It is sad, really, to see Sunny Deol do the kind of work he is doing now. From a superstar who gave films like Dacait, Ghayal and Arjun, he is reduced to doing inane roles which try to cash in on his old image. When your films have to resort to borrowing lines form your own old hits, it should be a red flag to where your career is at the time. Shreyas Talpade has directed the official remake of Marathi film Poshter Boyz, which Shreyas had also produced. I haven’t seen the original film but Hindi remake is unable to shake off the regional sensibilities to appeal across the nation.
The first drawback is the premise itself. Three residents of a village, Jagaavar Chaudhry (Sunny Deol), a schoolteacher Vinay Sharma (Bobby Deol) and Arjun Singh (Shreyas Talpade) have a perfectly fine existence till they find themselves on a poster extolling the virtues of Vasectomy. Rather than a case of unauthorized use of image, the whole village shuns them as if they are perverts. Jagaavar’s sister’s engagement is broken off, Vinay’s wife wants a divorce and Arjun’s prospective in-laws refuse to let their daughter marry him. Only Arjun’s case, though stretched, can be considered plausible. However, none of these three events have any bearing on the story other than provide gags which are far from funny. The main story is a preachy commentary on the wrongs in the society, preference for boy child over girls, fighting wrongs in the system rather than giving up. But the approach to the issues is so trivial, the message loses all its meaning.
This is Shreyas Talpade directorial debut and the lack of experience shows in the treatment. It takes more than 30 minutes to establish the reason for their problem. The viewers will fast lose patience watching the three being excommunicated from the village without providing any reason. Also, there’s no clarity whether the film is a comedy, drama or even a film with social message. In true masala style, it is a strange mishmash of ideas that fail to come together in any sort of fusion. The background score too changes track dramatically. So in one scene, Jagaavar is pleading for saving his sister’s impending wedding, and in the next there’s some slapstick comedy scene. Viewer is expected to feel somber in one moment and laugh out loud the next.
The acting is loud and background score louder. Most actors are strangely off track and it takes a while to adjust to them. Shreyas perhaps is the only character who is spot on as far as performance is concerned. Sunny, or Bobby for that matter are definitely not made for comedy. It takes a certain kind of timing that cannot be shielded by making faces or resorting to dialogues from their old films. Among the ladies, Samiksha Bhatnagar as Vinay’s wife shows some promise.
I can understand the Deols’ efforts to stay relevant in the film trade. They already have a production company. There are multiple areas where people with their experience and wherewithal can be still be a force to reckon with. What I can’t understand is this dogged determination to stay in front of the camera. Even if that means an almost B-grade comedy film that fails to evoke a single laugh.
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Rating : 1/5
Starring:Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Shreyas Talpade, Samiksha Bhatnagar