Friday, 25 November 2011

Sanket's Review: "Desi Boyz" is perfect blend of comedy and drama.

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, John Abraham, Chitrangada Singh, Omi Vaidya, Sanjay Dutt, ANupam Kher
Director: Rohit Dhawan
Length: 2 hours approximately
In an attempt of making an dramatic comedy, debutant director Rohit Dhawan depicts story of two guys who are hit by recession. Now this may seem a funny thing, but later on how recession affects their life is all what the film has to show. We have seen aplenty films where our protagonists work day and night hard for earnings and to pour their family with basic needs. All these stories are filled with abundant drama in it. DESI BOYZ is a no exception to this formula. But the director not only use this formula but also garnish it with two romantic tracks, the camarederie between AKshay and John and also puts enough of jokes to keep the pace on a brisk level.

The film engages you from the word go. It all starts with the chemistry between the male leads and their background. The film has many things happening in the first half, and it makes up for a decent pre-intermission part. The film lags strong emotional support because the whole Akshay Kumar-kid portion looks superficial at many places. The first half somehow gets to an end with hilarious gags, good chemistry between the male leads and an ordinary drama part. Also Akshay Kumar gets to do his typical slapstick gags. But the film's comedy travels only because of humor and not because there are forced jokes.

The second half starts off well and goes on entertaining. The Chitrangada Singh-AKshay Kumar part is very good, barring the scene where in a disco AKshay and Chitrangada shares weird dialogues. But its OMi Vaidya who has a rocking screen presence and brings the house down for many scenes. Its an ver entertaining second half and all thanks to well written screenplay. The climax coud have been much better. The climax could have been better if it was a either full of comedy, or if it had emotional part throughout. Still all in all, a much better second half and ends up with a good taste. When the end credits start rolling, you are served with the making of the film where some hilarious moments are captured. The making is one of the best part of the film, which should not be missed.

Pritam's music adds freshness. All songs are truly well composed and lands in the film on a valid point. Thus the timing of the song and the tasty content of the song adds too much to the positives. Cinematography is fine, though the locations seems to be very usual. The director have made a very impressive debut and also he kept the film in a tight mode without adding much length.Story is predictable, but its counter-balanced by a very good screenplay in second half.

Akshay Kumar is the star of the show. He gives enough one liners and also does well in emotional scenes, though his emotional part is nothing more than ordinary. John Abraham needs to work on dance steps, but his act is good one. He is improving with every release. Deepika Padukone gives another evidence that why she is one of the top actress in the industry! Her presence creates charm in her chemistry with John. Omi Vaidya is an effective addition. He deserves a credit for making the second half even more entertaining. Sanjay Dutt character has nostalgic feel to it with his every entry into the scene comes with background score of "Khalnaayak". Chitrangada does quite a good job. Her part with Akshay falls quite easily on place and thus without taking much time, their track becomes engaging.

DESI BOYZ has enough of drama and comedy to justify the promos. Director has done a very fine job by making this one a perfect blend of these two genres. Not even once you feel that comedy or drama is underplayed. There are enough reasons to call it a "must watch affair" and one of the prime reasons being, the chemistry between the male leads.

Rating- 3.5/5 

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