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October 7, 2011

First in crass

Filed under: Our FIlms — Rajeev @ 10:36 pm

October 07, 2011

Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgan, Kangana Ranaut, Lisa Haydon, Chunky Pandey, Arjun Rampal

Director: David Dhawan

Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgan play rival con artistes in director David Dhawan’s Rascals, a third-rate comedy that borders on the offensive. Dutt’s character, Chetan, poses as a social worker and motivational speaker who’s trying to dupe a rich socialite out of her crores. Devgan’s character, Bhagat, pretends to be a blind Naval officer so he can get his paws on the same girl. Kangana Ranaut is Khushi, the lady in question, who is repeatedly fondled, groped, undressed, and practically molested by these ageing perverts. I’ll be on her side if she decides to press charges.

David Dhawan, who’s no purveyor of good taste, plumbs new depths of crassness with this expectedly insensitive film that’s so short on real jokes that it makes light of everything from starving orphans in Somalia to the physically handicapped. In one scene that’s meant to be funny, Kangana’s character organizes a sports day for blind people, to which Dutt offers this priceless gem: “Jinko chalte chalte thes lagti hai, unke liye aapne race rakhi hai.

The film’s plot, if you can call it that, involves Dutt and Devgan trying to foil each other’s plans to get their way with Kangana. The lines are replete with sexual innuendo, and the gags are embarrassingly crude. At one point, Devgan gets Kangana to strip down to her bikini top because he claims her bright yellow shirt is hurting his slowly healing vision. In another scene, while struggling to put a pair of shorts on a passed-out girl in his bed, Dutt complains: “Ab pata chala, kapde utaarna itna aasaan hai, lekin pehnana kitna mushkil.

The truth is: Dhawan’s films have always been sexist and regressive, but there was a time you could count on him to deliver the laughs regardless. Rascals, as it turns out, is an infuriatingly unfunny film. Unless grown men making silly faces is your idea of comedy. Arjun Rampal in a special appearance is typically one-note; and Kangana Ranaut does inspire a few chuckles, but those are unintentional, and the result of her awkward timing.

I’m going with one out of five for director David Dhawan’s Rascals. Donate your cash to charity instead of wasting it on this wretched film!

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)

10 Comments »

  1. Totally a waste of time and money . Directors like David Dhawan should be put behind the bars for not only molesting his actresses but also audiences..

    Comment by ajay — October 7, 2011 @ 10:29 pm

  2. Sounds like this move has been “inspired” (pun intended) from Dirty, Rotten, Scoundrels..

    Comment by Shyam Gupta — October 7, 2011 @ 11:04 pm

  3. “RASCALS”ALONGWITH JHOOM BAARBAR JHOOM BADE MIYAN CHOTE MIYAN HOME DELIVERY AND BOOM WILL COUNT AS ONE OF THE WORST HINDI MOVIES EVER MADE.IT WAS PAINFULLY PAINFUL WATCHING THIS DISASTROUS MOVIE.I WOULD GIVE IT A RATING OF”TUTR”WHICH MEANS “TOO USELESS TO RATE”!

    Comment by SUNIL DASWANEY — October 7, 2011 @ 11:51 pm

  4. Crass or what? I wonder how did Ajay Devgn agreed to do the film. And such films coming from renowned people in Bollywood is highly unfortunate. I guess, you were pretty generous to give it a 1/5.

    Comment by Harsha — October 8, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

  5. Ha ha…that is one angry review. Thanks for saving my money and time.

    Comment by Amit Panda — October 8, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

  6. Didn’t expected such lazy and useless comedy from David Dhawan.

    Comment by Akhilesh — October 8, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

  7. “infuriatingly unfunny” – hahaha…that’s a keeper !

    Comment by amit — October 9, 2011 @ 11:11 am

  8. RASCALS: Remain Away So Cash And Logic Stays — horrible it was 🙁

    Comment by Shafaqat Ameez — October 9, 2011 @ 4:27 pm

  9. total waste of money and time…i got so bored of the movie tat me and ma friends started playin hide and seek in the theatre….lol….

    Comment by ashwin sharma — October 15, 2011 @ 7:09 am

  10. My bad, would have read this review before seeing this torturous film, shame on sanjay dutt that he produced this porn movie

    Comment by Harish Naidu — October 15, 2011 @ 9:30 am

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