Like its predecessor Kya Kool Hain Hum (2005), it’s a new genre in India, very common in the west though, politely termed adult humour. Crammed with dustbin-gags and a few piping fresh ones, there is boundless dosage of laughter compressed in every dialogue. Provided one is not inhibited about laughing at the ridiculous.
The plot: Like most mindless entertainers, the plot is kept at bay. But it does go a notch deeper than its predecessor, at least enough to draw a comment. Adi (Tusshar Kapoor), a struggling actor and Sid (Riteish Deshmukh) a wannabe DJ, are roomies and always scraping the bottom (literally too) for money, women and work. Adi keeps afloat by featuring in sleazy, horribly-dubbed tele commercials, Sid uses his high libido pug Sakru like Vicky Donor to earn his living and also plays at Gujju parties hosted by folks like ‘cumlesh’ bhai where ‘snakes’ are served. It’s love-at-first-sight for Adi when he meets Simran (Neha Sharma), a chirpy, vivacious girl he instantly proposes to, thereby putting her off. For Sid it’s Anu (Sarah-Jane Dias) who also likes him but when Simran tries to ward off Adi by pretending to be a lesbian with Anu as her partner, hearts are shattered all over. The scene shifts to party spot Goa to compound the madcap confusion.
The good: Unabashedly politically incorrect, farcical, preposterous, ridiculous, perverse, potty-humour and slapstick, but most of all, completely unapologetic.The soul or the loose character of the film, remains in place all through with the constant influx of adult humour. It’s indeed difficult to find even one line without a pun, double meaning or humour. Compared to its predecessor, it gathers more laughs and creates its own moments where even a pseudo-intellectual might break into a giggle. Writer-director Sachin Yardi makes sure to keep the comedy-volt high most times, even the emotional moments throwing up plenty of PJs.
The performances are credible with some impeccable comic timing. The crazy camaraderie of Riteish and Tusshar sails through safely. Riteish looks welded to the part. Short on talent, the girls mercifully don’t have much to do as usual and sidekicks like Anupam Kher (as psycho Marlo, making room for Rosemary Marlo jokes) and Chunky Panday (playing 3G Baba), are not strong enough to make much of an impact. However, Sakru the pug plays a pivotal role to keep the laughter on. Be it the Dhoble period (there’s a gag on the word ‘period’ too), Nargis Fakri or Diany Penty’s surnames, the one-liners unpretentiously poke fun at everybody, upping the fun quotient.
The bad: Slapstick accepted, low-level humour okay, but the maximum gags are on homosexuals, making them objects of scorn. Much of the humour looks like it’s been picked up from some ‘100 SMS Jokes’ book and from comedy shows on TV. People stopped laughing at lines like ‘Mane ragdo ene chaat’ a long while ago and putting them away would have been a good idea. An example of the humour: when Riteish plans to buy a packet of sanitary napkins and Tusshar asks him why, Riteish says he is going through a bad ‘period’. That’s the level of humour. A lot of gags are built on other movies like Paa and The Dirty Picture which removes the freshness from the film.
The story is highly ridiculous and the whole act of going to Goa is forced. The first meeting of Tusshar and Neha Sharma looks unkempt, done too quickly without any thought. The whole Adam and Steve scene may be safely chopped off to save on the length of the film (136 mins) and avoid an overdose of gay humour. The songs, however vivacious or energetic, further drag the film especially since they don’t really gel with the movie at any stage.
Overall: The film does have its moments and some loathsome gags too. But a definite watch for lovers of this genre. It’ll take a while to reach the levels of American Pie but it’s getting there.
PS: Half star extra to Tusshar for poking fun at himself.
– Pooja Thakkar