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wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)
quick review:

David Dhawan comedies are beyond me. At first, it felt good to get away from the daily drudgery that life is and submit myself to the histrionics. But, a few very good laughs in exchange for an arbitrary bunch of stories thrown around a Hollywood chick-flick are not good enough. It is difficult to retain interest when you can mouth out the punch line for more than half the jokes. And even more difficult when the attempts at wise-cracks stop too.



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Plot Summary

Bhaskar (Govinda) wants love guru, Prem (Salman Khan) to help him woo his (Bhaskar's) lady-love, Priya (Katrina Kaif). All this while Prem is trying to do some wooing of his own with Naina (Lara Dutta).

What Worked

  • Some of the dialogues in the first half of the movie.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • The "chota Don" side-plot. It might have been okay if it had some relevance to the main plot.
  • The single mother side-plot. What purpose did it server other than increasing the duration of the movie?
  • The gay character side-plot. Absolutely unnecessary.
  • The Lara Dutta's father side-plot. Why bother, if his character had to transform so suddenly?
  • Naming Govinda's character "Bhaskar", just so they could mention the dialogue "Bhaskar, bas kar" from Anand
  • Go Air's animated advertisement!
  • Was Naina both a crime journalist as well as a Page 3 reporter?


This section lists things that I think are not important to the overall impact of the movie. In most cases, it could be explained away by something like, "we noticed the glitch after the scene was shot and there were schedule/budget issues and thus we could not re-shoot it". I like giving the makers the benefit of doubt, but I am amused nevertheless. Hopefully, they will tickle you too.

  • Was it at a bar or a TV studio that Prem met his clients? Why were there girls dressed as bar servers in a room where television sets were relaying the conversations live?
  • Agreed Katrina Kaif might not be familiar with the Hindi language. But did the dialogue writer understand Hindi or not? Isn't it hard to believe that Katrina Kaif's character had not found a "chaahne waala" (someone who loves her)? I think she meant she hadn't found anyone "jise woh chaahti ho" (someone she loves).
  • India's score in a match that was being shown on TV was 39 for no loss. Why was the restaurant counter guy complaining about missing Sehwag's century?
  • I gave the scene where Lara Dutta's character, Naina is introduced, I just gave up on trying to notice the details. I concede that in such movies "the details" is not the point!