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Grand Masti

Rating: 1.5

September 13, 2013

Cast: Ritesh Deshmukh, Vivek Oberoi, Aftab Shivdasani, Karishma Tanna, Manjari Fadnis, Bruna Abdullah, Suresh Menon, Pradeep Rawat

Director: Indra Kumar

You don’t go in to watch a sex comedy and come out complaining that it’s got too many dirty jokes. That’s like going to the beach and grumbling about the sand. Grand Masti, directed by Indra Kumar, is a smutty movie. And far from being embarrassed or apologetic about this, everyone involved wears it like a badge of honor.

Working around the same premise as 2004’s Masti, in which three friends decide to get some action on the side when they’re tired of begging their preoccupied wives, the sequel sees married desperados Meet (Vivek Oberoi), Amar (Ritesh Deshmukh) and Prem (Aftab Shivdasani) hit their college reunion to relieve their pent-up sexual frustrations. The difference between both films is that the earlier one banked on naughty sexual innuendo to inspire laughs, while this one is packed with vulgar sight gags. In fact, the humor in Grand Masti is relentlessly crude…there are so many close-ups of erections and cleavage that it stops being funny after a while.

Occasionally, you’ll find a clever line sandwiched between the lame jokes. Complaining that his wife Tulsi (Manjari Fadnis) never has time to satisfy him in the sack because she’s always attending to his demanding family, Aftab says: “Meri Tulsi mujhe chhodke poore aangan ki hai.” Another time, referring to Rose, Mary and Marlowe, the wife, daughter and sister of their college principal, one of our heroes says: “Aapke ghar ki auraton ke naam, naam kam invitation zyaada lagte hain.” My favorite joke in the film is one in which our protagonists run into an old college friend and his wife at an airport, and can’t remember their names. The joke works because it’s cheeky, and because it’s performed with perfect timing by each of the actors, even the secondary ones.

Alas, clever lines are few and far between in this bawdy film that makes repeated references to food items as body parts…nariyalnimbooaam and even doodh ki factory. It’s all consistently infantile; the kind of humor we grew out of in college. The gags too are mostly recycled from earlier hits. Jim Carrey’s famous ‘rhino birthing scene’ from Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls is plagiarized completely, as is a sequence from Austin Powers in Goldmember involving a character on his fours, a woman searching for something in a bag, and the shadow it casts on a tent. From the same American film, the makers of Grand Masti also borrow a gag centered on a urinating fountain.

As many as six actresses are paired opposite our three heroes, but each is such an unmemorable stereotype, not one leaves an impression, except for all the wrong reasons…or perhaps the right reasons, given the nature of this film. Of the boys – or the men, playing college boys to be fair – Ritesh and Aftab have a natural flair for the funny, while Vivek makes a little too much effort. Credit to all three nevertheless for committing themselves unflinchingly to this puerile film. Such a shame they’re barely challenged.

The sad truth is that Grand Masti revels in making you cringe, not laugh. Adult humor tends to work best when some things are left to your imagination. But the makers of this film force-feed the audience images and dialogues and references so discomfiting, the only laughs you’ll hear are nervous chuckles.

I’m going with one-and-a-half out of five for Grand Masti. It’s vulgar, but too silly to qualify as an ‘adult comedy’.

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)

14 Responses to “Playing dirty”

  1. Daniyal says:

    It was a movie which showed no restrain in their comedy. they promised an adult comedy and with the type of humour attempted it would be safe to say that none bollywood movie had gone this far.

  2. Shafaqat Ameez says:

    Masand’s generious gesture appreciated. I would prefer not to waste even 1 star for such a horrible comedy. All the jokes were stale even d airport one. None gets horny d wsy 3 despos get. An empty movie + a sad movie

  3. Pardesi says:

    the shadow scene (man on all fours and woman searching bag) is from Austin Powers frenchise but not Goldmember , but from Spy who shagged me.

  4. monesh says:

    It’s a shame for bollywood cinema to come out with such films..- don’t know where our censor board is heading to ?

  5. Amit says:

    I watched this movie yesterday, and just read Rajeev sir’s review
    I wish I had not gone for this dumb stupid comedy
    It was never this bad in Bollywood.

  6. Vidya says:

    Ritesh was hot. But not even a single sex scene???

  7. Anonymous says:

    As I predicted, it is one of the worst movies of the Bollywood genre. The comedy is cheap, puerile and horrible. I would not go for even a half star for this ‘piece of crap’.

  8. Shashi says:

    “Adult humor tends to work best when some things are left to your imagination. But the makers of this film force-feed the audience images and dialogues and references so discomfiting, the only laughs you’ll hear are nervous chuckles.” I felt same way while watching ‘Kya super cool hai hum’.

  9. kunwar siddharth says:

    bhai koi kuch bhi keh le, ye chennai express,dabanng etc jaise phuhad comedy se to acchi hi thi… had a good laugh today in the hall… its a truly indian version of american pie.. so not for adults but for youngs of age 18-35 only..

  10. Chirag says:

    As you rightly said few lines were actually funny.

    But except for the overplayed sex stuff there was nothing adult in the movie. The male characters were newly puberted teenage boys opening mouths at the sight of women and the females Rose, mary and marlowe were characters taken from porn movies. The female wives characters didn’t leave an impression either unlike those in the first part.

  11. Puspa Ammai says:

    Epic movie (Y) must watch !

  12. Dc Z says:

    Rajeev, of all the genres i like sexcoms the most. I am definitely going to watch this movie however puerile.

  13. sudhakar says:

    This is the first authentic sex comedy of India.

    If rajeev masand has written a review for the ‘carry on’ series or the ” History of the World- part ii”, he would have demolished the film.

    The first Bollywood sex comedy, which is historic, to say the least, will always remain a soft target for the likes of rajeev masand.

  14. Sahil says:

    ” Adult humor tends to work best when some things are left to your imagination. But the makers of this film force-feed the audience images and dialogues and references so discomfiting, the only laughs you’ll hear are nervous chuckles.”

    I agree but isn’t this another movie in the 100 crore club? The word “pathetic” wouldn’t summarize this drivel. Even when I watched it for only one time (and thankfully the last), I couldn’t do anything more than cringe at the awful unfunny dialogues and every cliche imaginable.

    In retrospect, the original Masti was bad enough if not as horrible as this one (although I was in my college days back then and had enjoyed it for the first time). Now I understand why this whole Masti theme is so intrinsically flawed. It’s so deeply misogynist, plays on the worst stereotypes men imagine of women. No surprises why there was hardly any female member in the entire cinema hall. Any self-respecting woman would find a movie such as this one deeply offensive. Most women are individuals with their own minds and hearts and it’s stupid and inaccurate to portray them all as sex-hungry kittens beaming with lust.

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