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October 5, 2012

Hard day’s night

Filed under: Our FIlms — Rajeev @ 10:40 pm

October 05, 2012

Cast: Vivek Oberoi, Mallika Sherawat, Ashutosh Rana, Anshuman Jha, Neha Dhupia

Director: Sanjay Khanduri

A hapless fellow finds his life turned upside down, and all kinds of degenerates hot on his trail, when he misses the last train home one night. Writer-director Sanjay Khanduri rejigs the premise of his quirky 2007 film, Ek Chalis Ki Last Local, but with far lesser success in the appropriately titled KLPD…although that’s meant to stand for Kismet Love Paisa Dilli.

The protagonist here is Vivek Oberoi, playing smarmy but harmless Dilliwala, Lokesh Duggal, who follows after a pretty young thing (Mallika Sherawat) from a party to the nearby Metro station, hoping to score. Unknown to him, a tape has been snuck into his waistcoat pocket that is being coveted by everyone from a sinister politician and some corrupt cops, to a youth party seeking to expose the politician. Along the way Lokesh has an unfortunate run in with a restaurant’s desperate delivery guy (LSD’s Anshuman Jha), and a gang of petty thugs led by a slap-happy boss (Ashutosh Rana) looking for some excitement on his birthday.

Despite a promising start, KLPD quickly coagulates into a toxic mess, because there’s little else to the film aside from a string of never-ending chase scenes, and uncomfortable jokes on everyone from gays to sardars. Khanduri is an equal opportunity offender, who revels in making you squirm as he delivers gag after tasteless gag involving rape or urine.

There’s little to recommend here apart from the occasionally clever dialogue, and some moments – very few – that are genuinely funny. What the film sorely lacks is an element of unpredictability – that one key quality that made Khanduri’s earlier film stand out. Teasing you with at least three instances where you think the film is finally over, KLPD goes on and on and on, and climaxes in an underwhelming finale with a forced patriotic message. Even the performances are nothing to write home about, and it’s a bit of a stretch to cast Mallika Sherawat as a simple, helpless girl. Vivek Oberoi plays the horny opportunist convincingly, but the film doesn’t exploit that beyond a point.

I’m going with one-and-a-half out of five for KLPD. It’s a tiring film that tests your patience. Watch it at your own risk.

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)


  1. With just 2 films old,Wikipedia describes Khanduri as a “prominent” director from Bollywood. Interestingly ,his 2nd film is aptly named, KLPD, which is exactly what it is. From homosexuality, to rape, to urine, he’s managed to show every gag which can make his viewers squirm and cringe. KLPD will not make any dent (+ve or -ve)in Mallika’s career, because she’s never had one, she’s just been reduced to a sex object and an item girl. Vivek..well, I am sure no one’s missed him..Only thing commendable about this movie is that Khanduri managed to convince these actors to be a part of it. So Mr Khanduri (is that what the K in KLPD stands for? pun intended..) do us a favor, either stop making movies altogether, or wait till you come up with a sensible script.

    Comment by Shyam — October 6, 2012 @ 12:02 am

  2. mujhe pta tha ki is fuddu movie ko yahi review milna hai …

    Comment by Aman — October 6, 2012 @ 12:27 am

  3. Go for it guys.

    Comment by Sonu — October 9, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

  4. Nice movie. I liked it a lot. Vivek and Mallika had done great jobs. It’s amazing to see the typical Dilliwali version of Mallika. Kaptaan rocks. His rolling and bulging sockets have made the comedy even more crispier. Neha and Anshuman were also good in the cameo. Dhishkiyaun is a nice song by Sonu Nigam. Loved it so much. Wud suggest others to watch it too.

    Comment by Barsha — October 10, 2012 @ 6:47 pm

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