Salman Khan's clearly on a roll. Salmania started with WANTED, continued with DABANGG, and now it's all set to get stronger with READY. In fact, the success of WANTED and DABANGG, was in all likelihood, the reason to make READY. The film has Salman Khan written all over it.
Salman plays Prem (for the nth time), a 'bholi shakal wala kamina'. He stays in a HUM AAPKE HAIN KAUN type happy joint family. Sanjana (Asin) enters Prem's life pretending to be the US returned Pooja, Prem's potential wife. Even Prem isn't aware about Sanjana's asliyat. She's actually on the run because of her warring mamas, who want to get her married to their respective saalas, so that they can inherit her property. When Prem is made aware about this, he decides to put an end to the animosity between the brothers, but in his own unique style.
Director Anees Bazmee kicks off the film nicely with short character introductions (Mahesh Manjerekar's forgetful character is clearly lifted from KHOOBSOORAT). And to introduce Prem's character, there's the Character Dheela item song with Zarine Khan. Even the initial fights between Sanjana and Prem infuse freshness. The first half is breezy, sprinkled with the right amount of humour. So far, so good.
After the 'pee/tea break' (read interval), the graph of the narrative does dip. The typical Anees Bazmee type humour takes over. Prem's action scenes in the climax do manage to elevate the proceedings to a certain extent. But unlike DABANGG, there aren't many dialogues or action sequences that you'll treasure for a long time.
Sunil Patel and Thomas Xavier's cinematography is great. Pritam's music is good, with Dhinka Chika being the peppiest number. However some songs do appear forced in the narrative.
Salman Khan is in his element. His usual style and charisma is very much there. Asin is nice and has a meaty role. Paresh Rawal is excellent. Mahesh Manjerekar gets a well etched out character. Manoj Joshi gets a good role. Sudesh Lehri is hilarious. Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgn, Kangna Ranaut, Zarine Khan, Chunky Pandey and Arbaaz Khan are fun to watch in their cameos. All the other actors are fine in their respective roles.
Apart from Salman, READY has enough masala to be a complete entertainer.
P.S. For all the girls, Salman Khan does remove his shirt in one scene.