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1 2 3: Skimpy dresses - 4. Funny lines - 5. Loud actors - way too many. This wannabe comedy takes a dive into slapstick torture of third degree.Read more
NOT A REVIEW (just my thoughts before the release)
One Two Three - Same Names, Dangerous Games. Interesting tag line - 3 men with the same name has immense potential for making you laugh your guts out without use of slapstick. But, the promos don't look like they really want to please non-slapstickers like me. What with cars landing wrong-side-up on the threesome's heads (on the official site). Anyway...when there is Paresh Rawal, there is hope.
Director and writer. Aswani Dhir has written for TV serials and is also writer for Krazzy 4 and U me aur Hum. Interestingly, both these movies are slated to release on the same day. Anyway, since I have not seen anything he has been a part of, it is actually possible for me to stick to the rule of "Go in with a clean slate and neutral expectations".
- meeta, a part of the audience
Usually in a movie which has a promo song running along with the opening titles, I block my brain from making any assessment - trying my best not to judge the proverbial book by its kitschy cover. But, the thought just wouldn't leave me. If this is how it starts, how do I go through the next two hours? And it worked! Thanks to the lowest possible expectations set in the first five minutes, it fidgets its way half-a-point up.
It’s regular slapstick with a dash of original one-liners thrown in. But, it feels like the one-liners determined the situation rather than the other way around. And the lack of flow is evident when you just shake your head in helplessness. This goes for both the dialogues and the screenplay, or lack thereof.
This is one of those brainless comedies that can't be seen without a brain. As in there are three people with the same name who reach the same place at the same time. So keeping track of the chaos cannot be done without some gray-cell exercise. And, honestly, I did see this as a situation with tremendous potential for craziness. But, it’s all too commonplace and just doesn't work out.
Neither do the production values - from the amateurish animation to the art design. The costume designer is fascinated by the scissors. We have holes and cuts in dresses where they don't belong. Setting trends? I hope not! These over-used, blunted-down scissors were then passed on to the editor. Low-budget, you see? Can't blame him for the jerks and jolts now, can we?
Now that so much is spent on putting the cut pieces of cloth together we need people to wear them. So we have the threesome - Sameera Reddy, Tanisha, and Esha Deol. Amazingly, and I'm using the word with all sincerity, Neetu Chandra is wearing just one costume, and is covered all over at that! Maybe those scissors were too blunt for cotton clothing by the time it was Neetu's turn. Thank goodness for some mercies!
Now that we have these ladies, what do we make them do? What women do best, of course...scream and screech and yell some more. Why distract the audience by giving them such things as meaningful dialogue? Consistent character would cause an outcry. To be fair though, in the name of gender equality, the men are dealt a similar hand too. Any hopes of Paresh Rawal saving the fort are demolished in the fifth minute of the movie where he is introduced as a bra seller. Need I say more?
The only people who do recognize their limitations are the lyricists. Since, they know they cannot write that well, so they wrote a few half-decent lines and got them repeated over and over till Raghav Sachar's music ran out. The latter does put his goods on display and how. A range of foot-tapping music remixed together. And he takes showcasing a step further by featuring himself in the end credits.
Barely different from the other slapstick churned out this shoddiness named One Two Three is absolutely passable. Waiting for next Friday, already...
- meeta, a part of the audience
So-So, by Akshay Shah, Akshay Shah : ...the movie is just another trashy comedy but I don’t understand why everyone’s been so harsh on the movie when it clearly achieves what it set out to?... full review
So-So, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ... One Two Three Director : Music : Lyrics : Starring : Ashwani Dheer Raghav Sachar Aditya Dhar, Munna Dhiman Sunil Shetty, Tusshar Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Upen Patel, Esha Deol, Sameera Reddy, Tanisha Mukherjee, Neetu Chandra. By Martin D'Souza, Bollywood Trade News Network Send to Friend view ONE TWO THREE videos view ONE TWO THREE videos If you are looking to have a laugh, ONE TWO THREE, provides humour in huge doses. And, though at times it does get a bit monotonous you are willing to let that pass because after 15 minutes into the movie and having endured a long, boring commentary, which describes the main characters, you just go with what the director wants you to do; leave your brains behind and laugh your guts out. You stop looking for sense because director Ashwani Dheer’s focus is getting the audience to have a hearty laugh. There are some stupid one-liners, which are witty nonetheless and every situation is a moment for comedy. And the situation here is a case of mistaken identity with three men sharing the same name Laxminarayan (Suniel Shetty, Paresh Rawal and Tushhar Kapoor) checking into hotel Blue Diamond for different purposes. As expected, the envelope they are to receive describing their job goes to the wrong Laxminarayan and therein lies the tragedy that opens up to a laugh riot. To be honest, there are some seriously funny moments that make you laugh the loudest, which dull the impact of a weak storyline... full review
Thumbs down, by Aparajita Ghosh, Apun Ka Choice : ... To this melee of characters add two youths ( Upen Patel and Tanishaa ) who inexplicably keep flitting in and out of the camera frames... full review
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This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.
Three men with the same name land at the same place and time. Their objectives are different though. So guess what? Fate exchanges their objectives and we have a slapstick ready for you.