Films | HUM, TUM, SHABANA – Movie Review

HUM, TUM, SHABANA – Movie Review

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on September 30, 2011 | No Comments

PRODUCER – Sunil Chainani, Sameer Srivastava, Subhash Dawar
DIRECTOR – Sagar Ballary
WRITER – Farhajaan Sheikh (Story and screenplay), Sharat Katariya (Dialogue)
CAST – Minissha Lamba, Tusshar Kapoor, Karthik, Satish Kaushik, Sanjay Mishra
MUSIC – Sachin, Jigar

Going by the production rate of such films, loud and slapstick buffoonery has proven to be the most popular form of comic entertainment. Little wonder then, ‘Hum, Tum, Shabana’, by Sagar Ballary follows comic formula sincerely, never moving beyond the template. Little wonder, also then, that it is a flavourless and humourless story we watch unfold onscreen.

Shabana (Minissha Lamba) has caught the fancy of Rishi (Tusshar Kapoor) and Karthik (Shreyas Talpade). She is a beauty pageant contestant and they are a part of the organising team. But to win her hand they have to first give a few love exams. The examiner is Shabana’s gangster uncle Chacha (Satish Kaushik), the invigilator is Munna Military (Sanjay Mishra), Chacha’s right-hand man and the exams are of course, tests in committing crimes.

A mess of staged crime capers makes up the rest of the film where Rishi and Kartik keep trying to escape even as they are forced to complete each ‘test’. Shabana, after quite a needless exposition of a rather tacky beauty pageant, becomes a peripheral presence, appearing with a frequency lesser than Chacha’s henchmen. Extremely poor styling and a miscast role are not really her fault as she puts on her cutesiest for us. Marks for trying her best though.

For a film that for a considerable part languishes in the beauty world, its cosmetic fervour is rather poor. Poor costumes, ordinary-looking models and a non-glamourous visual appeal makes the film look low budgeted affecting its convincing quality. It simply fails to create a tangible enough world to engage with. Banal and misfit song-n-dance sequences take away the remaining interest in the narrative.

As the loudness and madness scale up, Shreyas Talpade and Tusshar Kapoor continue to keep pace with their comic timing. So do Satish Kaushik and Sanjay Mishra. The efforts don’t count for much though. Plastic, formulaic and with little honesty, the film passes us by as an attempt to tickle that just did not try hard enough.

FATEMA KAGALWALA

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