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Hum Tum Aur Shabana

What do you do with a film which is purportedly a comedy and delivers not one single laugh?

Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi |
September 30, 2011 6:26:42 pm

Director: Sagar Ballary

Cast: Tusshar Kapoor,Shreyas Talpade,Minissha Lamba,Satish Kaushik

Indian Express rating:1/2

What do you do with a film which is purportedly a comedy and delivers not one single laugh? This thought struggled to come to the fore,but the poor thing never had a chance,given the relentless awfulness of ‘Hum Tum Aur Shabana’.

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Two guys fighting over a girl,despite being the oldest idea in the book,can be freshened by a director who knows what he is doing. Is this really Sagar Ballary who helmed ‘Bheja Fry’? Given that ‘Bheja Fry’ was a frame-by-frame copy,it still required a modicum of footwork to fit that into an Indian milieu. Or was that film’s appeal down to its actors : Rajat Kapoor-Vinay Pathak- Ranvir Shorey?

This one has Tusshar Kapoor-Shreyas Talpade-Minissha Lamba. The fellows have had long practice in hamming it to the hilt in braindead comedies. And that’s a perfectly acceptable thing. No point in trying to be brainy in such films where the possession of it is a liability. But then those movies are done by those who understand the genre,and know exactly how to get the laughs.

Not one person on this enterprise would know a genuine laugh if it came and bit them in their behind. Lamba plays the contestant of a beauty pageant,and the two guys rivals for her affection,in some obscure spot in Goa. We know it is Goa because a map shows us an arrow between Mumbai and Goa,or it could be any beat-up hotel with a beat-up pool,and sorry extras behaving like models. There’s also a ramp,and judges,and a contest,all of which is gone through with not one little snigger : it helps that the leading lady doesn’t seem to have a single solitary funny bone in her body.

Post interval,it becomes another film,even more ghastly. Lamba turns out to be daughter/niece/something of an underworld don/mobster/something. In Satish Kaushik’s varied career,this has to be the worst thing he’s done. Or close.

I wanted to stay till the bitter end to see just what could be worse than awful,but I turned chicken. Running away is often the only way to survive.

shubhra.gupta@expressindia.com

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