Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
All the Best: Adding that Diwali sparkle
This film starring Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, Fardeen Khan and Bipasha Basu doesn’t pretend to be anything but a madcap entertainer and because of that, delivers on most counts.
The jokes aren’t too highbrow, there are plenty of them and all the actors seem to be having fun doing the film, which comes across on screen.
I was especially struck by the difference in Sanjay Dutt, who puts in such a lacklustre performance in “Blue”, but seems to be enjoying himself in this film.
The story itself isn’t much. Prem (Ajay Devgn) and Veer (Fardeen) are friends who live in Goa and benefit from Veer’s elder brother Dharam (Sanjay Dutt), a millionaire in Africa who sends him “pocket money” every month.
Dharam thinks Veer is married to Vidya (Mugdha Godse), when in fact he isn’t.
So when Dharam lands up in Goa without any advance notice, both Prem and Veer scramble to cover up their lies. It doesn’t help that they have rented out a house belonging to Dharam and are also on the run from a local thug (played by Johnny Lever). To add to the chaos, Dharam mistakes Prem’s wife Jhanvi (Bipasha Basu) for Vidya.
Although the film’s energy sags in the second half, director Rohit Shetty ensures you are never bored and keeps the gags coming. Both Devgn and Dutt are good with their comic timing as is Fardeen.
This is exactly the kind of film that will light up your Diwali. Go for it.