Review: Whether this comedy creates a dhamaal at the box office is yet to be seen but it definitely succeeds in being a clean family entertainer, plastering a smile on your face. Yes, sometimes all you need is slapstick humour and a no-brainer but while this masala flick has all these ingredients, Priyadarshanjee mistakenly thinks he’s living in the 1990’s.
There’s a love story with the obvious obstacles being both the lovebirds’ families; a good-for-nothing fella who perennially buys lottery tickets in the hope of becoming a crorepati and even a long lost son whose the mother keenly longs to see.
The film essentially revolves around two arch rivals, namely David (Om Puri) and Peter (Paresh Rawal). Johnny (Shreyas Talapade), David’s son is in love with Maria (Madhurima) but Peter is determined to not let Johnny and Maria get together. Then things begin to change after Sam’s (Nana Patekar) appearance and that’s when the fun begins. For the next 30 minutes or so, you find yourself becoming a child, not caring how silly the humour is and letting it entertain you and more importantly, de-stress you. Isn’t that cinema is all about? (Smiles)
Unfortunately, the second half is nothing different from any other ridiculous cliché film, done to death and predictable. The film’s soundtrack is not too great either but the sound of a bell ringing time and again in the background score definitely stands out. One of the film’s strengths is that it doesn’t leave the viewer confused despite it’s sub-plots and ensemble cast.
While the film’s plot has been borrowed from movies of the yesteryears, it’s cast and witty dialogues go a long way in saving the film. When David threatens his son, Johnny, that he’ll jump into a well, he retorts back, "Arrey kuhe mein koi chhaata leke jaata hai kya?” (Yup, there are a lot of stories associated to this particular well which I shall not spoil for you.)
Evidently Nana Patekar, Om Puri and Paresh Rawal make a mark but there’s nothing new about the characters they’re essaying. Nana Patekar has always played the silent angry dark hero in his films but this one essays him as a glutton who opens his trap only to ask for food. So much so that even during action sequences he downs bananas to gear himself to bash up his next victim!
His character definitely adds some mystery to this comedy and he’s got bagged some of the best scenes in the film. There’s something highly magnetic about his character that holds your attention each time he opens his mouth. In fact, he hardly has any dialogues in comparison to the rest of the cast that makes you wonder if he’s mute!
Om Puri essays an angry frazzled middle-aged man for the nth time but (we’d surely like to see him in other roles)! Sadly, even Madhurima’s character is hideously over-dramatic when she squeals and blushes (and that’s all she does)! From the film’s supporting cast Neeraj Vora as Mr. Pinto, the Mortician, is hilarious and endearing as he eagerly waits for deaths to take place in this sleepy town plagued by unemployment.
Needless to say it’s worth a watch, so what if a renowned director is loosing his magical touch, his films yet don’t fail to make you laugh.
Verdict: The film is more promising than `Malamaal Weekly` but loses out due to it’s stereotypical second half.
Cast: Nana Patekar, Shreyas Talpade, Paresh Rawal, Rajpal Yadav, Om Puri, Asrani, Shakti Kapoor, Madhhurima, Neeraj Vora, Razak Khan,
Writer: Neeraj Vora
Music: Sajid vora
Length: 2 hours 30 minutes