"Earn money the hard way. Steal it" rings the tagline to Anubhav Sinha's Cash, but he's going to have to work much harder than this to get his hands on the audience's hard-earned money. Sadly, the visually rich opening (complete with Pulp Fiction-esque title track) doesn't lead to much, as this action-packed multi-starrer unfolds. Set in South Africa, the story is so complex that Danny (Zayed Khan) is forced to narrate what's happening to Rhia (Ayesha Takia), but to paraphrase "even after explaining it all, you still don't understand".
Karan (Ajay Devgan) enlists the services of Danny (Zayed Khan), Lucky (Ritesh Deshmukh) and Pooja (Esha Deol) to steal a set of historic diamonds. Angad (Suneil Shetty) is after the same diamonds, along with his loyal girlfriend and accomplice, Aditi (Dia Mirza). Meanwhile, Karan's girlfriend, Shania (Shamita Shetty) has the unenviable task of guarding this much sought-after booty for the government. And so begins an elaborate but ultimately mind-numbing story. Luckily, the lack of plausibility raises such questions as: how can a boat still remain afloat after having a hole cut in it from underneath? And whatever happens to the painting that's stolen in one of the film's many action-packed sequences.
"SHORT-CHANGED ON STORY"
A large cast list, jaw-dropping stunts and animated gimmicks haven't helped this film at all, whereas investing in a better screenplay could have made Cash a sure-fire money spinner. Deshmukh is very watchable as chancer Lucky, and it is left to him and Mirza to provide the film's only note-worthy characters. Devgan is unconvincing and Deol is simply lost. Although visually striking, Cash gives value for money on stunts but will leave you short-changed on story.
Cash is out in the UK on 3rd August 2007.