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July 27, 2012

Crude awakening

Filed under: Our FIlms — Rajeev @ 10:37 pm

July 27, 2012

Cast: Tusshar Kapoor, Ritesh Deshmukh, Neha Sharma, Sarah-Jane Dias, Anupam Kher, Chunky Pandey

Director: Sachin Yardi

If I had a penny for every time I laughed during Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum, I’d be able to afford an Asprin I so badly needed at the end of this roughly two-and-a-half-hour cringe-fest. The problem with this film isn’t that it’s so unapologetically vulgar, but that it’s just not very funny. And that’s a shame, because leading men Tusshar Kapoor and Ritesh Deshmukh have a winning chemistry and sharp comic timing…now if only they were required to do a little more than stripping down to their boxers and repeatedly making crude gay jokes.

The film is written and directed by Sachin Yardi, who co-wrote 2005’s comically superior Kya Kool Hain Hum, but the mandate for this sequel seems to have been – “let’s make it filthier”. In the process, clever writing and genuine humor have been completely sacrificed. The plot (if you can call it that!) doesn’t hold up either… Adi (Tusshar), a struggling actor, and Sid (Ritesh), a down-on-his-luck deejay, are best friends and roommates looking for that one chance to turn their fortunes. A series of misadventures lands them in Goa in pursuit of Simran (Neha Sharma) and Anu (Sarah Jane-Dias), and a diamond ring belonging to Sid’s frisky dog Sakru. Other offenders in this mess include Anupam Kher, who plays Francis Marlowe, an eccentric millionaire and film memorabilia collector who’s convinced that his dead mother has been reborn as a pug, and Chunky Pandey as a fake godman who claims he has a hotline to heaven.

Judging the film purely by the standards of a sex comedy, it still doesn’t compare with Masti or Kya Kool Hain Hum, both of which were naughty and suggestive, and far wittier than Superkool, which in comparison is uncomfortably explicit. To shake off Adi’s advances, Simran pretends to be a lesbian couple with her best friend Anu, and the ladies make several references to vibrators and penises, even as the background score over and over again breaks into a lewd rendition of Dil dola re, that song from Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas.

Although jokes are directed at midgets, fat people, dark people, the handicapped, and people of different castes, no one is more likely to be offended than gays. From sodomy to drag, from the limp-wristed stereotype to homosexuals as predators, every gay cliché is thrown up here. Also likely to be horrified are animal lovers, who’ll never look at a pug the same way again. Sid ‘hires out’ his four-legged friend Sakru to impregnate barren female dogs. At one point the oversexed mutt has his way with the dog Kher regards as his mother. In a scene towards the end of the film, Sakru runs wild at his own wedding, forcing himself on some half a dozen dogs one after another. I’ve never been more relieved by the memory of that opening slate in the film that promises no animals were hurt, and that these were trained creatures ‘acting’ for the camera.

Amidst all the juvenile double entendre and the lazy sexual innuendo (a vet tells Sid: “Your dog’s got a lot of style”, to which he responds: “It’s called doggie style!”), there are a handful of clever lines that inspire genuine laughs. Anu complains to Sid: “70 per cent of men cheat in India.” “The rest,” he replies, “go to Bangkok.” On entering Anupam Kher’s sprawling estate, Sid notices a gardener tending to the shrubs. “Maali,” he says to himself. When the gardener turns to reveal it’s a woman, “Oho, Antara Mali,” comes his rat-a-tat response. It’s hard also to keep a straight face when it’s revealed that Kher’s mother goes by the name Rosemary Marlowe. Get it? Roz meri maar lo!

Unfortunately these are only a few shining moments in what is otherwise a crass, unfunny film. The comedy here is puerile, and likely to be enjoyed strictly by teenagers who’ve never watched American Pie.

I’m going with one-and-a-half out of five for Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum. It’s not that the humor’s adult that is the issue here, it’s that it doesn’t make you laugh!

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)


  1. I think film is good and can be watchable every time……

    Comment by Vishesh — July 27, 2012 @ 11:01 pm

  2. All the “jokes” u have heard or read somwhere are in this movie only thing is u r watching it this time! dont try to find story in this movie u will never! SOme parts are good but not hilarious u just smile, not laugh (unless u knw whts ur sense of humour). Acting Tushar is good, Ritesh is best, even Neha sharma is good! I love dogs so …! I m going with 2 stars out of 5! Watch it if u r very bored and nothing to do this weekend!

    Comment by Rashmi — July 27, 2012 @ 11:29 pm

  3. It’s sad to see Bollywood has stooped low to make fun of handicapped, homosexual, black people etc in every damn comedy movie these days. With the public lapping all the stupidity up though, no wonder they keep making them. Pretty sure there are gonna be comments here from people who enjoy such a low level of comedy and start pointing out that the review is wrong because they get entertained by anything. Good review again, Masand, you seem to be the only sensible reviewer around.

    Comment by Abhijeet Mishra — July 27, 2012 @ 11:46 pm

  4. Masand I think you have gone Mad.. Its the Best Comedy Movie after Golmaal.. Awesome.. 4/5 .. No Tom and Jerry Jokes like Golmaal 3.. Just pure Dylogs… Loved it..

    Comment by Punit — July 28, 2012 @ 9:59 am

  5. Pity you reviewers for having to sit through these films.. especially because these are the hits. Tuck.rely on your reviewed to warn us off. So thanks for doing the dirty work…..he he.

    Comment by moumeeta — July 28, 2012 @ 11:03 am

  6. thanks fr the review…u saved us frm the trauma! also ur rating is still generous i think…it deserves a negative ranking!!

    Comment by anu — July 28, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

  7. awesome film must watch i had seen it 3 times

    Comment by raghavendra p jahagirdar — July 28, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

  8. A sensible review, as always.

    Though there is one thing that surprised me. You seriously haven’t heard of the ancient high school joke (the three forms of Chinese torture) about a Chinese man called Sooki Li and his British wife Rosemary Marlowe?…which seems to be the crude “inspiration” for the name of Kher’s mother.

    Comment by seldon — July 29, 2012 @ 2:52 am

  9. Its a dada kondke and kantilal shah kind of film with better production values but absolutely no humour at all. since it takes some genuine talent to make genuine comedies like jaane bhi do yaaron, kabhi haan kabhi na & golmaal (old), filmmakers today simply resort to compiling a few old livid jokes in the name of sex comedy. its shocking that ekta kapoor has started producing moovies of this kind, and to top it all the, brazen boldness and gay pride(pun intended) with which they are promoting this movie all around the countryside is even more shocking. ‘mixed doubles’ and ‘raat gayi baat gayi’ are good examples of excellent sex comedies however they don’t find audiences. it seems it’s difficult to sell your stuff in bollywood if it is not cheap and full of cliches. that’s why somebody rightly said that in bollywood only sleaze ans shahrukh sells.

    Comment by suresh — July 29, 2012 @ 9:56 am

  10. its a pure vulgure movie…sab jokes comedy circus se uthaye hai….aaisa laga ke 2.5 hours ka comed circus dekha..

    Comment by virag — July 29, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

  11. well i would give this movie 2 stars but seriously the movie had the potential for 3 stars ……. to start with i do not know about others but i found few jokes in the movie which i have never heard or listened so i enjyed . the problem with the movie is the there is no pace or a sequence , offourse we must not think to going to this movie that we will find a story or anything closer ……… but seriously if it had a good sequence of scenes the movie would have been really good , i think director wanted to live to people expectation’s that people would come to this movie with this thing in mind that they would not find any story …….. lol !! still ritesh deshmukh was good and tushar like always can’t even smile without over reacting …… the leading ladies were gorgeous and acted not bad …… though will say this movie a descent watch but it is not as it’s every line is filled with double meaning joke so its not like other comedy movies where u can leave ur mind home ……. still u can have a watch or wait for dvd ……

    Comment by ashim — July 29, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

  12. This movie is truly much MUCH better than Golmaal and kya kool hai hum. Definately more wittier than the first part. I respect and support most of Rajeev sirs reviews but not on this 1. Watch it with ur college buddies or with a crowd with whom you share kinky jokes, its lot enjoyable this way.. Im sure you will find many laughable scenes (not just the 1’s they show in trailer) . Tushar and Ritesh have both done justice to their roles. Ignore the critics on this 1. I would personally rate it 3 / 5 stars

    Comment by publicdemand — July 30, 2012 @ 10:09 am

  13. Hey Rajeev go and take a couching class for reviewing the films, you badly need Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum is such a nice movie i will go with 4/5 for it.
    Its a bit vulgar movie so it is we can even judge it from promos itself but it is reallly funny.
    Thats my review howz it Rajeev

    Comment by Ganesh Rai — July 30, 2012 @ 3:36 pm

  14. it seems Mr. Masand was not able to understand the jokes…lols

    Comment by Rahul — September 24, 2012 @ 11:44 pm

  15. Hello rajeev sir i respect ur reviews but ”kya super kool hain hum” its an awesome movie sir i give it 3/5 stars who diserve it and i m totally disagree with ur review

    Comment by ayush — January 29, 2013 @ 11:59 pm

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