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Chashme Baddoor:  : Dum Hai, Boss!
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Friday, April 5, 2013
David Dhawan
Siddharth, Ali Zafar, Divyendu Sharma, Rishi Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Lilette Dubey, Taapsee Pannu
Finally, a remake that works just as well as the original did in 1981. Add Sai Paranjpye’s simple plot to David Dhawan’s brand of cinema, toss it with crackling dialogues and voila, you get a cracker of a film that will have you chuckling in your seats.

The plot: Three best friends, Sid (Ali Zafar), Jai (Siddharth) and Omi (Divyendu Sharma), live it up in Goa when Seema (Taapsee Pannu), wooed by the latter two, falls in love with straight-laced Sid. Jealous of Sid, Jai and Omi break up the couple, realise that they’re seriously wrong, and work towards a happy ending.

The good: Superb performances by Siddharth, Divyendu, Ali Zafar, Anupam Kher and Rishi Kapoor keep you wondering who’s the ace in the pack. Just when you think it’s Siddharth’s show all the way with his pitch-perfect dialogue delivery and over-the-top acting, Divyendu has you giggling with his comfortably mouthed tawdry shayri. Ali Zafar’s low-energy show lends its own charm in the company of loud, brash skirt-chasers.

Confident debutante Taapsee with her ‘Dum hai boss’ line, may not have the dream, classic face of a wow beauty but she’s vivacious and wins you over. Anupam Kher does a great job with his double role and Rishi Kapoor (as tattoo-sporting Joseph Furtado) is a cute addition to the plot when he romances Lilette Dubey (Miss Josephine). Rishi’s dancing shoes make a comeback in a short song sequence with Ali Zafar, eliciting the loudest cheers. As the outlandish dadi, Bharati Achrekar puts in her bit of comedy.

The star performance, however, comes from dialogue writers Sajid-Farhad. The cheeky, cheesy dialogues keep it going without a pause and without once stumbling into adult, vulgar territory. There are witticisms galore like, “Main Jai, Sholay ka nahi, sirf hero aur personality same hai,” “Puppy love chhod, pappi de,” “Pyaar pant ki tarah hota hai aur dosti chaddi ki tarah. Pant phat bhi jaye par chaddi toh rehti hai. Buddies, you’re my chaddis,” “Woh hamari life mein twist laayi, hum uske life mein twister layenge,” “Tu toh ek kaudi ka hai. Teri toh do kaudi ki bhi aukaat nahi,” “Vidya ki moorat us taraf hai, kaash yahaan The Dirty Picture ki Vidya Balan hoti,” “Jab maine sher ko maara toh sherni vidhwa ho gayi”.

With punch lines strewn all over, delivered pat by the performers, edited crisply by Nitin Rokade and all of it supervised efficiently by David Dhawan along with an engaging background score (Sandeep Shirodkar), the 131 minute long film sails through without a yawn.

The bad: As a first appearance, Taapsee needed a better wardrobe (Niharika Khan).
The music (Sajid-Wajid) is not peppered with chartbusters except for the catchy ‘Har ek friend kamina hota hai’. But it’s effective also because of the energetic dancing and choreography (Ganesh Acharya) that accompanies it. There are question marks like what the trio of friends are doing in Goa (okay, they are students but that’s just in a passing dialogue) or why their pockets are empty (no guardians/parents except for a perfunctory phone call from ‘Ma’ to Ali Zafar). But it is to David Dhawan’s credit that the editor-turned-director keeps it moving so fast, you don’t stop to think. Nor do you really want to know.

Overall: This one’s even better than the original. Have a blast with your gang of buddies this weekend.

– Latika Mehta
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