Vasectomy, which is one of the most effective methods of controlling the population growth, is an extremely sensitive and taboo topic in India. Alas, the men who undergo a vasectomy are often labeled impotent (which is a cuss word for male chauvinists). At the same time, females are encouraged to undergo tubectomies even after knowing the side effects. Gentlemen, what if one day while walking down the street, you came across a poster about vasectomy with you as the ambassador?
Jagan Deshmukh (Dilip Prabhawalkar), Kulkarni (Hrishikesh Joshi) and Arjun (Aniket Vishwasrao) are humble men living in rural Maharashtra, who are busy with their respective lives. Their life comes to a standstill when they find their photos on a vasectomy advertisement put up by the health ministry. Ridiculed by their respective families and villagers for undergoing this surgery (which they haven’t), they set out to investigate how their photos ended up in the advertisement without their consent. What follows is a series of funny and crazy situations!
What exactly makes a good satire? A good subject, which is dealt with in a way that entertains the audience, while delivering a strong message about the topic it’s dealing with. Sameer Patil’s Poshter Boyz delivers the message that it wants to, but gets off-track when it tries to make people laugh. Patil manages to keep the audience engaged in the film with comic relief, but he concentrates more on the comical aspect than the serious one (which is equally important in a satire). The dialogues, written by Patil, are funny and humorous. However, the story lacks a good and smooth screenplay. It is based on a true incident that took place somewhere in Maharashtra and caught Patil’s attention for being a great subject to be made into a film.
Coming to the cast, each and every actor has done an amazing job. Prabhavalkar as the septuagenarian Jagan Deshmukh (AKA Aaba) has yet again proven that he has the ability to portray almost any character with the same confidence. Hrishikesh Joshi is at his best as the humble school teacher who keeps the audience in splits with his hilarious one-liners and antics. Aniket Vishwasrao has also been successful in portraying a young village vagabond. He has clearly worked on his dialect and body language to fit into the character. His love interest, played by Pooja Sawant, looks beautiful but doesn’t have much to do in the film.
There are a number of negative aspects in the film, which I would like to mention. Just two minutes into the film, and you have a song set in the village. This is followed by a full-fledged advertisement promoting the use of “Birla Wallcare Putty”, which could be avoided and is less than ideal in movies. Third, you have the climax sequence lifted straight from Vikas Bahl’s Chillar Party (plagiarism alert!). The film’s music, composed by Leslie Lewis, is unimpressive and stale. Poshter Boyz also features cameos by many people; including Farah Khan, Rohit Shetty (twice, where he actually says a dialogue from Chennai Express), Sachin and Supriya Pilgaonkar, Shreyas Talpade (also the producer) and Anu Malik (Yes, you heard it right!).
On a serious note, the movie had all the elements to be a good movie that were not handled properly, resulting in a mediocre film.
Why should one watch this film?
Watch it for the funny scenes that have been beautifully enacted by Joshi, Prabhawalkar and Vishwasrao. The film showcases male chauvinism in Indian society, which needs to end for us to have a healthier society.
By Yojet Sharma and Ajinkya Prabhu