attraction.

Ten minutes into the movie and one can pen down the entire plot. The concept is mundane with pieces picked up from here and there. Apart from the weak storyline, the acting also takes the movie one step down. Gaurav Bajaj is expressionless with mediocre dancing skills. Nina Sarkar fails to deliver her lines well. The same goes for Delna Mody and Naveen Prabhakar, the latter going a little overboard with his comic lines. Veterans Daisy Irani and Paintlal hold their own.

While the comical tunes as the background score work well for the movie, the songs are a letdown. The cinematography is run of the mill; in the first half, a car speeding shot has been repeated in order to extend the scene. Choreography is uninspiring. Another department that disappoints is costumes.

The film could have worked with  kids had it been made with more imagination; after all kids today are privy to a lot more on TV channels.

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