Staggering is the first word that comes to mind while describing Dostana. Karan Johar’s latest venture, directed by debutant, Tarun Mansukhani, is a trend setter in Bollywood. It breaks all the rules that our industry follows and gives you a fully blown entertainer. Dostana is also special because it shows that a film doesn’t have to be brainless in order to become funny.
Jokes are hilarious, coupled with witty one liners, like “Mujhe mila only shuk but no f*ck”.
Add to that superb performances by everyone in the film. Dostana is meant for our Youngistan and by the response from the crowd, they loved it.
It’s very hard to find film like Dostana these days. It is easily one of the best films to come out this year. Dostana scores in every department, be it the cinematography, direction, music or the performances, it has everything.
One more refreshing change is that Dostana treats guys like sex objects instead of girls. Body of John Abraham is fully exploited and I’m pretty sure girls loved it after listening to the claps and whistles during the movie.
Now, let’s come to the subject of the movie, which is very unusual for Bollywood and that is “Love between two guys”, or do we call them gays? Dostana treats the subject very lightly and doesn’t offer any moral values in the movie and that’s a pretty impressive move by the director. Moreover, it doesn’t offend gays and is not like those movies in which gays are portrayed as a disease to our society.
When it comes to performances, Abhishek Bachchan steals the whole show. After a disappointing Drona, Abhi is back on track and that too with a bang. It’s one of his best performances of his career, only after Guru and moreover, it can be a turning point in his career. His comic timing is perfect and it rubbishes the arguments in which people say that he has only one expression on his face.
John Abraham, who came after a year, is fabulous, too. This role clearly shows how good an actor he is. Add to that his marvelous physique which any boy will crave for, Dostana is big hit for John.
His chemistry with Abhishek was superb and that was really crucial because they were the protagonists of the film and with the gay angle, chemistry was the main thing.
Priyanka Chopra looks mind-blowing in the movie. If you thought Fashion was her best thing, think again! Priyanka takes it to whole next level both with her looks and performance. And how can we forget the scene in which she wears Golden swimsuit? I mean, you’ve to see the reaction of boys. Even girls were whistling and that’s the magic of Priyanka.
Kirron Kher, who plays the mom of Abhishek, is too good. Even with her short role, she makes an impact on you. Too bad her role is very small. And how can we forget Boman Irani? His role as a gay chief editor of a magazine is well written. Do watch out for the scene in which Kirron Kher catches his son, Abhishek, dancing with Boman Irani. A pure LOL.
And the last man, Bobby Deol, is surprisingly in good form. I heard many reviewers saying that he has a guest role which I don’t agree with. He plays an important role in the development of the story and has a big role.
Music of the film is top class. Maa Da Laadla is the best song in the movie. One better thing about the movie is that most of the songs are used as background scores just like in Hollywood movies and thus, they don’t seem to be forced. Locations are superb (seriously, I’m running out of adjectives).
Director of the movie, Tarun Mansukhani, has a lot of potential and the one to watch out for after Neeraj Pandey, who directed “A Wednesday.”
One thing which doesn’t work for the movie is the inconsistency of the pace of the movie, particularly involving the love angles of John, Priyanka, and Abhishek. I think editor should be blamed for this, because 15 minutes from the film could have been easily cut out.
Verdict – Dostana is an entertainer which you can’t afford to miss. It’s a must watch for everyone, especially for the teenagers. If you’re fed-up of brainless comedies then this movie is a treat for you. These 2 hours and 15 minutes are the ones which you’ll cherish even after weeks watching the film. As we say in our Bollywood style, “Dostana is a Full Paisa Vasool film.” Highly recommended!