Pay your ticket fare, buy your popcorn and take your seat. RASCALS does not promise to involve you in the scheme of things. However, it does promise entertainment. f you go looking for logic you won't find any. But you will find loopholes aplenty. If you just want to have a good time, RASCALS gives you that. And a few good laughs as well
Ajay Devgn and Sanjay Dutt are two conmen out to outwit the other. Both, in a way, stepped on the toes of bad man Anthony played by Arjun Rampal and are now on a flight to Bangkok, where one situation will lead to another pitting the wits of both conmen. Awaiting them are two hotties, model Lisa Haydon (making her debut) and Kangna Ranaut. Why Bangkok? Good question!
Kangana is a rich man's daughter. Dutt eyes her empire while Devgn eyes 'something else'. Dutt sets up 'Art of Giving' of which Kangana is a regular and is soon his student as well. But Devgn won't let Dutt succeed in his plan. He pretends to be blind and befriends Kangana and here begins the free-for-all. The two are ably assisted by Chunkey Pandey, the hotel bellboy who plays both ways.
While Dutt looks tired and old, Devgn brings a youthful zest to his role, playing the rascal to the hilt. Lisa has nothing much to do other than flaunt her assets, while, surprisingly, Kangana too has to do the same. Both have a blast doing it, as do the RASCALS who grope like school boys everytime opportunity presents itself on screen.
David Dhawan unleashes the two senior pros and lets them have a ball. His comedies of the past may have made a mark, but this one, though lacking in punch, delivers in panache. And it's mainly the two seniors who steer Dhawan out of difficult situations. There are a few scenes that, if you throw logic out of the window, will have you in splits. Devgn has that comic streak in him, which is as intense as the 'angry young man' element. He gives his all to the role, never once getting himself in an awkward position even in a weak scene. Dutt, has been there done that and knows where and when to pull in his weight. And though he appears tired and jaded, he does manage to match Devgn, 'scene for scene'.
The music by Vishal and Shekhar is peppy, while the dialogues are full on wit, and less on logic. What hits you hard on the positive side is the fact that even when there is no plan or plot, Dutt and Devgn don't feel the heat. They go about their business of making you laugh with glee.
RASCALS is what the film promises... buy your ticket, take your popcorn, and get set for a situational comedy.