‘The Shaukeens’ review: Nothing much lifts of in the movie

The Shaukeens movie review: Three dirty old men 'leching' at a pretty young thing is what ‘The Shaukeens’ sets out to show.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | Updated: November 7, 2014 5:26 pm
The free-spirited Lisa Haydon, who was so good in ‘Queen’, quickly becomes tiresome. The Shaukeens movie review: The free-spirited Lisa Haydon, who was so good in ‘Queen’, quickly becomes tiresome.

Three dirty old men `leching’ at a pretty young thing is what ‘The Shaukeens’ sets out to show. If it had stuck to its guns, made its threesome more interesting, and the girl less ditsy, this remake of Basu Chatterjee’s ‘Shaukeen’ (1982), would have done its job.

But the reprise mixes a star (Akshay Kumar) swanning about playing himself, and doing, I might add, a better job than he has in his last few films, which takes away from the chief focus. Which is not such a bad thing, because the trio of dirty old men KD, Lali and Pinky (Anuu Kapoor, Anupam Kher and Piyush Mishra) is dull: when they are on screen, nothing much lifts off, not even the object of their desire, the lissome bikini-clad (Lisa Haydon) cavorting in the lovely blue ocean in Mauritius, where most of the film is set in.

The free-spirited Lisa Haydon, who was so good in ‘Queen’, quickly becomes tiresome. You can see she is trying hard, but she can’t do anything about the way her character has been written. And that’s the problem with the men, too. The little details — Rati Agnihotri was in the original ‘Shaukeen’, and has a cameo here as Anupam Kher’s not-interested wife;  Piyush Mishra plays a ‘masala’ king with a ‘non-masala’ life with a soft spot for a massage girl; and Annu Kapoor is the ‘dil-phenk’ bachelor with a sad back-story—could have been made much more of.

It is Akshay Kumar, playing himself, or rather a superstar like himself with a thing for alcohol and a sudden yen for actorly respectability via a National award, who is the best part of the film. This is the star getting away from the things he pokes fun at— “same helicopter se latakna, same car chases” etc which lead to the ‘200 crore club’, and finding his funny bone. But those jokes get stretched, and finally we stop even faintly sniggering, like we did at the occasional haha-inducing lines.

And how much crassness can be stuffed into a film? After its third mention, I stopped counting the times ‘tharki’ and ‘buddhas’ were said in the same breath.

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    AWDWR
    Nov 7, 2014 at 1:48 pm
    The reason is treating bollywood as a industry. They have set gross earnings in 100s of crores as a barometer of movie's success. Dhoom 3 grossed 500 crores but it was part prestige part i don't know what.If Indian audiences decided to reject such movies and cared more about story and less about star factor maybe more people will be compelled to bring better stories onto film.I recently saw Mardaani and it was a good movie, both protagonist and the antagonist were brilliant.It earned 35-36 crores but its value is not how much it earned.With more disposable income and rising middle cl, movies would earn more in future,pobably 500cr would be the new standard in couple of years. Movie making is a business and it must make a profit but not at expense of artdian movies are like cheap Chinese products that flood the market, are affordable but don't last.
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      AWDWR
      Nov 7, 2014 at 1:48 pm
      The reason is treating bollywood as a industry. They have set gross earnings in 100s of crores as a barometer of movie's success. Dhoom 3 grossed 500 crores but it was part prestige part i don't know what.If Indian audiences decided to reject such movies and cared more about story and less about star factor maybe more people will be compelled to bring better stories onto film.I recently saw Mardaani and it was a good movie, both protagonist and the antagonist were brilliant.It earned 35-36 crores but its value is not how much it earned.With more disposable income and rising middle cl, movies would earn more in future,pobably 500cr would be the new standard in couple of years. Movie making is a business and it must make a profit but not at expense of artdian movies are like cheap Chinese products that flood the market, are affordable but don't last.
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        AWDWR
        Nov 7, 2014 at 1:48 pm
        The reason is treating bollywood as a industry. They have set gross earnings in 100s of crores as a barometer of movie's success. Dhoom 3 grossed 500 crores but it was part prestige part i don't know what.If Indian audiences decided to reject such movies and cared more about story and less about star factor maybe more people will be compelled to bring better stories onto film.I recently saw Mardaani and it was a good movie, both protagonist and the antagonist were brilliant.It earned 35-36 crores but its value is not how much it earned.With more disposable income and rising middle cl, movies would earn more in future,pobably 500cr would be the new standard in couple of years. Movie making is a business and it must make a profit but not at expense of artdian movies are like cheap Chinese products that flood the market, are affordable but don't last.
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          Naseer khan
          Nov 7, 2014 at 7:37 am
          Introduce more filth through brothelwood n see immediate the falling apart of societies .
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            Naseer khan
            Nov 7, 2014 at 7:37 am
            Introduce more filth through brothelwood n see immediate the falling apart of societies .
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              Imran
              Nov 7, 2014 at 10:53 am
              That's why Our Fawad Khan is so por in India
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                jio
                Nov 7, 2014 at 12:52 pm
                Dont feel bad bro, but fawad khan starred in a pretty ed movie himself. ...
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                  jio
                  Nov 7, 2014 at 12:52 pm
                  Dont feel bad bro, but fawad khan starred in a pretty ed movie himself. ...
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