Hum Tum Shabana

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quick review:

All the adjectives, all the phrases, all the clichés of the not-so-kind kind that apply to a mindless comedy, apply to Hum Tum Shabana.

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Director: Sagar Ballary
Running time: 120 minutes
Genres: Comedy, Crime, Docu-drama
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The good news is it will be pretty easy to watch Hum Tum Shabana with a clean slate. All that I enjoyed in Bheja Fry was appropriately cancelled out by Bheja Fry 2. So, there are actually zero expectations from Sagar Ballary's Hum Tum Shabana.

The bad news is that the trailer promises more a plain-Jane slapstick film.

Even worse, there are glimpses of Golmaal in the trailer itself. And what could have been an interesting premise, protagonist wooing a woman who belongs to an underworld clan has already been done recently in Ready and a bit in Welcome - none of which can match Mickey Blue Eyes. Ok fine, the twist seems to be that there are two protagonists instead of one, doing the wooing.

But doesn't it seem like there are two heroes only because neither of those "actors" is known to carry a film by themselves? I agree, both, Shreyas Talpade and Tusshar Kapoor of them individually can have crackling comic timing, but the rivalry their characters seem to share in Hum Tum Shabana, will require chemistry. And no, it really doesn't look like Minissha Lamba is going to be more than an accessory to the plot.

So, there is nothing to look forward to. On the plus side, anything we get, a smile, a grin, a LOL even will be a bonus. Let's look forward to that then.

- meeta, a part of the audience

I'm a little under the weather. The annoying type of being unwell where you don't have fever but are feverish. While walking into Hum Tum Shabana I thought all ache-able parts of my body are already aching. Nope. Hum Tum Shabana made me realize that my ears weren't aching at the beginning.

Hum (Shreyas Talpade/Tusshar Kapoor), Tum (Tusshar Kapoor/Shreyas Talpade) and Shabana (Minissha Lamba) are all loud and are surrounded by louder people. The story goes from weird (two guys falling in love at the same time with the same woman the first time they see her on screen) to berserk (wooing her in the most ridiculous fashion) to utter rubbish (they want to get out of proposing to her because of reasons you should find out for yourself, if you are interested despite this warning). Sometime in the berserk era, there is one scene that is so ridiculous that it's funny. "How could you even come up with that?" kind of funny.

But save that there's nothing at all in the film. Well, I guess I got that one laugh I was looking for.

These are times I wish I could borrow, NW1W (not worth one word) concept from milliblog. Till then, here's my attempt at keeping it short and simple - Skip!

- meeta, a part of the audience

22 reviewers(?) - 0 yays 0 so-so 22 nays

Warning: clicking on "full review" will take you to an external website that could contain spoilers.

Thumbs down, by Anna M.M.Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...Hum Tum Shabana is the story of two rivals in love.... full review

Thumbs down, by Usha Lakra, Apun Ka Choice : ...‘Hum Tum Shabana’ is not only a waste of time... full review

Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks : ...strictly be far away from this if you want to keep your peace of mind intact. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Taran Adarsh , Bollywood Hungama : ...A good idea gone wrong! ... full review

Thumbs down, Daily Bhaskar : ...Hum Tum Shabana can be easily given a miss.... full review

Thumbs down, by Mehul Suri , Desi Martini : ... BAD X 3... full review

Thumbs down, by Ankur Pathak, Desi Martini : ...Penalize the Producers! ... full review

Thumbs down, by Aniruddha Guha, DNA : ...Hum Tum Shabana is a terrible, terrible film... full review

Thumbs down, by Rahul Gangwani, Filmfare : ...Hum Tum Shabana is a like a chef experimenting to make a dish with too many ingredients... full review

Thumbs down, by Martin D'Souza, : ...Bellary focuses on his prime motive - to make you laugh. ... full review

Thumbs down, IBN Live : ...'Hum Tum Shabana' is a bad attempt... full review

Thumbs down, by Komal Nahta, koimoi : ...Tusshar Kapoor does well but gets limited scope. Shreyas Talpade gets better scope and shines ... full review

Thumbs down, by Shubha Shetty Saha, MiD DAY : ...High-pitched disaster... full review

Thumbs down, Movie Talkies : ...The film's only true strength is its music... full review

Thumbs down, Mumbai Mirror : ...Hum Tum Bye!... full review

Thumbs down, by Troy Ribeiro, Now : ...The music by Sachin Jigar is a mixed bag.... full review

Thumbs down, by Mansha Rastogi, Now : ...Hum Tum Shabana ke liye kabhi na jaana. A film best avoided. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Preeti Arora, Rediff : ...This film is best avoided.... full review

Thumbs down, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...Go for this one if you want to be bheja fried! ... full review

Thumbs down, by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India : ...Tusshar and Shreyas try their best to keep pace while Minissha desperately follows suit. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Reel Reptile , Upper Stall : ...Hum Tum Shabana is possibly the worst 'comedy' of 2011.... full review

Thumbs down, by IANS , Zee News : ...A bad attempt by Sagar Ballary ... full review

24 tweeters(?) - 4 yays 4 so-so 16 nays

sweeetstarr1: Just Watched Hum Tum Shabana as I stay in DUBAI ! Outstanding Comedy ! ★★★★ Total Paisa Vasool Movie ! LoVED it @TusshKapoor

iKaushalK: Hum Tum Shabana = awesome flick. Nahin dekhoge to pachtaoge @Minissha_Lamba @TusshKapoor

goonj2000: Hum Tum Shabana is a fun-filled energetic film with loads of wit, humor and action.Tusshar Kapoor and Shreyas Talpade.log

aadisharma23: Just got back from the premier of HUM TUM SHABANA...Non Stop Hilarious ride..good film. Its a laughter ride this weekend...

thought_bulb: Hum Tum Shabana - a funny but not-so-great movie! The characters sketches & cast was apt but lacked strength in the chain of sequences.

RAGiniGUNjan: 2nd half of hum tum shabana is boring.. Sanjay Mishra as usual does his best job...

CsitDurg: It's not a deadly comedy, but at least Bellary focuses on his prime motive - to make you laugh....

AGAMAAMIR: Saw Hum tum shabana today,its pretty ordinary stuff apart from Minissha Lamba's super cute looks.

widestuff: Review: 'Hum Tum Shabana' is a bad attempt


TrulyAditi: Hum Tum Shabana..typical comedy..pretty boring actually..

thesouthreports: L Ravichander strongly recommends that you should stay away from `Hum Tum Shabana'. Mast review :

sudipbiswas82: 'Hum Tum Shabana' - nice start, but gets stale as movie proceeds. can't stay glued to the chair after interval. hard work gone in vain....

reny_lane: HUM TUM SHABANA is a dull fare in spite of some enjoyable comic scenes. Its second half is irritating. Review:

pmoolchandani: Went for Hum Tum Shabana..i don't know why i watch Indian movies. 1 in 1000 comes up ok. This one was a torture !!!!

NiG_13: Wonderin y i'm watchin movie in empty theatre on Sat l8 evenin..aahaa..its Hum Tum Shabana...tht xplains it... He he he

NewsFromPunjab: Review: 'Hum Tum Shabana' is a bad attempt: The story proceeds like the old fable of two cats fighting for cheese.

LetsMarketBiz: Hum Tum Shabana? Who make such movies and provide titles for the same. Simply DIE!!!

kingsuva78: Review: 'Hum Tum Shabana' is a bad attempt - - #newdelhi #Shreyas_Talpade

india_m8y: Review: Hum Tum Shabana is a terrible, terrible film #india

hsekihsirh: Start walking away for Hum Tum Shabana

bhak_sala: Hum Tum Shabana : The movie is exactly like its title - Illogical, Irrational and Confusing!

Ar_Panicho: watched 45 mins of Hum tum shabana and then went 2 sleep...thanks 2 a.c. and 60Rs ticket #pakau

_abhishk: Hum Tum Shabana. Critics verdict: Maine dekha, aap mat dekhna.

2 readers - 2 yays 0 so-so 0 nays

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Bollywood Gossips : 100

Yay! Thumbs Up, by rehana : 89

This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: Lots of mock gun fights.
  • Language: clean. Some fake beeps. As in no bad words are used, there's just the beep sound!
  • Nudity & Sexual content: Skimpily clad models walking the ramp.
  • Concept: If you watch the film despite this warning, and if you figure out the concept, do let me know.
  • General Look and Feel: Bright and loud

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Running time:
120 minutes

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Wawoo Excellent work dear...keep it up....

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