The Best among All comedies in recent times
Rohit Shetty is back with lots of confusion, hilarious gags, witty and well thought lines – all in one package. It’s firecrackers time, a true Diwali release…
Veer (Fardeen) and Prem (Ajay) are best of buddies and music band companions in Goa. Veer survives on the hefty one lakh rupees pocket money sent to him by his caring businessman big brother Dharam (Sanjay Dutt, known to be ruthless to anybody who ditches him). To get the regular hefty sum Veer has lied to Dharam that he is married to Vidya (Mugdha, who actually is his girlfriend and a failed vaastu-shastri). Dharam sends the money every month through his aid Chautala (Mukesh Tiwari), who in turn is smitten by the house maid Mary (Ashwini Kalsekar, with a thick Malayali accent). Prem, on the other hand, is upset with his late father to have christened him with this name, without thinking of their surname “Chopra”. All Prem has got for living is an old ancestral gym with outdated second hand equipments creating lot of hazards for the members, still his wife Janhvi (Bipasha) manages to keep it running. Veer keeps helping the couple with his pocket money. Prem and Veer loose 5 lakhs in a car race they participated in a formula one car assembled by Prem, and the money they lost was loaned to them by a Don Tobu (Johny Lever).
They try all the tricks to pay back the money, but don’t succeed. To add to the misery, Dharam turns up in Goa unannounced and assumes Janhvi as Vidya. A baffled Prem, helpless Veer, suspicious Dharam, anxious “slumdog millionaire” tenant RGV (Sanjay Mishra), his lorry driver Dhondu (Atul Parchure), an angry Tobu and his mouth-piece Goli (Vijay Patkar), confused Mary and Vidya’s psycho father (Asrani) all bump into each other and every encounter creates more confusion and laughter…
Long after his maiden comedy “Golmaal-Fun Unlimited”, Rohit Shetty is in super form. Based on an excellent script by Robin Bhatt and Yunus Sejawal, he has successfully managed to assemble an assorted platter of characters, and giving all of them a decent amount of screen time to perform. After the first ten “slow” minutes, it catches the speed right till the end credits roll, probably with some bumpy speed-breakers of a couple of songs and action scenes. Editing is good and you can easily sail through over two hours of run time. Cinematography is pleasant.
The main strength of the film, apart from acting, is the unusually funny situations and interesting and witty lines by Bunty-Sajid. Be it the new meanings of MBA and PHD, or references to Priyanka Chopra and Ramgopal Varma, or the sequences – car racing, when Prem is trying to sneak in Janhvi’s bedroom and Dharam is keeping an eye on him, Prem’s sleepwalk, Prem coming in between Dharam and Janhvi whenever Dharam is getting cosy with her, Goli going deaf and Toby regaining his voice after getting hit by Dharam, RGV’s Pran act and “Just Chill”, and to top all “Document download tum karo, aur hang sum sab ho jaayen!!”. Lots of places humor is double-meaning but without any degree of non-vegetarianism, which is strength of the script.
Performances: Ajay Devgan is the pivot of the film. The most versatile actor emerging in the past two decades, he plays with his part to perfection. His expressions and dialogue delivery in the comic and those couple of serious moments are very good. He deserves best comic role award for his performance. Sanjay Dutt looks refreshing and delivers his finest performance after LRMB and “Dhamaal”. Fardeen Khan is alright; mostly replaying is part of “No Entry”. Bipasha is sizzling hot and she along with Mugdha add to the glam quotient. Mugdha looked rather raw for her part. Sanjay Mishra and Johny Lever are hilarious. Ashwini Kalsekar, Vijay Patkar, Atul Parchure, Asrani and Mukesh Tiwari shine in their respective roles with commendable performances.
Music: It’s usual Pritam’s style of rock and racy music. Title song, “Dil Kare” and “Kyon” stand out, but mostly on-screen.