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Desi Boyz  : Fun With The Boys
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Friday, November 25, 2011
Romantic comedy
Rohit Dhawan
Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Deepika Padukone, Chitrangada Singh
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Best buddies Nick and Jerry are close pals, till recession drives the dudes apart, obliging them to use their ingenuity to tackle their penurious situation and get back together for the happy ending.

The plot: Nick Mathur (John Abraham), an investment banker and graduate from the London Business School and Jignesh, also known as Jerry Patel (Akshay Kumar), college dropout, share a roof and everything that goes along with it.

All is smooth sailing till the global meltdown strikes. Nick loses his job and is scared of losing his high-maintenance fiancee Radhika (Deepika Padukone) too. Jerry needs money too, to save Veer, his young nephew, from being resettled in a foster home.

In comes their new job as Desi Boyz –   male escorts. Nick transforms into Hunter while Jerry is Rocco, and their financial worries vanish as a growing pile of money brings back the smiles. But not everything goes according to plan and there’s a whole new chapter awaiting them.

The good: The easy rapport and warm camaraderie between the lead pair, Akshay and John, as well as witty one-liners, score a few brownie points for the film. An amusing departure from the usual dramatic Punjabi mother, is a Gujarati mom (Bharti Achrekar) who adds to the entertainment. The music and background score enhance the lively atmosphere with Pritam’s ‘Jhak maar ke’, ‘Subah hone na de’ and ‘Make some noise for the desi boyz’ matching the fun mood of the film. John and Akshay with their toned bods are ideal male eye candy, while Deepika and Chitrangada ooze glamour.

The bad: A tailor-made commercial film, there are too many ‘filmi’ moments  crammed with clichés – Omi Vaidya stuck in his Chatur avatar, the ‘no-surprises’ screenplay, songs at regular intervals. Also, the film is not really backed by a strong story. Another minus — John can’t dance, saala, he’s pretty awkward in the one typical hero-heroine number he has with Deepika. Chitrangada Singh has a fine screen presence but contributes little to what’s going on.

Overall: With no competition from any other release this week, grab a tub of popcorn and enjoy a couple of laughs.

- Nikita Periwal
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