DIRECTOR: David Dhawan

CAST: Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgan, Kangana Ranaut, Lisa Haydon and Arjun Rampal, Chunky Pandey

SYNOPSIS: Rascals is a comedy about two conmen (Sanjay Dutt & Ajay Devgan) competing and trying to out-scheme each other for money and their love for the same woman (Kangana Ranaut).

REVIEW: If in one word I had to describe this film, I would say its ‘Selfless’.

Believe it or not, this film left me teary eyed and shows a father’s selflessness for his own child. Yes people, David Dhawan is the father we all should look up too and here is the reason why.

One morning, Rohit Dhawan (David Dhawan’s Son) walked up to his dad and said, “ Daddy ji, I’m directing my debut film. It is called ‘Desi Boyz’ and I spelt ‘Boys’ as ‘Boyz’ coz it sounds soo cool. Dad, I want this movie to be totally Rad. Can you share some tips so that my film is not sad?“ 

David Dhawan promptly replied, “Oh my little Rascal, I shall make a film for you called ‘Rascals’. It will be inspired by my own older films, so as to satisfy my narcissistic needs. But son remember, this film will be sooo bad…it will guide you and tell you what not to do. At the end, if your film doesn’t look like Rascals, it will be totally Rad..” 

Bravo David sir, you are an inspiration to all the fathers in this world. You carelessly spent cores of rupees that belonged to Mr.Sanjay Dutt (also produced the film). You hired some more A-list actors and even went to a foreign location, just to make a messed up tribute film for your son Rohit. You didn’t care if people would question your own directorial skills after this film, you just wanted your son to know…if his film starts looking like ‘Rascals’, he should fix it immediately. There cant be a more heartfelt tribute from a father to a son.

Once in a while there comes a movie that leaves you speechless and ‘Rascals’ does exactly that, in an ironic way. It leaves you searching for words, the same way the audience searches for humor in this film. There is nothing radically new about rascals, not even the jokes. The second half does pick up a little but over all it’s a dud.

Generally directors pay tribute to other great directors by executing remakes of their classic films. But David Dhawan is a content man. He pays tribute to his own films like “Deewana Mastana” “Haseena Maan Jaayegi” “Mujhse Shaadi Karoge” “Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya” etc with his new film “Rascals”.

You easily find links in the storyline, characters, jokes, setups etc that will remind you of Mr. Dhawan’s older films. However his new film does not match up to his old glory and fails to amuse or engage.

I KNOW it was a ‘Bollywood Masala Formula Film’ and I am supposed to leave my brains behind. Trust me I did. But your emotional graph will be as follows – Silence….Silence…hmmm….humph!….small chuckle….and a long period of silence again…

The general feel of performances & storyline is loud and commotional.  

But what’s louder than 50 Nasik Dhols during Ganpati Visarjan is Kangana Ranut’s Acting !!! She is all over the place.   

Was she directed to do such hideous acting in Rascals? Coz she seemed pretty ok in ‘Tanu weds Manu’ and some of her older films.  

In this film she has got it all wrong, even her hair color. And her opening shot in a white bikini, surrounded by bodyguards, where she also speaks to the press in a hotel lobby…is completely unnecessary.  

Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgan play the characters of two lecherous con men called ‘Chetan’ & ‘Bhagat’ lusting after Kangana Ranut. While ‘Bhagat’ pretends to be blind to win the girl, ‘Chetan’ pretends to be a spiritual guide who promotes ‘the art of giving’.  

Both the actors of ‘Singham’ and ‘Munnabhai’ fame are made to do clichéd David Dhawan’s school of loud acting. They only manage to scoop out a few laughs. Ajay Devgan screams most of his dialogues and Sanju Baba is just a tad bit better than him. But over all, they look old and make naughty look sleazy. Even actors of their caliber cant lift the lifted scenes of this film.   

The ‘Chetan’ ‘Bhagat’ ‘Chetan’ ‘Bhagat’ joke is repeated constantly throughout the film. Clearly showing the lack of imagination from the dialogue writer Sanjay Chhel. And beautifully complimenting the amazing dialogues, is the Dyslexic screenplay of Yunus Sejawal. This screenplay was slow and often distracted.   

Both of them could have taken a cue form Chetan Bhagat’s writing and humor instead of taking a dig on him. Maybe then, we could have had something as alluring as his book ‘Two States’ instead of ‘Two ageing Rascals’ on screen. 

The music of this film was carefully selected from Vishal and Shekar’s stock songs composed 10-15 years ago. This was when they were experimenting with a new genre of music called ‘House’ and Daler Mehndi was still selling as hot cakes.

Music is as disappointing as the cinematography of Vikas Sivaraman in the film. Lacks depth and innovation. 

Other performances were as follows-  

Chunky Pandey– Loud, caricaturish and unfunny.

Arjun Rampal– Decent, for the 10 minutes he is seen in the film.

Hiten Paintel– Immaterial.

Satish Kaushik- hmmm…Alright.

Lisa Haydon– Merely present to show off her tantalizing body in skimpy outfits. She does a fair job at it. This will manage some whistles from single screens.

FYI In the film, regularly after a couple of boring scenes suddenly comes an unnecessary and almost nude Lisa Haydon or an almost flashing Kangna Ranaut (her silicon implants are in your face and so is her distasteful lingerie).  

Caution! This is literally a ‘booby trap’ by the director. He must have thought, the audience will subconsciously believe they are having fun and it will be a hit! Inception!”. You were so wrong Mr.Dhawan. 

But there is a way you can have fun in this movie. Take a friend along and play this game called “Which David Dhawan Film is this scene from?”  

Yes, and if you have seen at least 6 of his biggest hits, you should be able to guess 80% of the scenes.  

I’am a huge David Dhawan fan, but he seems to be on a downhill slide. His last 3 films ‘Rascals’ ’Do not Disturb’ and ‘Hook ya crook’ fail to live up to his reputation of laugh out loud scenes and the knack of creating involuntary humor.

He doesn’t seem to be the same guy who made hilarious films like ‘Deewana Mastana’ ‘Haseena Maan Jaayegi’ ‘Judwaa’ ‘Raja Babu’ etc. It’s sad to see such an uninhibited director aping the formula film trend and not reinventing himself.

Lets just hope this tribute film for his son ‘Rohit Dhawan’ does some wonders and ‘Desi Boyz’ is nothing like ‘Rascals’.

VERDICT: Don’t wait for the DVD. Wait for it to come on TV and don’t forget to keep switching channels.

Aditya Gupta

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  1. akash

    November 2, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    boring movie

  2. akash

    November 2, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    not fuuny

  3. siddhant

    November 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    if u want to stay alive and happy plz avoid this movie

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