A Bumpy Ride
More than a decade ago, there was a Zee TV series “Ye Shaadi Nahin Ho Sakti” directed by Satish Kaushik featuring Sudhir Pandey and Aditya Srivastava among many other good actors, which revolved around the filmmaker trying to “make” a super-flop film to evade tax liabilities; and in doing that he ensembles the worst possible cast and crew to make the film, which on the contrary becomes a super-hit. That serial and DRJ have the same plotline borrowed from the same foreign source.
Anand (Kunal Khemu) is a CA, struggling between jobs because he does not want to compromise his principles. He likes his neighbor Neha, a struggling theatre actress, but they are not able to settle because of his non-steady financial status. Raj Chopra (Paresh Rawal) is a “one-time-big” film-maker, who is now surviving by conning people. He is under threat by his lenders to make a biggie with superstar Aryan Kapoor (Sonu Sood) and payback their money with its returns. Problem is that Raj does not have any finances, nor is Aryan interested in his film. Anand and Raj rub shoulders on the wrong side and harm each other; but later Anand gives a proposition of making fast bucks to Raj. He hatches a plan for Raj to announce a multi-film deal with Asian biggies, get 21 disjoint financers and take 5 crores each from them, then make a film (costing just 5 crores) ensuring that it flops at the box office. This will cause no returns to the 21 financers, and the duo can pocket 100 crores taken from them and never spent.
Raj and Anand get Aryan agree to work on this. They get together the worst possible cast/crew including Neha as the heroine, a dabba writer Parvez Asharraf (Johnny Lever) to pen the script as well as the main villain Rubber Singh, flop music directors Karan-Arjun, and directors Mamaji (Dilip Joshi) and D Subhash. All this for a never before amalgamation of Sholay, DDLJ, Gadar and Lagaan (aptly named as “Solay Se L’Gaan Tak”) under the newly formed Char-su-bishi Films Pvt Ltd. A crazy shooting schedule and the outcome after its release is what follows…
Director Umesh Shukla played the villain in Mithun starrer “Yaar Gaddar” in the 90’s. After putting his hands in few scriptwriting (a Mallika Sherawat specialist), he has come up with this clean comedy under the UTV banner. Though his debut venture, he is successful in creating quite a few sequences which are super funny, and also taken good performances from the character actors. The sequences – Neha’s rehearsal scene with Mamaji, Raj’s script narration to Aryan, assembly of the Japanese heavyweights, Asharraf and his wife’s introduction scenes, finalization of music directors, duplicates of Aryan and the parody of the hit original scenes are well executed. However, the emotional and romantic scenes are not well handled and look forced.
Performances: Paresh Rawal is excellent. Sonu Sood does a commendable job as a harassed star desperately needing a hit (Thanks to Zayed Khan who left this role). Johnny Lever and Dilip Joshi are hilarious whenever they come on screen. Soha is average. Kunal is the weak link. Asrani, Hrishita Bhatt and Deepal Shaw don’t get much scope.
Music: Sajid-Wajid just pass the muster with their composition. None of the songs really make any impact.