wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)
A casual friendly relationship between dad and son could have worked if the movie were about 30 minutes shorter. Otherwise, it is the usual Priyadarshan fare.Read more
Just in case the title of the movie doesn't arouse your skepticism about the quality of humor in the movie, the promos must have. No? Then rest assured the opening sequence will put your eternal optimism to rest. What with a bikini clad woman walking on to the shore of a beach. And Om Puri monkeying around in a black and red magician suit-meets-superhero costume is the final signature. Believe me, you cannot imagine how it hurts to use Om Puri and monkeying together in the same sentence.
I must admit that the basic concept of letting the elderly have a life of their own and caring for them is very sweet. But, somehow the crassness with which it is done, did not gel with me. A son (Akshaye Khanna) yelling at his father (Paresh Rawal), in the name of comedy can work once or twice, but throughout? Not happening.
Also, a father dreaming of his son finding love is only natural. Call me conservative, but him imagining the possible daughter-in-law (Genelia D'Souza) getting wet under a waterfall and getting all suggestive for his son is just not cool. Add to that a shirtless Om Puri being shrieked at by shrill Archana Puran Singh. How can we be expected to laugh at any of this?
So yeah, Paresh Rawal, like always, tries to bring life to the trying-so-hard-to-make-you-laugh lines with his comic timing. This time is no better or no worse than others. Akshaye Khanna is screaming intolerably at the top of his voice half the time, which is like 75 minutes. And is it only me who thinks his dialogue delivery is going from bad to worse with each movie? He actually had extra pauses where none were warranted at a couple of places. Genelia looks pretty and plays her casual character alright. Whether she's acting or just the way she is in real life, we'll know only after she is 3-4 movies old.
The lyrics and music of the songs are as generic as could be. Also the choreographer had the lead pair finish their gym/aerobic workout on set. And use of bikini-clad women for no particular reason has never been so blatant. So, cutting the songs out could only have helped the movie.
Same goes for about another 15-20 minutes of the movie. There are unnecessary pauses and long dialogues which do nothing but elongate the runtime. What was the point of having the entire crew go to Kerala when neither did the script need Kerala, nor did they manage to capture her intrinsic beauty.
I still think that humor is a nice way to portray a father-son relationship. But, I just don't understand why it has to be loud, long and lousy.
- meeta, a part of the audience
So-So, by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice : ...Making a good comedy is no laughing matter, and Priyadarshan...knows the ropes very well. But this time he gets tangled and gives us just an average entertainer... full review
So-So, by Fatema H Kagalwala, Business of Cinema : ...Genelia breezes through the film like a breath of fresh air exuding a charming youthfulness that is by no means too sweet or sour but just right in its tanginess... full review
Thumbs down, Movie Talkies : ...Paresh Rawal and Akshaye Khanna are in full form as usual however there is nothing novel in their performances and you get a feel of déjà vu as neither offers anything new.... full review
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This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.
Gaurav (Akshaye Khanna) is frustrated with his father (Paresh Rawal) getting into trouble because of his friend (Om Puri). Meanwhile, he is also being harassed by a stranger, Rose (Genelia D'Souza).
Nothing really! Except for the broad concept.
That is if you decide to see this yourself!