Cast & Crew :Sanjay Dutt,Ajay Devgn,Kangna Ranaut,Arjun Rampal
Music :Vishal-Shekhar,Himesh Reshammiya
Cinematography :Vikas Sivaraman
Editing :Nitin Rokade
Director : David Dhawan
Producer : Sanjay Dutt,Sanjay Ahluwalia,Vinay Choksey
Screenplay :Yunus Sajawal
Distributed by: Eros Entertainment
Release date: October 6, 2011
Language :Hindi
Watched Theatre: PVR Cinemas, Hyderabad.
Rating: 2.25 / 5

Ajay Devgn and Sanjay Dutt new hindi Film Rascals Movie Review:

A very safe bet in Hindi film industry is to release a comedy on a festive occasion. No matter how it is, it always breaks records. Taking the safer route comes Sanjay Dutt who releases his debut home production venture Rascals on Dusshera. Whether the festivity translates in to huge queues at the ticket windows or not remains to be seen.

Story and Movie Analysis:
Two conmen Bhagat Bhosle (Ajay Devgn) and Chetan Chauhan (Sanjay Dutt) spend most of their time trying to outdo each other whenever their paths cross. After having duped a small time don Anthony (Arjun Rampal) the two take off to Bangkok and meet a hot and rich model Khushi (Kangna Ranaut). That’s when their new conning plan takes off and both try to outwit each other by winning Khushi’s heart and money. Who takes the cake eventually follows through a series of madcap incidents.

Directed by David Dhawan, a man once known solely for tickling your funny bones seems to be in his struggling phase. That’s the only way one can define the poor direction effort made in this slapstick comedy. Though the film takes off very well it ends up being the same old comedy one is seeing over the last few months.
Bollywood filmmakers definitely have found some combination of comedy and noise and maybe that’s just why almost all recent comedies have ended up being blaring. For example, Bin Bulaye Baraati, Double Dhamaal, Chatursingh Two Star, Ready, Tere Mere Phere and the recent Hum Tum Shabana. Even Rascals falls in the same category. The entire second half where the main confusion lies is all about loud and jarring background score and actors yelling without any mercy on the audience.

Though thoughtful, the dialogues throughout the film are mostly rhythmic bordering on almost sounding corny. For example, Ghadi ho toh Rado, Gaadi ho toh Prado aur serial ho toh Na Aana Is Des Lado.

Some of the jokes do make you guffaw and chuckle while some over used and abused SMS jokes turn out to be big irritants. The cinematography of the film is very glossy and stylish and definitely there seems no cut back on the quality of the shoot. Rascals could’ve been better, more like All The Best that had both Ajay Devgn and Sanjay Dutt had it been for better situational comedy instead of the conmen drama.

Artist Performances :
Sanju and Ajay work together with an exuberant and high spirited ease and that, surely, is a joy to watch. Even though Sanju has been doing comedies ever since the beginning of his career, it has only been in the last few years that Ajay has discovered his funny bone, courtesy films like GOLMAAL series, ALL THE BEST and DIL TOH BACCHA HAI JI. The comic timing of the two actors is simply fantastic!

One is surprised at the inclusion of Arjun Rampal in a madcap entertainer, albeit in a small but significant role. Arjun contributes to the comic portions of RASCALS. Kangna makes a conscious effort to break her dramatic and tragic roles’ image, which explains why she is working predominantly in light-hearted films now. She carries off her part with effortless ease. Lisa Haydon looks alluring and acts reasonably well. Chunkey Pandey is excellent, Satish Kaushik leaves a mark in a cameo and Hiten Paintal lends able support.

Final View:
Over all, Rascals will work only with those who love to wishfully forget their brains at home while going for a film. For those seeking substance in cinema, Rascals will make you look like a rascal for having made the choice. I give it 2.25 stars.

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