I had no intention of watching this film, but then I read some good reviews about it and someone even said that it was like a Hindi version of Bad Boys. GHATAA!! It was just a very bad mix of all the regular buddy cop comedy tropes.
If you have seen the trailer, then you know that this movie begins with the kidnapping of a famous Indian cricketer (conveniently named Viraj). To solve this case, the Indian Foreign Minister sends to UAE the best Indian cop (John Abraham). He has the mind of Sherlock Holmes and the range of expressions of a wooden broomstick! There he combines with an Indian-Origin rookie cop from the UAE (Varun Dhawan) and they ham their way to solving the case. And yeah, Akshaye Khanna plays one of the lamest bad guys in the history of Indian cinema.
The story, screenplay and direction is done by Rohit Dhawan. With so much talent filled in one person (Zilch), no wonder this film turned out the way it did (Belch)! While the premise is interesting, the story runs out of steam pretty quick and third rate jokes start to pile up. John acts like a regular hard ass in a foreign land and the police force there seems utterly inept. And the case is solved by mistake, rather than competence. Even the way they escape in the end is so pea-brained, you just know that someone with an IQ of Rahul Gandhi would have conceptulaised it.
Varun Dhawan tries really hard to make this ride fun, but most of the audience is left looking as constipated as John Abraham. This is because the investigation is pretty lame, the action sequences sub par, the songs forgettable and the acting just atrocious. The best piece of comedy is from a cellphone conversation Varun has with an unknown person, which is entirely irrelevant to the story and that doesn’t speak too highly of the movie. Atleast, David Dhawan and Govinda would ensure some genuine laughs!
It’s amazing how John Abraham still gets movies. There are enough beefy guys in the industry to do what he has been doing ( NOT acting) for so many years. Why him?? Anyway, Varun is talented but he needs a better vehicle than this to deliver. As for Nargis Fakhri and Jacqueline Fernandes, the less we speak about them, the better. Even Akshaye Khanna wastes his comeback, but then maybe he would have got an Abbas Mastan thriller instead. So he doesn’t really have too many options. The only saving grace of this film are the cricket scenes and Mohinder Amarnath’s acting! Subhaan Allah…
Should you watch this movie? Absolutely not. If entertainment was the objective, then Dhawan fails miserably. It neither has style, nor substance. It is pretty redundant in the scheme of things and is definitely not worth the price of admission. Infact it would be better to have SAU TARAH KE ROG, rather than watch this bullshit.