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'Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon' review: Regressive, yet sparsely funny!

'Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon' review: Regressive, yet sparsely funny!

Source: General

By: Sonia Chopra

Critic's Rating: 3/5

Saturday 26 September 2015

Movie Title

'Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon' review: Regressive, yet sparsely funny!

Director

Abbas Alibhai Burmawalla, Mastan Alibhai Burmawalla

Star Cast

Kapil Sharma, Elli Avram, Manjari Fadnis, Arbaaz Khan

Admittedly, the only draw here is current favourite comedian of the Great Indianfamily - Kapil Sharma.

Sharma makes his debut with the film, and plays Bholu a.k.a Shiv Ram Kishan (SRK), husband to three adoring wives. So he's a philanderer? No, explains the film; he has a heart of gold, and that's why he's in this mess.

You see he played the Good Samaritan and had to get married to a girl, as it was her father's dying wish. The second one happens due to a comedy of errors, or a friend doing some extreme matchmaking if you like. And the third one happens quite by force, by a local ruffian (Arbaaz Khan) who marries off his smitten sister to Sharma.

So now, he's married to three women, and spends the better part of his day juggling his time between them. On the advice of his "friend", SRK settles the women on different floors of the same building to save the bother of running around in different places.

So you have corny scenes like him going to work and waving, while all the three women wave their smitten goodbyes to him. Or situations where he's out with one wife, and the other two land there, along with the ruffian brother character, and also a suspicious character (Manoj Joshi). Then in another twist, his separated parents land up, and demand to meet his wife.

You get the drift. Just pack in as many characters as possible in a scene, and pass off the confusion for fun. Then there are regressive scenes where he juggles the eager women who've kept the karvachauth fast for him, and so on.

Incidentally, his three wives become friends. That none of them suspects anything despite massive blunders and obvious signs, tells a lot about their mental agility. But that's exactly the kind of mental space you'll need to be, to surpass judgment and let the film take you on a madcap journey.

We're shown that SRK is in love with a fourth woman (Elli Avram), who he wants to 'really' marry. Of course, the thought of coming out clean never crosses his mind. In the height of ambiguous morality, he thinks it's a rollicking good idea to get married to his girlfriend, without telling her ANYTHING about his dubious life.

The finale is a madcap affair, with everyone dressed as the bride and groom. If it's a Kapil Sharma film, the humour is bound to be in focus. Here, unfortunately, the laughs are sparse, and the comedy reminds one of '90s Bollywood.

Most of the laughs come from Sharma's character stuck in a fix and his secret about to be exposed, as he covers up yet again. Heck, even his briefs are included in a joke (don't ask). Sharma shows confidence and is at ease in the comedic scenes, but falls short in the emotional portions.

The ladies -Manjari Fadnis, Simran Kaur Mundi, Sai Lokur, Elli Avram - do fairly well, despite the thankless characterizations.

Arbaaz Khan and Varun Sharma are fairly good. Sharat Saxena, Supriya Pathak, Manoj Joshi add the much-needed gravitas. Jammie Lever (Johnny Lever's daughter) makes a fab debut as a maid-servant, always in the midst of the confusion.

Co-produced and directed by Abbas-Mustan, the film may appeal to those who like and follow Kapil Sharma's brand of comedy. But this is also a film where married women lead ambition-less, dull lives, and believe any tripe their four-timing husband tells them.

One wonders if we'll always be stuck with comedies, that in an attempt to be massy, end up as regressive and stuck in a time-warp.

Rating: 2 stars

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