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Hum Tum Shabana  : Two into one isn’t fun
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Friday, September 30, 2011
Romantic comedy
Sagar Bellary
Tusshar Kapoor, Shreyas Talpade, Minissha Lamba
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Sigh. Another triangle. Two boys, one girl, many locations, gang wars. Sparse laughs, futile gags.

The plot:  20-year-old Shabana (Minissha Lamba) participates in a beauty pageant with stars in her eyes and dreams of a new glamorous life when she wins the title.
Kartik (ShreyasTalpade) and Rishi (Tusshar Kapoor), the organizers from the pageant’s event management company, fall for her and try every trick in the book to get her to reciprocate. After the pageant is over, the two boys chase her, only to discover they’ve got more than they bargained for when they meet her Chacha (Satish Kaushik), a don. He puts them both on rigorous training to prove their love for Shabana, to check if either is fit to marry her. During the training they are made to do weird tasks, in the process of which their love for Shabana evaporates. Soon enough, their battle to woo the girl, turns into a desperate battle to lose the girl!

The good:  The film makes a strained attempt to make you laugh and succeeds very sporadically. The comic timing and dialogue delivery of Satish Kaushik and Sanjay Mishra as Munna Military raise the standard and evoke some chuckles. Tusshar, Minissha and Shreyas give competent performances.
The bad: The movie is like a shaggy dog story, full of pointless, disengaging and not-so- amusing gags. Made to make you laugh, it ends up testing your patience in the name of comedy.
The narrative doesn’t follow a logical flow and zigzags erratically from one sequence to another. The direction is poor. The climax, shot in the horror house of a mall, doesn’t entertain and instead irritates with all the noise and chaos.
The story is predictable, one knows the end quite some time before it arrives and the numerous characters create confusion instead of comedy.
The dialogues are average and so is the music. The story lacks interesting twists or turns, the only saving grace is the humour injected by veteran Satish Kaushik.

Overall: Far too stretched, there’s nothing remotely absorbing about watching two salesmen display their convincing skills to woo a customer, only to lose her eventually!
– Pooja Thakkar

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