*** EDITOR’S WARNING: IF YOU GET SICK OR DIE AFTER WATCHING THIS MOVIE, WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE ***
Editor listed this movie as editor’s choice to teach makers and educate viewers, what kind of crap Bollywood makes
Humshakals is about two friends Ashok (Saif) and Kumar (Riteish). Ashok is the owner of a huge business empire but during his time off work he tries his hand at standup comedy. His is particularly bad and all he manages to get as feedback is people’s ridicule. And then he meets Shanaya (Tamannaah) who actually laughs at his jokes. He instantly falls in love with her.
While love blooms there is the evil uncle (Ram Kapoor) who wants to take possession of the nephew’s property and conspires to turn him into a dog. Yes, a scientist friend gets him a potion which could turn a man’s DNA into a dog’s DNA for 24 hours. Alice in Wonderland anyone?
And while the evil mama finds a way to get Ashok and Kumar to the asylum, a turn of events bring these three characters face to face with lookalikes – all diverse in characteristics. Thrown in is a fair dose of romance, songs and picturesque locales.
A movie with each of the three protagonists in a triple role, slapstick genre, promos that don’t really cater to those who swear by festival cinema. In nutshell, a set up that gives ample ammunition to so called intelligentsia to just go out there and dismiss it, perhaps without even watching it. Opinions are made at the launch itself, views are shared with much enthusiasm and verdict is out well before the real audience has seen the film.
And this is the reason why I personally prefer to watch a movie – especially the kind that is aimed for the masses – with the real audience to get a first hand review. The kind which doesn’t get driven by opinions, views and verdicts to influence their judgement of a film.
As it turns out, Humshakals proves to be a full on entertaining affair that doesn’t pretend even once to be what it isn’t. Right from the moment Saif and Riteish turn into dogs, you know that Sajid meant business when it came to making people laugh by any means. Of course one may well scoff at what plays on screen. However, if one can laugh at Jim Carrey’s antics in The Mask, it isn’t difficult to let the child in you be unleashed with Humshakals too.
No wonder, the ‘sur’ of the film is captured at this point itself and really, if these aren’t the kind of jokes that truly amuse you (and it’s fair if they don’t as not everyone can be expected to have fun with just about everything) then you may as well stop reading this review!
For the rest, there is a pair of cooks who indulge in making cocaine ke parathe, another who find themselves in a ‘Mission Impossible’ situation of a different kind, the ones who believe to be playing video games with a heart reading monitor, others who feel that a mansion is nothing but a Big Boss set up, and more. One hilarious episode after another follows that deal with an effeminate Jailor, an OCD patient, a Board meeting with double roles going wrong, a night out with the girls who just had vodka parathas, a bomb with batteries gone dry and a punishment worse than being killed, courtesy Himmatwala being forced upon the inmates.