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July 15, 2016

Firing blanks

Filed under: Our FIlms — Rajeev @ 8:37 pm

July 15, 2016

Cast: Vivek Oberoi, Aftab Shivdasani, Ritesh Deshmukh, Urvashi Rautela, Sanjay Mishra

Director: Indra Kumar

When a snake is suspected to have bitten Aftab Shivdasani on his posterior, he implores his best friends, played by Ritesh Deshmukh and Vivek Oberoi, to save his life by sucking the poison out of the infected area.

After a female domestic help stuffs the currency notes he gave her into her blouse, Ritesh Deshmukh continues to ply her with money in the hope that the seams will rip.

Desperation is the predominant theme in Great Grand Masti, and it’s not just the film’s sexually frustrated protagonists who’re guilty of it, but also its bottom-of-the-barrel-scraping makers who set a new benchmark in laziness with their decidedly juvenile plotting.

Three married friends, each going through a dry spell with their respective wives, head out to the hinterland in the hope of seducing some gaon ki goris into their beds. But the tables are turned on our oversexed heroes when the ghost of a buxom virgin traps them in an abandoned haveli and terrorizes them to sleep with her.

Cut from the same cloth as 2013’s Grand Masti, also directed by Indra Kumar, the film reduces each of its female characters to one of two stereotypes – the shrew who stands in the way of the hero getting sex, and the nymphet bursting out of her clothes who offers the promise of sex. The film has no other use of women, including a harridan mother-in-law who is also eventually employed in a sex joke.

In an odd throwaway moment here and there Ritesh and Aftab offer us a reminder of their flair for physical comedy, but for the most part the boys are busy contorting their faces and making crazy eyes at the sight of all that cleavage on display. Frankly it’s pubescent stuff, the kind of humor we giggled at, huddled in the back benches at school – masturbation jokes, Viagra jokes, a repeat of the ‘rising table’ gag from the last film, and a scene in which Aftab plays the piano with his erection.

Alas, the key problem here is that none of it is particularly original or inventive. One doesn’t expect a sex comedy to be smart or tasteful, but Great Grand Masti isn’t even as outrageous and offensive as the recent Sunny Leone starrer Mastizaade. It settles for plain dull and boring.

(This review first aired on CNN News18)

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