Movie Review: The Pink Panther 2 - Aishwarya, Retire Gracefully

March 02, 2009

For the Indian audience, this one did not work. Although touted as Aishwarya Rai’s big one from Hollywood, Pink Panther 2 (PP2) sank without a trace abroad. There was not even the slightest craze in India. Consider this: the press conference wore as deserted a look as the theatrical release.

Remember the lovable Peter Sellers with whom Pink Panther was almost synonymous? What Sellers did to construct a brand, Steve Martin sinks it all single-handedly. And he is ably supported by the supporting cast.

PP2 is a sequel to The Pink Panther (2006). Inspector Clouseau (Steve Martin) must team up with international detectives to catch a burglar The Tornado. At stake is Pope’s ring and of course the Pink Panther diamond. It is a foregone conclusion Clouseau will end up catching the burglar along with his bumbling act.

With an impressive star cast of Andy Garcia, Alfred Molina, Lily Tomlin, Jeremy Irons and Aish, it should have been a run-away comedy hit. Alas it is far far away from being one.

With a wafer thin storyline and equally insipid performances, we eagerly waited for it to come to an end soon. We were not lucky. We had to suffer it.

Aish has earlier done a reel Khakee and a real-life Salman Khan act. She reprises this theme in Pink Panther 2. It is a repeat of double-crossing and betrayal. 

One can’t say that her role is miss-and-blink but the role by itself is nothing much. She is the PETTY THIEF! She is trying hard to carry off a convincing ‘accent’ and admiring herself. One wonders where is the time for acting when she is so busy otherwise.

Prior to the movie, she was giving high-profile interviews about PP2 and her role. When the cat was out of the bag, she said it is not about the role but being able to work with Martin. Consider this. The producers didn’t even consider her good enough for the posters. She was missing from them. They didn’t call her for the promotional tours too as “her appeal is limited to South Asia.”

At 35+ and looking plump, Bollywood offers have dried up for her. And if PP2 is her ‘big’ Hollywood release, what can one do except pity her.

Bollywood centers on nubile nymphets (we now have Hansika Motwani, 16) and gorgeous fresh looks. And if one knows acting, that is just icing on the cake. Where is Aish on these three vital scores? She may not benefit from Hollywood but the future Indian actresses definitely will as there is increased awareness about them. One can thank Aish for that.

After acting with Amitabh as his sister in Hum Kisise Kam Nahin and now opposite fatherly Rajnikant, she can only go higher (next maybe gramps Dilip Kumar).

With her ad campaigns being bagged by younger Katrina Kaif and roles collectively going to Kareena, Katrian, Priyanka and Deepika, where does Aish find herself? Is giggling acting? Is remaining in news by criticising Slumdog Millionaire enough?

There is a shelf life for all heroes and heroines. Kajol, Karisma, and Ravina are fine examples of being fine actresses and good home-makers. Kajol is still in demand.

After PP2, a word of advice to Aish: Retire gracefully.

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Movie Review: The Pink Panther 2 - Aishwarya, Retire Gracefully


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March 2, 2009
12:30 PM

Are you sane? Who writes such sexist nonsense? Actresses who are 30+ should retire but actors can continue to work and romance girls 20-30 years younger. Bullcrap. In HW all the top actresses are late 30s to 50s and going strong.

Not to mention all your facts are incorrect. Aishwarya was on posters and billboards for PP2 in my movie theatre here in the states.

No work in BW? She has films lined up with Mani Ratnam, Shankar, Sanjay Leela Bensali, Rituparno Ghosh, Vishal Bharadwaj, etc. Recently, Aishwarya was given the V. Shantaram award from the Directors' Guild for Best Actress for Gowariker's Jodhaa Akbar. Yep, sounds like she is really suffering. LOL

Plus Aishwarya never criticized Slumdogs as she said in a recent interview since she has not seen it. She has been filming in the jungles of Kerala for the past few months for Mani. She congratulated Boyle and all the Indian talent involved.

Do you just pull these 'facts' out for ass? Who are you and why are you allowed to write useless review (more like personal attacks) on this forum? I thought this forum was for intelligent reviews and discussions.

March 2, 2009
12:44 PM

By the way, Pink Panther 2 is doing well in India:

Aishwarya Rai's latest movie, Pink Panther 2, received average ratings, despite which the film witnessed 75 to 80 per cent of collection over the weekend. "She was certainly an added connection for Indian audiences. It has fared 80 per cent on the weekends," says Munish Sharma of Satyam Cineplex.

March 2, 2009
02:11 PM

LOL what a funny and true article on ash. Good job.

March 2, 2009
02:31 PM

Remember the lovable Peter Sellers with whom Pink Panther was almost synonymous?

this needs retraction



With a wafer thin storyline and equally insipid performances, we eagerly waited for it to come to an end soon. We were not lucky. We had to suffer it.

hmmmm...why?...unless one is crazy-glued...walking out, switching off, changing channels are always worthwhile options


Aish has earlier done a reel Khakee and a real-life Salman Khan act. She reprises this theme in Pink Panther 2. It is a repeat of double-crossing and betrayal.

this is hitting below the sari-line...

what does this have to do with the said movie, the said 'review' or the said actress?


After PP2, a word of advice to Aish: Retire gracefully.


just off the top hema, waheeda, sridevi etc perhaps were spared this advice?

March 2, 2009
03:53 PM

I guess this writer has an agenda. In case "Bubbly" missed it Ash is in very high demand in Bollywood. Mani Ratnam, Shankar, Bhansali, Bwardjadi.
It's a same India has such camps and biases.

Deepak Iyer
March 2, 2009
05:02 PM

I would be the last person on earth to call myself a fan of Aishwarya Rai, but I'd still say the article was very harsh !

Aditi N
March 2, 2009
05:54 PM

Harsh is an understatement. It is sexist, crude and definitely NOT a review of Pink Panther-2. How does "fine actresses and good homemakers" even figure into a film review?

Not to mention if Aishwary Rai is described as "plump" god help the rest of us!

Bubbly, after reading your "words of advice" to Ms Rai my humble advice to you would be to go through some good movie reviews in order to get a better idea of what film criticism/ critique should comprise.

March 2, 2009
06:55 PM

I am always up for a nice rant, but this "review" is not even a good one (rant)... come on bubbly, if you're gonna take a swing at someone at least make it for a good reason.

(shakes head and walks away)

March 2, 2009
07:25 PM

The comments defy facts . . ASH is 30+ but gets lot of offers. She is married but defies logic by getting offers unlike may other heriones above thirty or married ladies. I will not name any such herione who got no offers after 30 or marriage. The path shown by Ash to Hollywood can and will be used by other actresses. The present top heriones will not last if they loose their men in their lives which gives them ample publicity as against good screen performances. Ash deserves beter comment and reviews than this at any rate. Flops and contrversies are part of filmstars lives, but Ash has been good and is a role model to many.

March 2, 2009
11:03 PM

I think the reviewer is just dumb and stupid and doesn't even have enough knowledge. She was invited to world tour for the movie and she went on the tour too. She has been in the posters with Steve Martin and others and special posters of her alone with Pink Panther bunny has been made for promotion. The review is rather a personal hatred of the review towards her and nothing else. She did a fine job and she just did what her role needed and it was to "look "glamorous" that's it. Stupid people!

March 2, 2009
11:27 PM

Nonsense review.I agree with Lee and others.
Ash was in the posters,went for promotional tours from LA to Berlin to Spain to Paris.

As for Bollywood offers,she is getting all the big movies. Plus,Will Smith himself admitted that he had approached Ash for Hitch,Hancock,and Seven Pounds.

Bubbly is just jealous or probably a friend of Kareena or other Bollywood wannabes.

March 3, 2009
12:14 AM

truly horrible.. just know about aish...
she is the icon of indian cinema..the global face of indian cinema..she is the most hollywood bankable star in india according to new forbes list...ahead of all khans in bollywood.....

March 3, 2009
01:38 AM

Silly article full of personal reasons and envy.

March 3, 2009
02:52 PM

She turned down Hitch, Hancock and 7 Pounds ? Talk about smart moves ! How could she turn down Will Smith -- he is solid gold at the box-office!

Looks like the author brought his/her personal baggage -- ie personal dislike for Aish to the review that had to be fair. While I do believe Aish is far from over, I do hope her khandaan (Amar Singh in tow !) at the red-carpets will end soon. Ditto for her insipid (being good to her here) rounds at the talk show circuit that are irritating and put-on. She should take a leaf out of Freida Pinto's book ...

St George
March 11, 2009
09:40 PM

As one of many Americans who now sit up and take notice of films from India because of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, I am astonished at how much hate and envy this one woman stirs up in writers and bloggers such as this one. Amazing. She must really get under the skin. Ms Bachchan will continue to grow in global popularity and respect, and even in history, long after movie reviewers like this one pass away

March 12, 2009
03:37 PM

envy??! aishwarya rai looks like the product of an overzealous computer graphics software.

March 12, 2009
04:21 PM


And the software did a lousy job on her nose. Now what kind of nose graphics is that? Nowhere as cute as Freida's. And why no protruding nose bridge like Freida? WTF. What good is long nose without over extended nose bridge? How did they miss that? People say Freida has the smallest nose yet she can insert both middle fingers at a time deep inside her nose all the way to reach her throat and rotate them both ways to make a clean sweep of her cute button nose. Empty nose is a beautiful nose. How the hell Aish can keep that good for nothing long nose empty if she can't put even her index finger inside? Reverse blow it and than does she swallow it or spit it out? Yuk. Not a good thing. Sorry. No Oscar red carpet for her. They like their nose clean, even if they have to blow it right over your dinner plate.

March 12, 2009
04:38 PM

And one more thing. Oscar people know why they roll the angry red carpet, not the envy green one. They know Indians are coming. With Bachchan's Banarasi Paan, and Gutka and...Haaaak Thooooo. Khaike Paan....

March 12, 2009
09:41 PM

aishwarya they say, super-CG (computer graphics)

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