My Take – I am just waiting for the time when film makers in Bollywood realize remaking Classics is a bad idea! Sure their are a few exceptions like Don & Agneepath, also last years Chasme Badoor, who managed to do well with the audience & BO wise, but generally whats the point in redoing the whole thing in a modern way, when the audience already prefers the original one. The comparisons between the two products is the 1st thing which sabotages the film. Here, the film uses the same plot of 1982 version & ups the vulgarity & sexual jokes!
The plot itself is ridiculous – 3 old men are in search of a lady partner to satisfy their ever longing lust, after a few failed attempts with escorts in their local farmhouse they land in Mauritius & start vooing their land lady (who is half their age) in order to bed her! Seriously? They have promoted this movie as a family entertainer, but with the amount of crass here, I am not sure what they want people to watch. One side you try to strict yourself for exploring the possibility of naughty side of subject but then expose the lead lady in bikini!!! Their is a huge contradiction in the makers vision. Abhishek Sharma who previously directed the fun-loving Tere Bin Laden misses the bus this time. The movie does manage to bring a smile on your face (Akshay Kumar is trying to please a Bengali Director to act in a national award worthy film) in a few sequences. The story, screenplay and dialogues are by Tigmanshu Dhuliya, I have no idea why is he even involved in this project!
The performances – the three leads Annu Kapoor, Piyush Mishra & Anupam Kher are master class of actors, no doubts on that, even though they share a great chemistry here, its just shameful & disheartening to see them fall way below their standards, while making a full of themselves, characters which C grade actors wont mind performing! Lisa Haydon as Ahana looks sexy yet sweet its a delight watching her. The only saving grace of this film is Akshay Kumar, who appears in an extended cameo at best. His antics are hysterical as he literally spoofs himself as a drunkard star who wants to leave behind the commercial cinema for an art film! Overall if you are a “Shaukeen” of crass, vulgar & idiotic films, The Shaukeens is the one for you, my advice avoid it or watch it at home just for Akshay Kumar!
Director – Abhishek Sharma
Rated – PG13
Run Time – 124 minutes