So all and sundry knew that this was not a sequel but a remake of the 1997 blockbuster Judwaa. One of Salman’s big hits and one that spread his mass audience reach tremendously thanks to David Dhawan in their first collaboration together.
Living upto those high benchmarks that the original set in Feb, 1997 was always going to be difficult. And am sure David/ Sajid knew that. Hence instead of changing the film, the changing the script, they have stuck to the original and just updated the time zone. With this, quite a few situations / characters have got updated; Satish Shah is replaced by a white lady cop; Mumbai replaced by London, the need of a doctor in the form of Ali Asghar and the fact that the innocent flirting with Bindu in the original gets Varun to kiss Upasna Singh too!!
So this is one of those comedies where logic should not be taken inside the cinema hall. Accepted. But somehow, where I feel the film falters is that during the film and post exit too, you do not connect with any character of the movie, hence you do not invest yourself in the film or any activity on screen whatsoever.
A major fault of this lies in the poor editing of the movie. Even at 100 minutes, the editing by Ritesh Soni is poor. Making the screenplay seem so much more longer. For example, during the BMX chase of between Varun and Vivan, you clearly see Varun lifting a coffee cup from a table but it mysteriously disappear…. just like the ‘s’ from the previous word!! Even the BMX chase seems completely forced cos you can easily make out the stuntmen in the scene!
Pavan Malhotra’s character, inspired by Anupam Kher in the original too seems forced and wasted!! Anupam Kher and Upasna Singh do a good job.
Jacqueline suffers from a dose of poor, very poor and ultra poor make up as the film progresses, something Varun suffers from in his intro as Raja too. Clown type cheeks makes them look bad, something Ayananka Bose’s cinematography should have taken care of. However, she does provide the character of Karisma Kapoor with the mad energy that is required with a great amount of oomph too. Sad, but that’s what was written for her.
Taapsee Pannu I feel bad for. She has got exactly the footage, maybe less than Rambha in the original. So she suffers from weak writing and poor cinematography, which makes her ultra weight loss make her seem ill. Such a talent and she gets majorly shortchanged. Even the 9-12 song, cheats her of the highs of the film.
Rajpal Yadav, Zakir Khan and Vivan are decent. So is Manoj Joshi. Manoj Pahwa & Ali Asghar are excellent.
The film was supposed to highlight and showcase Varun as the next Salman and to a great extent, it does. He can act, emote, dance, fight, has a 6 pack abs and best, has an audience connect. This will be his 9th film and that too his 9th consecutive hit! Taking him way beyond the common folks like Siddharth, Sushant, Arjun, etc.
So inspite of all this, the film is a one time watch definitely for Varun, Varun and Varun.
Does it have The Y Factor : YES
Rating : 2.5/5