‘Humshakals’ review: Zero star, Saif Ali Khan looks jaded and tired

Movie Review Humshakals: From past experience, you have to go into a Sajid Khan film wondering just how much of a dip there can be from the previous ones.

Written by Shubhra Gupta | Updated: June 21, 2014 3:41 pm
‘Humshakals’ will also give us a view of some of the most beautiful places in the world. Movie Review Humshakals: Mostly the film is stuffed with Saif (looking jaded and tired) and Riteish (trying to keep his head above water) waving their hands, making faces, sticking their tongues out.

Movie Review: Humshakals

Star cast: Saif Ali Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, Ram Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Tamannaah Bhatia, Esha Gupta, Satish Shah, Chunky Pandey

Director : Sajid Khan

Clearly, Sajid Khan doesn’t believe in less being more. In `Humshakals’, he ups his game three-fold. From ‘Hum Do Hamara Ek’, he goes full tilt for `Hum Do Hamaare Teen’, so we get everything multiplied by three.

The more the merrier? Nope. Just `teen tigaada, kaam bigaada’.

From past experience, you have to go into a Sajid Khan film wondering just how much of a dip there can be. This one is beyond. Idiocy is a gentle term for what is unleashed upon us. You can also call it a two-and-a- half hour showreel of plot-less, witless, joyless offensiveness.

I am all for political incorrectness. Silliness can be great fun. Brainless doesn’t have to translate to brain-dead, when it is done with smarts. `Humshakals’ has zero. Even in his really terrible moments, Sajid has managed to come up with one laugh out loud moment. Or two. Here there are none.

Instead, there’s Saif Ali Khan, Riteish Deshmukh and Ram Kapoor in a threesome. Actually, if only. What we get is three Saifs, three Riteshes, and three Rams, in various stages of derangement. And three women ( Bipasha, Esha, Tamannah), who stand around in various stages of wispy short-skirted dressage, squealing and giggling.

There are some scenes in London and Mauritius, but the film is shot mostly within what is repeatedly called a `paagalkhana’, studded with lots of `goras’ behaving like Bollywood’s idea of ‘mental patients’. But that’s only for scenery.

Mostly the film is stuffed with Saif ( looking jaded and tired) and Riteish ( trying to keep his head above water) waving their hands, making faces, sticking their tongues out. Or being tied up and `tortured’ by a Satish Shah who thinks he is Hitler and Gaddafi and Idi Amin, all rolled into one. Or stuffing tennis balls, no footballs, down their shirt-fronts, and dashing about in lipstick and high heels and waxed legs. If there is a scarier sight than the jovial Ram Kapoor in drag, hit me with it, and I will hand you a lollipop.

Because that’s what Kapoor the Third uses as a pacifier, when he is not pacing about his cell in an underground cage. Where am I going with this, did you say? Relax, dear viewers, this is not a spoiler, it’s just a little detail in this jaw-droppingly, numbingly awful plot. If you can call it one.

When the director is not taxing our brains with his story, he is taking pot-shots at his favourite targets. The seriously ill, the disabled, the mentally challenged, the gay people, the black people, the short people, are all on his radar. And us, the poor saps, who are sitting in the dark, hoping to be lead to light.

And laughter.

Actually, let me correct myself. There IS one good joke in here. It’s when Sajid holds out his own version of a 80s potboiler as a weapon. His victims go cross-eyed and shout ‘nahiiiiin’, we crack a smile. This is a flash of the old Sajid, willing to take a joke, and stretch for one.

Where has that Sajid gone? Or is this his` humshakal’ in the director’s chair?

Zero star

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First Published on: June 20, 2014 10:16 am
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    Adhyut
    Jun 20, 2014 at 6:50 pm
    excellent review ! only Sajid khan can make such terrible nonsense and i believe Sajid will be the only person who can watch this movie till end .Almighty has really blessed him to bear nonsense ... :)
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      amal varman
      Jun 20, 2014 at 8:01 am
      worst film.even acting wise except ritesh everybody is really pathetic
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        amit
        Jun 22, 2014 at 5:14 pm
        Nice time p ..
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          Austin 3:16
          Jun 21, 2014 at 9:19 pm
          And I thought that there could be no worse movie than Himmatwala, only Sajid Khan could've topped that claim. And Saif Ali Khan looks so out of place doing this comedy.And is it true that Akshay Kumar turned down this movie? If it is, he truly avoided a huge disaster.
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            Ayush Agrawal
            Jun 21, 2014 at 3:38 am
            I have never ever watched a more pathetic and mind numbing movie in my entire life. I think it's simply time we should just stop hoping good for Hindi content because there is going to be none.And now where is my this week's episode of suits.
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              rick
              Jun 21, 2014 at 5:30 pm
              bestest indian movie of all time . go sajid go,hum sab bharatiya nagarik aapke saath ha ...
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                Vicks
                Jun 20, 2014 at 4:45 pm
                Don't watch.... U will definitely end up in asylum yourself... Some one please ban sajid Khan and his sister from making movies.... Please... Do this social good to the country.. Wonder who has stomach to invest money in their movies..
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                  JERIN
                  Jun 20, 2014 at 8:57 am
                  REVIEW - There are lots and lots of comedy scenes . Riteish and Saif are co - heroes . Heroines are always showing there legs in y small dresses , otherwise they are revealing their navel . 3 girls have roughly equal screen time , once they reach Mauritius all girls always appear together wearing similar dress . 3rd set of humshakals appear only before the climax . 3 songs are very good on big screen , porotta song bit is also nice . Tamannaah only has 3 songs , which was very very disappointing . Tammu looks smoking hot , had the best entrance of the movie . Tammu dominated the other girls in Piya ke Baazar song just like she did to Ileana in Kedi . Esha is stunning , her cleavage will sell lots of tickets in the coming days . Esha is a very talented comedian as well . Bipasha has roughly the same screen time as the other girls . Bips speak Bengali in a few scenes . 1rst Saif is paired with Milky Beauty , 2nd Saif with Esha , 3rd with 3rd Riteish . Saif is very good in comedy scenes , ok in songs , nice in sentiments . Riteish gives a Man of the Match performance . 1rst Riteish is paired with Bipasha , 2nd one has a crush on Tamannaah . Ram has good screen time , which is justified by his performance . PREDICTION - SUPER HIT .
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                    Ks
                    Jun 23, 2014 at 7:27 am
                    Worst movie ever made.....what made saif sign such a movie..........absolute ....we have better comedies on television....if this would have been on television..would have been pulled out after couple of episodes.... Sajid is sick should be sent to mental asylum..... Only gig moment was the last portion where sajid showcases how he made this ......
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                      Vikhyath Kamath
                      Jun 20, 2014 at 6:21 am
                      5 stars for the review!!
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                        Laju Bhai
                        Jun 22, 2014 at 1:16 pm
                        Saif can't look jaded even if he tried, comedy is a tricky business, some people love the mad cap kinda below the belt humor & others very wry sense of humor! I haven't seen it yet, but all the best wishes for Saif & Sajid for Humshakals,the posters are very funny:)
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                          Movie
                          Jun 20, 2014 at 8:04 am
                          it is really a good movie.... really
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                            MM
                            Jun 21, 2014 at 7:34 am
                            worst movie i have ever seen. tortured for about 3 hours
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                              Om Bansal
                              Jun 20, 2014 at 7:54 pm
                              Just seen it. It is a total waste of money & time. You may need pain killers too.
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                                rhea
                                Jun 21, 2014 at 8:47 pm
                                agree (y)
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                                  rhea
                                  Jun 21, 2014 at 8:44 pm
                                  blockbuster movie 3
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                                    rhea
                                    Jun 21, 2014 at 8:43 pm
                                    blokbuster hit ...awesome movie
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                                      Heinz
                                      Jun 20, 2014 at 1:09 pm
                                      People who like such brainless really need to read a few good books and improve their IQ. I am being serious.
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                                        Ceee
                                        Jun 25, 2014 at 6:58 pm
                                        Practically unwatchable. People walked out.
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                                          shahid kapoor
                                          Jun 20, 2014 at 10:49 am
                                          must watch **** 4stars
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                                            Sunil
                                            Jun 21, 2014 at 7:21 am
                                            watch it on your own risk
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