Hello Darling review: Few laughs but a novel premise

Hello Darling review: Few laughs but a novel premise

Source: General

By: Sonia Chopra

Critic's Rating: 3/5

Monday 30 August 2010

Movie Title

Hello Darling review: Few laughs but a novel premise


Manoj Tiwari

Star Cast

Gul Panag, Celina Jaitly, Eesha Koppikhar, Javed Jaffrey

The idea is interesting enough. Three fashion designers (Gul Panag, Celina Jaitly, Eesha Koppikhar) are sick of their chauvinistic, skirt-chasing boss (Javed Jaffrey). One evening the three employees bond over alcohol and boss-bashing. But typically, all we hear in this girl?s night out are drunken, shrill squeals.

Sexual advances apart, this boss-from-hell regularly assigns Creative Head (Gul Panag) menial tasks like making his coffee. And on one such day, Panag adds rat poison to the coffee instead of sugar. It?s not an intentional gaffe and she doesn?t even realise her fatal mistake for a while.

The next thing they know, there?s a thud and the boss?s on the floor unconscious. Assuming he?s dead, the terrified girls go to the hospital and decide on doing away with the dead body to avoid police investigation.

Turns out they have the wrong body - their boss is alive and has enough evidence to nail the girls. And so he puts forth an indecent proposal: the girls have to choose between jail and him.

Then the girls hatch a plan.

The second half unfolds as the girls chalk out a scheme to get even with their sleazy boss. It?s a cute idea, one that needed smarter treatment to make it work.

There are some interesting girl power moments: the one where the three protagonists introduce revolutionary changes at the workplace. Employees are given targets to complete and can choose their own work hours; and the introduction of a cr?che where working moms can bring their children to the office.

The company ends up doing splendid business attracting the attention of the big boss (Sunny Deol, miscast). Then there?s the hilarious parallel track of the shady boss?s simple Gujarati wife (Divya Dutta, superb) who enlists the help of a local `Pati Sudhar Samiti? that sets errant husbands straight.

Debut director Manoj Tiwari starts off with an interesting premise, but makes it a below-par comedy. Writers Pankaj Tiwari (Kyaa Kool Hain Hum) and Sachin Shah (Ek ? The power of One), divide the film into over-the-top `incidents? that don?t quite connect.

Thankfully the humour in this film is far less objectionable and vulgar than the other ?comedies? that viewers are subjected to. But the other humour formulas are retained: there?s the homosexual joke, Christians are made to say `what man? without context and have names like Candy and Rocky, and there?s the electric shock scene ? a bizarre must-have in current comedies.

Among the three actresses, Gul Panag saves the day somewhat. Javed Jaffrey is alright. Divya Dutta is incredible and her comic timing is marvellous. Seema Biswas in a short cameo is powerful.

The film is inspired from the 1980 hit Nine to Five that shot Dolly Parton to instant fame. This one nowhere matches the former?s entertainment quotient.

Watch it if you can forgive bad acting and inadequate storytelling for a few (very few) laughs and a novel premise.

Rating: 2 stars

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