Humshakals Movie Review: Non Stop Entertaining Laughter Show
Humshakals - A movie with each of the three protagonists in a triple role, slapstick genre, promos that don't really cater to those who swear by festival cinema. In nutshell, a set up that gives ample ammunition to so called intelligentsia to just go out there and dismiss it, perhaps without even watching it. Opinions are made at the launch itself, views are shared with much enthusiasm and verdict is out well before the real audience has seen the film.
And this is the reason why I personally prefer to watch a movie - especially the kind that is aimed for the masses - with the real audience to get a first hand review. The kind which doesn't get driven by opinions, views and verdicts to influence their judgement of a film.
As it turns out, Humshakals proves to be a full on entertaining affair that doesn't pretend even once to be what it isn't. Right from the moment Saif and Riteish turn into dogs, you know that Sajid meant business when it came to making people laugh by any means. Of course one may well scoff at what plays on screen. However, if one can laugh at Jim Carrey's antics in The Mask, it isn't difficult to let the child in you be unleashed with Humshakals too.
No wonder, the 'sur' of the film is captured at this point itself and really, if these aren't the kind of jokes that truly amuse you (and it's fair if they don't as not everyone can be expected to have fun with just about everything) then you may as well stop reading this review!
For the rest, there is a pair of cooks who indulge in making cocaine ke parathe, another who find themselves in a 'Mission Impossible' situation of a different kind, the ones who believe to be playing video games with a heart reading monitor, others who feel that a mansion is nothing but a Big Boss set up, and more. One hilarious episode after another follows that deal with an effeminate Jailor, an OCD patient, a Board meeting with double roles going wrong, a night out with the girls who just had vodka parathas, a bomb with batteries gone dry and a punishment worse than being killed, courtesy Himmatwala being forced upon the inmates.
Sajid's team gives him good support too with Saif and Riteish leading the charge. Both do quite well as required by Sajid and the conviction with which they deliver some of the lines and enact some of the scenes pretty much conveys the manner in which they totally surrender to the proceedings. Ram is good too as required by each of the three parts where he plays a completely different character. As for Tamannaah, Bipasha and Esha, they are required to look good and dance well, which they do at ease. Satish Shah gets a solid role after a while and he is excellent. Chunky Pandey is fun too while Nawab is balanced enough as the scientist. Music goes well with the narrative with Barbaad Raat standing out.
With so much happening in the film, Sajid makes it all very simple when the plot could have turned really complicated. In that perspective, full marks to him as a story teller where he caters to audience from 6 to 60, hence making sure that there is no confusion whatsoever in their mind.