Wednesday, 25 June 2014


By: Pratikshya Satpathy


A Fox Star Studios production.
Produced by Vashu Bhagnani.
Sajid Khan
Saif Ali Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, Ram Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Esha Gupta, Tamannaah Bhatia, Satish Shah, Chunky Pandey

There may be multiple look-alikes, but they don't exactly double the fun in this tedious, witless outing from director Sajid Khan.

Doppelgangers abound in “Humshakals,” 'Sajid Khan’s latest celebration of crass stupidity, in which a billionaire businessman and his best bud try to fend off a villainous uncle’s dastardly machinations — all amid the orchestrated chaos engendered by multiple lookalikes, each one more idiotic than the next. The problem is not the stretched improbability of the film’s premise, or even the political incorrectness of its caricatured stereotypes (this is slapstick, after all), but rather that the actors fail to come off as funny in any of their incarnations. Even fans of Khan’s bottom-of-the-barrel humor (“Housefull,” “Housefull 2”) might be put off by this tedious, witless outing, the pic’s strong B.O. performance notwithstanding.
Logic exists hastily and this seems like a two-and-a-half hour assault on your intelligence.
Humshakals opens with a 43-going-on-23 Saif Ali Khan trying his hand at stand-up comedy. He has a rich-boy name Ashok Singhania(Saif Ali Khan) and lives in London, of course. What other this city is worthy of is a super-rich Indian who owns a Karan Johar-set-like mansion, to which he commutes in a private chopper with a tacky golden ‘S’ emblazoned on the side!! So Singhania is a hotshot industrialist, but is apparently also passionate about upsetting audiences with terrible jokes. 
Ironically, he is the perfect representative of writer-director Sajid Khan, whose own low-IQ films are peppered with sad, often offensive jokes. This latest seems less a work of cinema and more a social experiment to test the lowest threshold for what can be passed off as entertainment.

What is truly baffling is why Saif would pick such a ridiculous role, again (wasn't Bullett Raja a lesson?), and why Riteish continues to play the goofball in film after film and so is Ram Kapoor.

Jokes rain down incessantly — increasingly unfunny, disparaging dwarves, the LGBT community, people from the north-east and the mentally challenged. Production values go down the drain; as the filmmakers didn't even bother to edit out the scenes where the lead is clearly wearing height-enhancing shoes while dancing! 

As social experiments go, this one tests patience rather than intelligence. It takes every ounce of the former not to take the cue from Ashok’s audience at the outset and leave
This is all we have to say about this Friday release "HUMSHAKALS" rest you can check as you hit the nearest multiplex in the city! 

STARS: 2/5

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