Grand Masti - Review

Grand Masti

Not rated by wogma

The one I chose not to watch.

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I finally decided to go with my gut and did not watch Grand Masti. I really didn't think there could be a film promo which would make me not watch it. Well, I give Grand Masti points for that.

I have tossed and turned over this, because it doesn't come naturally to me - both not doing my job and not watching a film. I wondered over the suggestion, that maybe the film won't be that bad after all; maybe the trailers are some weird marketing idea of getting the audience to the theater.

There was this other person I know, who heard the actors say in an interview, "don't watch Grand Masti with people who you have respect for."

Well, then if that's how they want to pick their customers, as a first in all of seven years, I choose to register my protest. Everytime I've imagined myself walking out of a theater playing Grand Masti, I visualise myself doing so with my face hidden, lest I be recognised. What is the point then, of reviewing it?

You will certainly find external reviews and twitter verdict for Grand Masti early next week.

- meetu, a part of the audience

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Comments (40)

Rahul:

For your own sake, don't watch it.

meetu:

Thank you, @Rahul! hausla-afzaayi ke liye shukriya.

Sumith:

Haan , Dont watch it. I wonder how so many people cannot despise something that is so offensive and also not funny.

Guddu:

I'm shocked. I don't watch television and I don't even have one at my home. I do watch movies but only after reading your reviews. I read this preview, and out of curiosity, watched the trailer. I couldn't believe what I saw. They are showing this trailer on television??? I wonder if there is any secret mission going on to feed the young Indian minds with filth and shamelessness. Call me a pessimist, but I'm sure this movie is going to be a big commercial hit.

Dattaprasad Godbole:

The saddest part is Sonalee Kulkarni in some interview had said, Producers saw her in 'Natarang' and chose her. She said that quite a few times.

I desperately hope that she has role substantial enough to justify placing Natrang beside Grand Masti.

meetu:

@Sumith thank you so much!

@Guddu :(

@Dattaprasad Really? Oh no!

TimELiebe:

OMG, Meetu! I watched the trailer, and my very American jaw is hitting the floor in disbelief!

This is like the stupidest 1970s cheap sex farce that hit US screens when we switched from movie industry censorship to a film ratings board (so no film can be outright censored or banned - just restricted admission so only adults can see it). Why on Earth did Vivek Oberoi and Riteish Deshmukh, actors I know from other Indian movies I've liked, agree to be in this? Do they think they're being "cool" rebelling against India's (admittedly conservative) film industry? Or are their careers in such trouble that this is all they can get cast in?

I'm not even remotely interested - and you know I tend to enjoy a lot of Indian movies you don't, Meetu. Don't bother with this one - it's not for you or your site's audience, though I agree with @Guddu that it'll probably be a hit...among college boys and male urban twenty- somethings after a few beers....

TimELiebe:

@Meetu - I emphatically did not give this movie a Thumbs Up. At all.

Maybe you can have your Webmaster look at fixing the Ratings so "Not Interested In Watching" doesn't translate into "Thumbs Up"? Please...?

mac:

extremely vulgar. i cant believe indra kumar is doing this.his films always have been poor and tasteless, but this one is downright vulgar, repulsive and nauseating.

meetu:

@TimELiebe Oh dear, I am so sorry Tim! I will get Navin to look at it immediately.

@mac Agree, agree and agree.

meetu:

Hey! @TimELiebe I believe it is fixed now. It'd be great if you could scan through all your ratings so far and see if everything looks ok.

TimELiebe:

@Meetu - I'll check them then. Thanks! :)

guddu:

Never underestimate a director's potential and for dat reason don't jump to conclusion so early . This is the same director who probably took the first succesfull step towards adult comedy in 2003 . He also conjured santazied comedy in 2007 with rib tickling characters . I would suggest if u hate a particular genre its better u said stay away from commenting. There is a niche audience who do feel entertained by it.

Divya:

Hi Meetu,

Great fan of your reviews and i was actually thinking of you when i saw the trailer myself. How would you watch this movie and give review?? Pls avoid if possible and if you do have to watch it pls dont go alone to theatre :-)

meetu:

Thanks, @TimELiebe

@guddu Hmmm... Why would I refrain from commenting? There is something that I don't like and for what it's worth, I want to let my opinion be known.

@Divya Thanks. Will decide sometime tomorrow, I guess. And if I go, thanks, I will take care. Will be difficult to convince anyone to go with me though :P

guddu:

Meetu i wasn't refering to u , i was addressing to the comments laid by some of the users. I am aware of the fact that critics don not take stands against a movie before it releases neither they favor any particular actor owing to his popularity. In this age of extensive marketing and promotion many critics do fell prey to the cosmetic PR. Being an ardent reader of ur reviews since 2009
i never found u getting inclined to a film based on external factors. I respect u for ur honest and unbiased review as a critic. My point was very simple to the esteem users as "Never judge a book with its cover".

Fan:

@guddu: you say "I am aware that critics do not favor any particular actor owing to his popularity"

Excluding wogma, I think that you and me are reading reviews by different critics. Most of the critics I find write paid reviews. Ever seen a film for whom the online marketing is done by a Taran Adarsh firm and that movie gets a bad review by renowned critic Taran Adarsh? And this is just one example. Even my favourite Mr. Khalid Mohammed has his soft spots. He is much less harsher on an established director like say (late) Yash Chopra than on a newcomer who is making his first film. If I were a critic I would do the exact opposite. I would rip apart a Chopra product that is average or below average and I would understand the difficulties of a newcomer and give him the benefit of doubt with an average product.

Guddu:

@guddu Hmmmm... right. Tobacco is bad but some people do feel entertained having it. So, who am I say tobacco is bad. You are absolutely right. I must refrain from commenting. ...but, even cigarette sellers sell their products with a warning message - 'Cigarette smoking is injurious to health.' So, I guess when I said the movie is unhealthy for young minds, all I intended was to add a sort of warning message with the product 'Grand Masti'. and dear @guddu, a manipulated understanding of terms like 'Freedom' and 'Niche Audience' is also not so healthy I guess. Just because a group of sick heads love to be entertained by having drugs, another person should see them as a niche audience and start selling drugs to them - ah, nah! I really don't find this idea a very entertaining one. I can't refrain from commenting in such situation.

Note : your comment was probably not specifically targeted to me, but sorry, I couldn't refrain from commenting.

But, btw, going with your idea of freedom, should you really tell people when they should comment and when they should not?

guddu:

@silent rebellion I am not telling people when they should comment and when they should not? ; these are your words . You are entitled to express ur opinions and views . If u are debating on the issue of who has better understanding of cinema , then u better stick to the point. Comparing a film release with the selling and usage of Drugs and Tobacco to sickheads is simply absurd because they are different entities . You said that even cigarette sellers sell
their products with a warning message -
'Cigarette smoking is injurious to health. There is a regulatory board called CBFC which certifies film viewership. Look bro !everybody has its likes and dislikes , lets not quarel among each other to be politically correct. Yo have ur own reasons and i ave mine.

TimELiebe:

@guddu - there's "Free Speech", which I heartily approve of even when it leads to movies like GRAND MASTI. The flip side is that it cuts both ways - just because a movie exists doesn't mean Meetu has to review it if she finds it offensive, either! Or even give it any attention on her site if she chooses not to - she's not the Indian Government, after all, but a private entity with a limited amount of time and resources, and an audience consisting mostly of people who wouldn't go watch this film.

I think she's handling it just right - not reviewing it personally, but talking about the controversy that this film is (deliberately) stirring and giving her reasons for not reviewing it. If somebody comes back from seeing it and says, against all odds, that it's actually brilliant - well, they can try and persuade us of that right here.... :D

TimELiebe:

@Meetu - yes, the Ratings are fixed now.

Thank you! :)

guddu:

@Fan I was speaking to Meetu to illustrate my point as she misunderstood my previous comment. Exceptions r always there and i find Meetu reviews honest and unbiased than Deepa Gahlot and Rajeev Massand. There are paid reviews just like paid news to promote and market.

Rahul:

Bravo Meetu! Well done for not wasting your money on this one.

YouthTimes:

With gross vernacular implications, unrestrained skin show and inherent vulgarity, the film makes for a perfect two hour timeout with boys. For the same reason, it is a strict “no” for families. And if you judge it purely as a film, it fails miserably. Choose accordingly!

Reviewer:

I had read reviews here about this movie that is it not worth watching, But still as I was free on Saturday I give a chance based on Indra Kumar's directed movie like Dhamaal, ishq, masti and thought it could be adult humor.

Movie starts with same scenario as part one with Amar (ritesh desmukh) this time he is shaking the milk bottle to feed his new born baby.

Mit is married with business women who been busy with her boss most of the times.

Prem is married to a housewife and thus she remains busy with all the house work and can not give time to prem.

After going though ruff marriage life they receives call that they are invited with family for college reunion. They try to convince their wife to come along in college reunion but they denied with several reasons.

So, three friends units to drink together and prem gets grand idea to go in college reunion and make affair.

(I seriously wonder how that happen as we can see one is doctor, another friend is business man and third one is bank manager. how come they all attended one collage at same time?)

Anyways...

I enjoyed only 1 minute scene in whole movie(it is when mit, amar and prem reaches at collage.)

Thats it.

There is nothing else that i like in this movie. It's complete time and money waste movie.

Fan:

Well well well ...

It would seem that despite the intellectual, moral and social stance taken by most of us on this page's comments we have all been proven wrong.

If the BO statistics published by some sites are correct then this film falls into the blockbuster category given the fact that far less viewers throng for such films and far fewer theatres were booked for its release.

Audience tastes are difficult to judge.

Suman:

Direction: 2
Story: 0.5
Lead Actors: 2
Character Artists: 1

Dialogues: 3
Screenplay: 2.5
Music Director: 0.5
Lyrics: 0.5

rose merry lele ...laura hahahahahaha

Mastiforever:

Funtastic film, why all this discussion about taste, values and all that? This is like junk food, which most people eat and then complain! Enjoy the sex jokes, we Indians are like that only!

Anuj:

Pseudo intellectual multiplex audiences are hypocrites of the worst kind. They spend 300 bucks every weekend to watch a Bollywood film and yet weep crocodile tears on social networking sites about how bad Indian cinema is and how brilliant are our Western counterparts! Fyi (everyone),the movie's a massive HIT and yes its the urban sector internet savvy audience like YOU and YOUR kind who have made this so called "offensive piece of garbage" a monstrous hit. Now get back to your Hollywood bootlicking till u get your next punching bag viz Besharam,Boss,Krrish-3 and Dhoom-3!

meetu:

@Fan Thank you! Though I don't really agree with ripping apart an old-timer's films and according discount to a new-comer. With the number of directors doing a downward spiral with their second and subsequent films, I think one who makes films that you like consistently might deserve extra points too.

@TimELiebe Thanks. Usually, I'd completely ignore it. But this is sort-of registering a protest. (Thanks for checking on the ratings. *phew* and finally!)

And well, people are watching the film. It is a commercial success. Reported numbers - budget 20 crores, earnings till second week 80 crores (Rs. 200m and Rs. 800m respectively)

@Rahul Thank you!

@Fan I'm not surprised at all.

@guddu and @Guddu, I'll let you get on with it. My take is that you are both saying the same thing, only it seems wrong because you are taking a different side. :D

@Suman, @Anuj Really? wow...

Anuj:

How else would u describe idiots who call illogical garbage films like Casino Royale,Mission Impossible and Avatar as "masterpieces" and start pointing out "flaws" and "loopholes" in the Don,Dhoom and Krrish films? If someone enjoys watching the American brand of "illogical ott masala films",there's no reason why they shouldn't be liking the desi versions unless of course they are of the view that calling Bond and MI films as classics makes them superior to the "mass audiences"!

Anuj:

@Meetu : The film costs 35 cr and is gonna end its run at about the 95 cr mark thereby making it one of the biggest hits of the year in terms of Return On Investment! Frankly,if at all guys like Raja Sen,Mihir Fadnavis and Anupama Chopra don't wanna end up getting embarrassed any further,they'd rather choose an alternate profession and spare us the agony of learning about their pointless rating and lousy reviews week after week (incidently,the reviews of Grand Masti are trashier than the film itself :P)

meetu:

@Anuj I really don't get where all this angst is coming from. An opinion is an opinion, nothing more, nothing less, no?

Alikazim:

All those guys commenting above for appreciation of the movie, its not only you but may be your sisters would have watched the same movie as well. Open your eyes.

Sunil:

Very rarely i watch bollywood movies...Out of mind (wasted my time downloading this crap) i chose to watch this f**king movie and stopped towards the mid of the film. Gud for mindless teens who keeps their brain in refrigerator and always have their hands on their dick when seeing girls...Undoubtedly, Ritesh and Oberoi's worst movie...Guys better watch some gud porn movie instead of wasting time for this ultra crap...

Fan:

For all of you ranting against this film, your pseudo hypocritical behaviour is so obvious. This movie is nothing but a hodgepodge of scenes from various successful and vintage English language films viz. hugely popular Carry On series, American Pie series, etc. The makers have not even bothered to alter the jokes. Watch Carry on camping, and the famous shadow silhouette bending scene is a direct lift. Whereas the carry on series were a major hit in India, and are regularly repeated on English channels, if the same scene is attempted in a Hindi film then we are suddenly on a high moral ground. When YRF mediocre products mix kisses and sexual scenes with a social story then it is lapped up by same people who have criticised this film on this page. But when somebody clearly and honestly makes it clear upfront that this is an adult humour film and nothing but sex will be shown, then we take a high moral ground. If you folks are that against sexual innuendo, womenisation, etc. then why accept garbage being churned about YRF in name of modernisation and woman empowerment?

TimELiebe:

::sigh:: Told you it would be a hit….

Maybe this will lead to a better quality of A-rated movie…?

meetu:

@TimELiebe How? How will it lead to better films, if it is a hit as is?

TimELiebe:

@Meetu - because then, maybe, better filmmakers will feel able to tackle more adult themes...? Kind of the way mainstream American movies in the late 1960s and early 1970s got more daring as the low-budget exploitation films started drawing bigger audiences…?

Look - I'm grasping at straws here, okay? My jaw hit the floor when I read how much this made - and it's not because I'm some kind of moralist by any means. It - just doesn't look like it's anything other than stupid sex jokes, kind of like THE BENNY HILL SHOW in the UK was.

Maybe it's a genuinely funny and daring sex comedy that sends up the hypocrisy of Indian attitudes about sex for an Indian audience, but from the trailer it just looks dumb and annoying.

@Fan - if you want, I can probably find you DVDs of American versions of this kind of film that we did in the 1960s and 1970s, like BOEING BOEING (which you already got as GARAM MASALA!), HI, MOM, or IF YOU DON'T STOP IT YOU'LL GO BLIND. I saw all of them when I was in my early Twenties….

meetu:

@TimELiebe I worry they'll make only more crass stuff.

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