Slapstick is back and how. A couple of months back, Sajid Khan decided to pay an ode to the 1980’s and failed miserably. Its Rajkumar Santoshi’s turn now. And he makes it work and how. Getting together the looniest bunch of actors and a wacky script in place along with a heartthrob in the form of Shahid Kapoor, Santoshi makes this film rock simply on the strength of gags which for a viewer looking for an intelligent film might across as stupid, but if by any chance you have left your brains at home, then you are all set for the ride of your lives.
Packed with cliches like upright mother who wants make her son an honest police inspector, the son sacrificing his dreams to fulfil his mother’s wish, a lady who falls in love with the heroine after his first fight and so on, it is packed with seen there, watched kind of scenes but it still manages to tickle your funny bones. It is genuinely funny in places and Shahid’s kooky grin and infectious energy is just the tadka which a film like this needed. As for Rajkumar Santoshi, he picks up from where he left off with Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani and entertains you throughout the film’s running time.
The plot is about Vishwas Rao (Shahid) whow ants to become a superstar but his mother would have none of that. She wants him to become a plocie officer and how he manages to realize his mother’s vision and at the same time fulfill his aspirations forms the crux of the film. Ileana plays the eye candy who does the customary heroine jig but it is Padmini Kolhapure as Shahid’s mother who is first rate.
The music is typically Pritam with a couple of groovy chart busters and Shahid’s dancing skills take the songs to a new level. The action scenes are over the top and add to the madness of the film.
Shahid Kapoor is terrific as the proverbial hero and this is easily going to be his biggest hit. Ileana is disappointing as she could have picked up a better role. The other supporting actors are all good with Saurabh Shukla deserving special mention for his hilarious acting.
So if you have been longing to watch a dhinchak masala entertainer for a while, then this is the film… Go Dhating NaacH.