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Hum Hain Rahi Car Ke review: What a carnama!

Movie:
Hum He Raahi Car Ke
Director:
Jyotin Goel
Cast:
Adah Sharma, Juhi Chawla, Sanjay Dutt, Chunky Pandey, Anupam Kher
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It's quite possible that the film's pitch described it as a madcap road adventure/comedy. Sadly, you don't laugh once through the film.

The story revolves around Shammi (Dev Goel) and his neighbour Pri (Adah Sharma) who embark on a road trip from Mumbai to Pune.

She works in a medical helpline of sorts and carries her medical bible along with her wherever she goes. That's in case she receives a frantic call about falling hair or whether a face pack can be eaten. More? She wears spectacles despite having perfect vision (you're hiding yourself from the world, our hero helpfully explains). Ready to marry a rotund suitor that her dominating aunt has chosen for her, though her heart beats for another man, this girl comes across as a bit of a pushover.

As for our hero. He's a hacking genius we're told, works as a banker but barely goes to work and generally likes to play the fool.

They're friends and different as chalk-and-cheese. She likes Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, he prefers Rocky. That's the whole point of an unlikely romance, right?

For comedy we have Chunky Pandey appearing in multiple roles, one character that is named Chothia. Honestly, Chunky Pandey twice in a week (he's also there in Ishkq in Paris) is a bit much.

They're on their way to Pune for a friend's wedding and are driving in the night to make it early morning. Soon enough, they're handcuffed by the cops. How did this happen?

The film flashbacks to join the dots and explore their adventures through their nocturnal road trip.

If you're curious, I'll let you in on a bit. There's a man in a gorilla suit with whom our hero has a pee-war. An inspector named Karate (Sanjay Dutt), a New Year's party, and a paan-loving doctor (Juhi Chawla adding in some much-needed laughs).

Producer-director-writer Jyotin Goel (Zahreelay, Inaam Dus Hazaar) makes a film that's too predictable and dull for a road trip adventure. Apart from punning on its title, it has none of the sweetness and charm of Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke (1993).

As for the performances. Adah Sharma (1920, Phhir) is earnest and effervescent. Sadly, apart from making the film endurable for its running time, this does not help much. Hopefully we'll see her in more deserving roles.

Debutant Dev Goel (Jyotin Goel's son) has many more acting classes to go through before he can carry a film on his shoulders.

Hop into this car if a dull ride is what you're looking for!

Rating: 1.5 stars

 

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