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'Mastizaade' review: Yet another recycled, drab attempt!

'Mastizaade' review: Yet another recycled, drab attempt!

Source: Sify

By: Sonia Chopra

Thursday 28 January 2016

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Having only just recovered from watching Kya Kool Hain Hum 3 (KKHH 3) last week, one was paranoid about watching another one with the Milap Zaveri-Mushtaq Sheikh-Tusshar Kapoor combo! But thankfully this one is not as torturous as KKHH 3. Having said that, it doesn't mean the film is any good.

In fact, it's almost as if the makers were serving us last week's leftovers. In this recycle-fest (everything from the cast to the crew to Riteish Deshmukh's cameo has been recycled from KKHH 3). Tusshar Kapoor and Vir Das play two sex-starved men who join a sex-addict rehab centre to meet women. There they meet Laila and Lily Lele (Sunny Leone), twin sisters whom the two friends fall in love with.

While Sunny (Tusshar Kapoor) falls for the wild Laila, Aditya (Vir Das) has a crush on the bespectacled Lily. Then on, we're introduced to a plethora of characters - Lily's handicapped fiancé, their father (Asrani), a gay brother (Suresh Menon), and a sex-crazy mother (Sushmita Mukherjee).

There is general tomfoolery and silly puns on bananas and oranges and so on. There's a full-blown ad for a jeans brand, that is also, unbelievable as it sounds, recycled from KKHH 3. The film hits a new low in product placement, when it uses the excuse of the two characters working as ad film directors, and makes us watch ads for jeans to condoms. It's audacious, really, how they've pulled this off!

Writer-director Milap Zaveri thinks it's hilarious to name a patriotic guy Desh Premee and to call the Interval, Masti-val. How this qualifies as comedy, truly remains a mystery! At other times you gnash your teeth as Sunny Leone wearing a bikini and Suresh Menon wearing a flower hair-band fight over Tusshar Kapoor gasping, "He's sooo hot!"

There is some serious hyper homophobia on display here, as Suresh Menon's gay character is shown prowling on unsuspecting men and existing in a constant moaning state (like in '90s movies, shudder). In fact, the homophobia goes as far as to show him in a spider costume (they've actually recreated the web), attacking Tusshar Kapoor trapped like an insect.

The only gag that was mildly subversive was Sushmita Mukherjee's sex-addict character that had slept with half the guests at her daughter's wedding.

Sunny Leone looks smashing and is earnest as a performer. It is clear that the audience will buy the ticket for her alone.

There is nothing wrong with a sex-comedy as long as it's genuinely funny and not an exploitation vehicle disguising itself as a film.

One looks forward to the day where these films with kool, fun titles actually live up to their names. Till then, this is yet another disappointing, recycled attempt at a sex-comedy.

Rating: 1 star