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Good Boy Bad Boy review

Filed under: Our FIlms,Their Films — Rajeev @ 4:50 pm

May 11, 2007

Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Tusshar Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Isha Sharvani, Tanushree Dutta

Director: Ashwini Chaudhary

Last week I said in my review of Spider-Man 3 that as bad as some Hollywood films are, they can never be as bad as some Bollywood films. And I know that a lot of you found that comment snooty because you wrote in to say so.

Well, to everyone who doesn’t agree with that statement of mine, I have just four words to say: Good Boy, Bad Boy.

Yes, I’m talking about this week’s other Bollywood release, and if you are brave enough, do go and watch this film because I think it’ll help you understand exactly why Hindi cinema is far from perfect.

While on the one hand we take such big leaps with films like Rang De BasantiLage Raho Munnabhai andOmkara, let’s not forget that we’re also going two steps behind with every Shakalaka Boom Boom andGood Boy Bad Boy.

Now where do I start with the faults in Good Boy Bad Boy, it’s exactly one of those movies that should never have been made because it’s such a senseless, mindless, objectionable film that’s a waste of your money, the filmmaker’s resources and everybody’s time.

Let me just give you an idea of its insane plot: Tusshar Kapoor and Emraan Hashmi play two very different kinds of students in the same college. While Tusshar is studious and bright, Emraan is more of the loafer variety who spends most of his time flirting with pretty young girls and hanging out with his no-good friends.

Now the new principal, Paresh Rawal, orders that students be grouped together in classes based on their aptitude and their grades. And as luck would have it, because of a careless error on the part of a college peon, Tusshar and Emraan’s divisions get swapped.

So Emraan finds a seat in a class full of bright students and Tusshar lands a seat in a class full of duffers.

The film’s about how these two rise to the challenges that are thrown at them and how they eventually overcome their weaknesses to prove that determination and hard work conquers all.

I’ve seen several amateurish films, but none have come this close to creative bankruptcy as Good Boy Bad Boy. In fact, I still cannot believe the film’s been directed by Ashwini Chaudhary who gave us that sensitive film Dhoop about an elderly couple dealing with the untimely death of their young son.

I honestly don’t believe that the same person made Good Boy Bad Boy because this film is clichéd and old-fashioned and it reeks of indifference towards the audience.

From beginning to end, the entire film is predictable because its structured like one of those bad campus films of the mid-eighties. Every single character is a stereotype and the dialogue is just so stupid that you want to wring the writer’s neck for putting down such words on paper.

This film would have been outdated even 15 years ago, I can’t believe they made it today. Which is why I wonder if anyone actually saw the film after it was completed because had anyone with even half a brain actually seen this film, they might have at least tried to do something about it – like throw the print into the sea, or burn it.

Tusshar Kapoor who’s usually quite earnest, seems uninspired and bored and in all honesty you can’t really blame him. As for Emraan Hashmi, who looks like he’s borrowed his costumes from a street-side pimp, I have to ask, what’s with the orange hair and the unkempt stubble?

His acting – I’m not even going to go there, I’ve seen dead bodies that show more expressions than he does!

The leading ladies of this film aren’t much better – Isha Sharvani is just plain dull, but Tanushree Dutta really needs to cover those thunder thighs and concentrate on her dialogue delivery instead.

The only person I pity here is Paresh Rawal who I cannot believe survived the shooting of the entire film. What is he doing in this film, someone please tell me?

If there was such a thing as a negative rating, I’d have reserved it specially for a film like this, but since we don’t have a negative rating, we’ll go with the plain and simple zero out of five for Ashwini Chaudhary’s Good Boy Bad Boy.

It’s an ordeal worse than having your nose hair plucked out one by one. If you watch it and you come out alive, then you’ve survived a tornado.

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)

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