Film Review: 'Humshakals' is for those who enjoy Sajid Khan brand humor

Friday, 20 June 2014 - 6:18pm IST Updated: Friday, 20 June 2014 - 8:18pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, Ram Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Tamannah, and Esha Gupta

Directed by: Sajid Khan

Rating: **

What's it's about: 

It's a madcap comedy. Sajid Khan dedicates his film to Kishore Kumar, Peter Sellers and Jim Carrey. It's about a rich man and his buddy and an evil uncle.

What's good: 

Sajid Khan is known for a certain kind of comedy. And it has always worked for him. He has his audience and he unapologetically caters to them. So while you might find the jokes corny or cheesy, the drag act a drag, and the comedy of errors a little overdone, his fans lap it up. There are many funny scenes in the film, even if it doesn't work for you in entirety, you will enjoy it in parts. The scene where Riteish and Saif are hanging in the men's room is hysterical. Riteish is on familiar ground in a comedy, while Saif returns to it after a long time. They have good chemistry without which the film would have fallen flat. Ram Kapoor's Johnny character with third stage OCD makes for many funny situations. Hate to admit it, but the OTT men-in-drag act was entertaining. Sajid even takes potshots at himself by using his last film as a form of torture in a mental asylum. Slow clap for that.

What's not: 

The three times the fun in the form in the triple role for Ashok and Kumar. The actresses have nothing to do except appear in songs. The overly gay characters are offending. And I won't even mention the vertically challenged humans. The climax was written was 12-year-olds. At one point you want it to end.

What to do: 

If you enjoy Sajid Khan brand of humour, then this one is for you.


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