Technically sound, stylishly brilliant, rocking first session but when the character of Bobby Deol is introduced, director Tarun Mansukhani does not know what to do. Therein lies the tragedy of DOSTANA, which had the potential of being a huge entertainer. It meanders meaninglessly in an attempt to find a plausible end to the DOSTANA of John Abraham, Abhishek Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra. And when it ends, you are disappointed because this was not what was promised when Shilpa Shetty scorched the screen in the beginning with a very, very hot John Abraham, which had the women drooling!
The stage is set for some seriously funny situations when the two central characters of Sam (Abhishek) and Kunal (John) find themselves in a peculiar situation in order to get a room as paying guests. Since Neha (Priyanka) a young girl is staying with her aunt (Sushmita Mukherjee) these two hunks automatically don't qualify. To break in, they take on a gay status. And they have to act it out in the open, which also results in Sam's mother hitting the roof when she learns of her son's 'leaning'.
The trio of John, Abhishek and Priyanka bond well as friends with the two hunks secretly desiring Priyanka with attempts to woo her. Bobby walks in before interval as the boss of Verve magazine -- a post, which Priyanka was vying for when her old boss, Boman Irani (another gay character) was quitting -- and walks out having won her heart.
So where did Mansukhani go wrong? Post interval. In trying to do too many things, he lets his grip off the proceedings and this is seen in the audience discomfort. The length could have been looked into. Twenty minutes could have easily been chopped off. The scene where Bobby is bullied by John and Abhishek is what kids stuff is made off. I mean, here you have an editor of Verve not knowing how to woo a woman. He has to act and dress like a buffoon and wax his chest hair, too!! Also, the professions of Sam (a male nurse) and Kunal (photographer) are not explored. Mansukhani, you lost the plot there.
As for style, the film is right up there. The designing of every character's outfit is spot on. The clothes are expensive, have character and compliment the actors. Priyanka looks 'super hot'. Several notches higher than FASHION. She also dishes out a very confident performance. Her body language spells 'star value'. After years of giving off duds, she is finally coming into her own. John Abraham will give any Bollywood hero sleepless nights. His perfectly carved physique and next to nothing 'trunks' surely had the fairer sex feasting their eyes. Performance wise too, he has scored, especially in the gay act. Ditto Abhishek Bachchan who brings the house down with his gay antics. An endearing performance.
The music is loud and peppy but not something that will rule the charts, the colours used are vibrant but the end product is a bit of a letdown. However, for a debut, Mansukhani shows he has the right temperament.
For John's butt, Priyanka's sexiness, Abhishek's antics, Boman's brilliance and Kirron Kher's 'mother-in-law' act welcoming John (she does not know whether he is the son-in- law or daughter-in-law), this film will have the audience clapping. If you are willing to ignore the flaws, then you are in for a good time with this Yaarana from Yashraj Films and Dharma Productions.