Director-duo Raj & DK have given some humorous films like 99, Shor In The City, Go Goa Gone and also a heart-warming love story film Happy Ending. They are back with an action comedy, out-an-out typical Bollywood entertainer. The director-duo are known for their quirky characters, intriguing narrative and humor, here they combine every genre making it quite an enjoyable ride. But the film has its own negative perks of its own and lacks the punch.
Gaurav (Sidharth Malhotra) is living the sophisticated American dream, also dreams of settling with Kavya (Jacqueline Fernandez) who prefers a risky person than ‘safe’ Gaurav. One fine day, everything stands still when a mistaken-identity rocks his happy life. The narrative travels very interesting with the two identities running parallel, the expected great illusion (let’s keep it as a secret, okay?) created in the first half is bang on. Ofcourse, no sensibility or logic is found throughout and the film itself takes a gentle way. Though the Screenplay gets disengaging and tedious in the latter half, it becomes your usual Bollywood film. The characters are written well, be it the Sundar Susheel Gaurav who has ironed shirts and obsessed with tidiness or the Gujarati vendor selling hotdogs or the villainous Colonel (Suniel Shetty). These characters hold you and not the plot, the only positive writing found.
There are many flaws but seriously do you care? With the dumb-ass Police shown and the Miami made to look like Mumbai’s macchimarket (fish market) what can you expect more? Yes, you can expect more in form of comic timing and characters. In a scene, Gaurav and his friend are eating at a Patel’s Hotdog while discussing their “American” way of living. Or the Jignesh Bhai, a Gujarati goon settled in America, which is almost a similar character in Raj & DK’s first film 99. The action sequences are enthusiastically shot and executed but get bore, while you can point out body doubles at times. The chemistry between Sidharth and Jacqueline never really blooms though at a particular point it gets sizzling. But, it’s a bang on film and if you liked Hrithik Roshan-Katrina Kaif starrer Bang Bang, then this is you Gentle-AMEN.
Running at 2 hours 10 minutes, I needed a small bladder check- rest of the time I was enjoying to the fullest. The soundtrack by Sachin-Jigar is melodious, Chandralekha and Bandook Meri Laila work well. The usage of songs is limited and doesn’t interfere in the narrative much. The Editing flows smoothly while the Cinematography is eye-catching.
Sidharth Malhotra is charming and delight but he needs few acting classes, his Sundar mode is charming and done well while he tries hard too hard in his Risky mode. Let’s not talk about Jacqueline’s acting or take her seriously, right? (laughs). It’s good to see 90s Suniel Shetty and motherly Supriya Pilgaonkar back in their usual roles. Hussain Dalal who plays the friend, steals the show gets chunky-comic dialogues and better things to do than Siddharth.
It’s a gentle enjoyable ride where Miami is macchimarket (fish market) where Bollywood ingredients are sold on wholesale rate.
Release: 25 August, 2017
Director: Raj & DK
Copyright ©2017 Ninad Kulkarni. This article may not be reproduced in its entirety without permission. A link to this URL, instead, would be appreciated.