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Rascals – Movie Review

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on October 8, 2011 | No Comments

FILM – Rascals
PRODUCER – Sanjay Dutt, Sanjay Ahluwalia, Vinay Choksey
DIRECTOR – David Dhawan
WRITER – Yunus Sajawal (Screenplay), Sanjay Chhel (Dialogues)
CAST – Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgan, Kangana Ranaut
MUSIC – Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani

There was a time in the nineties when a special brand of comedies popularised by the Govinda-David Dhawan team completely changed the way we looked at comedy. They were loud, mindless, racy and highly entertaining. They were completely kitsch and a guilty pleasure for most. Today there is a certain nostalgia amongst a section of fans for that brand of entertainment. The slew of comedies in the last few years has followed the same template even raked in moolah. But if they are going to gain credence sometime in the future for the popularity it enjoys now, it will be a doomsday for anything that is remotely associated with intelligence or wholesome entertainment.

Rascals is yet another peg in the template mindlessness and yes, it is extremely bad. And it is the same David Dhawan who had the formula down pat at one-time. This time he takes two conmen and pits them against each other. There is a rich brainless babe, a completely style-less Kangana Ranaut, only too happy to play the bimbette who is constantly getting felt up by two impersonating rascals. If that isn’t enough then she readily drops clothes on some ‘plot-joke’ or the other. Filled with such lewdness, it is difficult to see anything funny in any of it. There is a villain Anthony (Arjun Rampal) who appears in the beginning and then in the end. The two conmen have antagonised him but the film forgets Anthony as soon as the scene is over. That seems quite funny though.

Gag after gag presents itself with exemplary repetitiveness and bawdiness. The clichéd one-upmanship between the two main leads is constructed with little imagination and even less direction. There is little background or credibility to the sequences, a phenomena which even without expectations seems incredulously bizarre.

Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgan try hard to invest some jolliness but lose themselves to confounding mindlessness. The complete lack of plot gives them nothing to flaunt their flair with. Incredible slapstick and flippant tomfoolery takes the place of comic timing. Newcomer Lisa Haydon shows skin and shows skin with little more to do. And the film goes on and on with little more to do.

This isn’t the first time Yunus Sajawal and David Dhawan have paired up. While the former’s stamp of comedy is distinctly visible, David Dhawan’s known flair with comedy, characters, smart one-liners and editing is so lacking it is a pity. There are some foot-tapping and elaborately designed dance numbers but that does little to add to the dull, dull film.

Let us simply hope that we see less of such tripe because a movie-less Friday is anyday better than a Friday with stuff as rascally as this.

FATEMA KAGALWALA

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