By Vikas Mohan, MovieTalkies.com, 05 November 2005
Garam Masala is again a remake of Priyadarshan’s Malayalam film Boeing Boeing, which itself was inspired from a Hollywood film which went by the same title.
A comedy revolving around two photographer colleagues, Akshay Kumar and John Abraham, who work for a magazine called ‘Garam Masala’ in Mauritius, are both Casanovas of the first order. And though Akshay is engaged, but it doesn’t stop his wandering eyes at all. John manages to win an award by submitting a photograph borrowed from a veteran photographer, which gets him promoted and rewarded with a trip to America. Left alone, Akshay Kumar manages to have affairs with not just one but three air hostesses played by Daisy, Neetu and Nargis simultaneously.
Paresh Rawal works in Akshay’s house as a cook and helps Akshay in making sure none of the girls ever cross each others path at home, which gives rise to some hilarious sequences in the movie!
Rajpal Yadav, who works as a mechanic, is a close friend of Akshay who helps him with his antics. John, who forays into comedy for the first time with the film, does a superb job where though he is always ready to help out Akshay, it doesn’t stop him from competing with him either.
The film revolves around how the men carry out their wild capers and who Akshay finally decides to settle down with, or rather who ultimately wants to settle down with him, after his frolics have been exposed.
Production values are good, with some excellent cinematography. And though Pritam’s music has the vigor and tempo, but there is no ‘hit’ number.
Performance wise, Akshay Kumar brings lots of energy to his role. John Abraham is fairly successful in his first attempt at comedy and he provides good support to Akshay. Paresh Rawal again shows his versatility as he lifts the scenes and leaves his mark. Neha Dhupia too is impressive with her brief role. As the director, Priyadarshan shows his capability as the undisputed comedy king yet again.