All of us who have seen filmmaker Umesh Shukla's 'OMG- Oh My God' were speculating that the filmmaker would come up with something different in his latest venture 'All Is Well'. Well, our speculations proved to be right as Umesh Shukla does not let us down with his latest film. The film just like any of us would have guessed to be an utterly brainless comic caper, is not actually a comedy film but it is a dramedy with a pretty much good concept and storyline.
'All Is Well' is a story of the Bhalla family, Bhajanlal Bhalla (Rishi Kapoor), Parminder Bhalla (Supriya Pathak) and their son Indar Bhalla (Abshishek Bachchan). Bhajanlal Bhalla (Rishi) runs a bakery which unfortunately is not doing very well. His son Indar Bhalla (Abhishek) unlike his father's expectations from him to carry on his bakery business with him, aspires to become a singer and is not at all interested in his father's bakery business. This audacity shown by his son doesn't go down well with Bhajanlal and one day in the heat of an argument, Bhajanlal throws Indar out of the house. The other side of the story shows how the relationship between husband and wife, Bhajanlal and Parminder tourns sour day by day as the couple are not at all in good terms with each other and are constantly and relentlessly indulging in verbal spats every single day. This ugly side of his parent's relationship ultimately develops a bitter disliking in their son Indar, for the institution of marriage and although deep inside his heart, Indar is in love with Nimmy (Asin) he intentionally prevents himself from getting married to Nimmy as he has now developed the mindset that just like his parents' relationship after marriage turned out be ugly, his relationship with Nimmy after marriage too will follow suit. How Indar who is now not on good terms with his father Bhajanlal, eventually makes up with him and how Indar's relationship with Nimmy finally blossoms forms the reminder of the story.
Coming to terms with the acting part, the three lead actors, Rishi Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan and Asin manage to perform pretty well. Abhishek and Asin's chemistry onscreen somehow tends to click as both of them play the characters given to them by the director pretty much nicely and manage to do justice to their roles. Rishi Kapoor, being the veteran that he is, is a complete natural onscreen in this one. Being a Punjabi in real life proved to be advantageous to the actor as he dishes out his lines in Punjabi with flair. Supriya Pathak does not have too much to do in the film, as she rarely has any dialougues. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub is a surprise package in the film and he manages to carry out his character given to him with pretty much finesse and also tickles your funny bone here and there. The rest of the supporting cast are okay.
Cinematography handled by Sameer Arya is decent. Editing by Sanjay Sankla also is good as the film does not bore you neither does it become too stretchy. Talking about the music in the film, out of the five songs, two of them manage to stand out. One being the item number 'Nachan Farrate' which features Sonakshi Sinha grooving to some pretty catchy beats and the other one being the soulful 'Baaton Ko Teri' which is very pleasing to the ears and is also quite hummable.
All in all, 'All Is Well' fortunately is not a brainless comic caper but is a dramedy which is well worth your time and money. We are going for a two and a half stars for this one. Go, watch the film if you are dying to see Abhishek Bachchan on the silver screen after a long time and if you are looking for a drama with a tinge of comedy and atleast some brains in it.