CAST & CREW
This is the latest presentation from the Taurani-Santoshi combination under the Tips banner, and like its previous offerings – “ Andaz Apna Apna” and “Ajab Prem Kik Ghazab Kahani” professes to provide clean and wholesome entertainment. The film lives up to that promise though sometimes it veers towards a bit of idiocy. The catchiness of the name itself works to provide an image of fun and laughter in the minds of expectant movie goers.
Plot: The story starts on the familiar premises of the son dreaming up his own future career plans while the parents were nudging him to tread the conventional path. The central figure portrayed by Shahid Kapoor is Vishwas Rao, who is hell bent to enter filmdom, against the fond wishes of his mother Savitri (played by Padmini Kolhapure - back on screen in motherly roles). Through a farcical coincidence when Vishwas is dressed up as a police inspector for a photo shoot, and gives chase to save a ‘damsel in distress’, he is mistaken for a real cop both by this ‘damsel’, Kajal, a social worker, enacted by Ileana D’Cruz, and his mother, Savitri.
The peculiar circumstances force him to live out his disguised identity as a Police Officer, leading to several tragic-comical situations and resulting in misunderstandings between mother and son and Vishwas and his new found love Kajal. Complicating things further, Vishwas has to join now a gang of goons to survive, and ultimately manages to extricate himself out of a series of tough situations. All this happens, however, through some clearly avoidable complexity that has been injected into the plot. This is by bringing in the character of Napoleon, the real head of the goons, whom Vishwas catches, only to realize that it was after all his own father. At the end of it all, he really performs as a heroic police officer would have done, and gets a chance to join the police force in real. Thereby he fulfils his mother’s long cherished dream, and brings smiles to the lips of Kajal, as well as eliciting applause from the audience, itching for a happy ending after all that went ahead.
The success formula employed by the makers has worked well in this case also, having stirred up all the ingredients in the right mix to churn out the typical masala movie. However, where they have gone slightly out of track is in the second half where things seemed to have slackened due to the crowded entry of goons into the scenario, hijacking the light, fun-filled mood of the film. On the acting front, Shahid steals the limelight, as the role with all its shades of romance, heroism and song and dance sequences, seems ideally suited for him, and his understated comic approach suits the character ideally. Other veterans in the movie like Saurabh Shukla and Sanjay Mishra add the right flavour with their known penchant for comedy. What comes as a bonus for the audience is the cameo appearance of Salman Khan, adding to the fun with a deliberate blandness that is obviously comic. Ileana D ‘Cruz could earlier only partly display her talents in “Barfi”, but this time finds an ideal opportunity in a full-fledged lead role to complement Shahid, and does it gracefully and with maturity. There are a number of songs composed by Pritam, and thankfully there is a variety of moods too. Quite a few of the compositions will get remembered too, although there seems to be a hint of repetition in one of the numbers reminding one of the group’s previous film.
Verdict: Thankfully for the audience there are no pretensions about “PPNH” and to twist a modern jargon – what they expected to see, they get to see – unadulterated laughter and fun.
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