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Masti
Director: Indra Kumar
Cast:
Ajay Devgan, Aftab Shivdasani, Vivek Oberoi, Ritesh Deshmukh, Lara Dutta, Amrita Rao, Tara Sharma, and Genelia D'Souza
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Aftab, Vivek and Ritesh in Masti
'Loud and over the top…' says Jay Mamtora
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First things first. Indra Kumar is no David Dhawan. Nor is he Manmohan Desai.

Of his films, Dil and Beta were the best, Ishq worked largely due to the stars' performances. Raja worked because of Madhuri. Mann and Rishtey both failed, because they were simply bad films.

Masti is an improvement over Kumar's last two flicks but he tries too hard to make it funny and as a result the film misses its mark.

Meet (Oberoi), Prem (Shivdasani) and Amar (Deshmukh) - are three sex starved pals in college.

They drink, party womanise and have a ball in general. However, things change once all three of them get married to three very different women.

Meet marries Aanchal (Rao), a clingy young thing who keeps track of hubby's every move.

Prem ends up with an ever worshipping 'sati savitri' (Sharma) and Amar ends up with a clichéd nagging, tyrannical spouse (D'Souza) and an overbearing mother in law (Singh).

All three of them lose touch and get engrossed in their own personal lives and careers until they accidentally bump into each other a couple of years later.

They bicker and whinge about how life isn't quite the same and how much they enjoyed their philandering, womanising ways in the good old days.

To get rid of their post marriage blues, they decide to have extra marital affairs. And in a month, plan a reunion whereby they can flaunt their respective escapades and how successful they had been with the ladies.

Unfortunately, all three of them have a fling with the same seductive siren , Monica (Dutta), who threatens to ruin their marriages if she doesn't receive Rs. 1 million from each of them.

Things go from bad to worse when they find her murdered one night and are all treated as suspects by an intimidating cop (Devgan).

How they weasel themselves out of this mess form the crux of the story.

Masti had so much potential. If Indra Kumar had restrained himself and not gone overboard with his attempts at comedy this could have been a gem of a movie.

The problem here is he tries too hard. The humour works in some scenes, but after a point, the ongoing gay scenarios, in your face toilet humour and downright silly gags get unbearable.

Some of the innuendos work but after a while, you just want them to get on with it. And as with most Indra Kumar flicks we have a melodramatic climax which is stretched and completely unnecessary.

The music by Anand Raaj Anand is dull and uninspiring and the lyrics by Sameer are awful. The cinematography is nothing out of the ordinary.

On a more positive note, the film manages to flow and at certain points the gags do have you in splits.

The performances too aren't all that bad. From the actors, surprisingly it is Ritesh Deshmukh that shines.

He really gets into his bumbling dentist act and is fun to watch throughout. It makes a pleasant change from his earlier attempts.

Aftab is good though in some scenes he tends to go annoyingly overboard.

Vivek is a disappointment. He manages to hold his own in a few scenes but coming after Saathiya and Company this is quite a let down.

The chemistry between them, though works really well. Ajay's is more of a supporting act and he is adequate in whatever little he has to do.

From the ladies, Lara Dutta looks bewitching and does a decent job in a small role. Amrita Rao is good but needs to go easy on the make up - she's powdered like a cake even while she's asleep!

Genelia has improved considerably and plays her part well. Tara Sharma looks good but her performance is pretty appalling.

Coming after some pretty dire flicks this year, Masti is passable and somewhat entertaining.

As I said earlier, it could have been a gem of comedy if it didn't try so hard. That said and done though, it still is an average pot boiler.

If you're after subtle comedy, then I'd advise you to skip this one. However, if in your face, crass, loud humour is up your alley then definitely go for this one.

Jay Mamtora
Guest Reviewer

 
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