In this respect, Action Replayy is a blatant steal from the plot of Back to the Future (1985). Both films feature a guy travelling back through time where he endeavours to get his nerdy father together with his mother so that he can be born. In both films, there is a bully who takes delight in humiliating the father although here the bully also becomes a romantic rival for the mothers affections. Where Back to the Future was more about Michael J. Fox getting his parents to loosen up and become more hip, Action Replayy is more traditional minded and is about Aditya Roy Kapur setting out to prevent his parents from divorcing. As science-fiction, Action Replayy is negligible. The film has no interest in the science-fiction elements of the story any complications over the time travel process are brushed over as quickly as possible. There also seems no culture shock element when Aditya Roy Kapur travels back to 1975. Maybe it is my lack of detailed familiarity with Indian/Mumbai culture but the clothing styles seem the same in both eras and apart from a couple of throwaway lines about the city being renamed from Bombay and Coca-Cola being banned in a couple of years, the film could otherwise be taking place in the present-day.
Most of the films considerable running time (128 minutes) gets sidetracked by lame comedy routines Rannvijay Singh Singha and Rajpal Yadav throwing water balloons at Akshay Kumar; an agonising sequence with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan playing a prank phone-call on Akshay Kumar. These gags go on and on and drag the films pace out. Most of the film is centred around a series of gags with Aditya Roy Kapur trying to prep the unbelievably nerdy Akshay Kumar to propose to Aishwarya Rai. The peculiarly Bollywood nature of the production leads to some bizarre plotting contrivations here like the method of deciding who wins Aishwarya Rais hand being a singing competition held between the two men where they must demonstrate their ability to sing in either two or four voices (I am not exactly sure what the subtitling means here at one point, singing in two voices seems to mean that a man can sing in both a male and female voice, so one is baffled what singing in four voices means).
The one thing always guaranteed with a Bollywood film is their song and dance numbers. Bollywood has continued to churn musicals out when the Hollywood fad for these has long since died away. Action Replayys forte is certainly its musical numbers, which are extremely lively. There is a madcap disco sequence that gets played twice throughout that takes place in a dancefloor lit in a blinding array of strobe lights as Elvis lookalikes strut about, while the usual lilting Indian score has been combined with a frenetic dancebeat, a bewildering mixture of Hinglish lyrics including a chorus-line about all my ladies and my mans and much singing about marital strife and how they would like to kill the person who came up with the notion of marriage (see the You Tube clip below if interested). There is also a dance sequence in a fairground that proves amazingly vibrant with the dancers arrayed in every colour imaginable. The climactic romantic conciliation between Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai borrows a leaf from The Sound of Music (1965) and has the two dancing across mountainsides and through rivers as she undergoes a costume change every few seconds, eventually it would appear managing to cycle through every colour of the rainbow.
Song Zor Ka Jhatka here:-