Director: David Dhawan
Cast: Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Taapsee Pannu
David Dhawan’s films have the same brief – give the audience’s brain some downtime. Anything is possible in his world. One of the supporting characters insists the music notes go, Sa Re Ga Ma Amitabh. Big B did Pa, get it? Another one wonders aloud: Are Einstein and Valentine related? Okay, then. There’s a passport agent who feels he should deal with Aadhar cards for better business, while another asks: Ab ki baar kiski sarkar? It’s okay to be politically incorrect to raise the guffaws. The makers are not looking for logic, nor do they claim to, it’s only harmless fun.
As Dhawan reboots his Salman Khan-starrer with son Varun two decades later, he relies heavily on the original rather than weaving in some freshness. So, you have the Timid Twin and the Turbulent Twin separated at birth by the villain. One grows up in London, the other in Mumbai. It does not take long for the latter, who also has a sidekick with a speech impairment, to wing his way to the Queen’s city. Nor does it take time for the twins to find their respective ladylove there. Enter two Ms Hot Pants to prance around with, in some exotic locales.
Varun continues his Main Tera Hero (2014) act. He can mimic B-Town’s leading men, make you laugh, cry and everything in between. It’s clear he wants to give it his all, doing what he loves to do: entertain the masses, even though he is two times over.
The writer duo, Sajid-Farhad, known for penning comedies like Golmaal Returns (2008), All The Best: Fun Begins (2009), Housefull 2 (2012), have simply woven a lot of gags together to pass it off as a story. They even make turn a moongphali into a Baahubali when not pondering about Big Ben’s small sister. To give credit where it’s due, there was a lot of cackling in the auditorium every now and then. But the question is, for how long can you bear the double dose of nonsensical onslaught? It’s funny in parts, but meanders in the second half. As one of the tracks goes: Chalti hai kya nau se barah? It’s your call.
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