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Movie Review : Daddy Cool

 Daddy Cool
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 K Murali Mohan Rao
 Raghav Sachar
 Aditya Dhar
 Sunil Shetty, Aarti Chhabria, Ashish Chowdhry, Tulip Joshi, Aftab Shivdasani, Javed Jaffrey, Kim Sharma, Sophie Choudhry, Rajpal Yadav and Chunky Pandey

Daddy Cool Movie Review

August 28, 2009 1:14:03 PM IST
By Martin D'Souza, Bollywood Trade News Network
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Douglas Lazarus an upright, God-fearing Income Tax officer, is dead. It's his funeral and what happens there is what the movie DADDY COOL is all about. The location is Goa and the mourners are close family and friends. There is also an intruder who hovers around the coffin. The family thinks him to be Douglas' friend until he reveals his true identity. This turns the funeral house 'upside down'.

Prior to this, an unsuspecting capsule housed in a Relaxo bottle is the cause of much pain for Michael (Aftab Shivdasani) and a lot of fun on screen. What the capsule contains is some hallucinating drug managed by Harry (Chunkey Pandey), Michael's to-be brother-in-law. Michael is administered the capsule by his girlfriend Maria (Tulip Joshi) because he is hyper about facing her father at the funeral. That one capsule begins the rout at the funeral. That is until the intruder; Andrew Symonds (Rajpal Yadav) makes known his intention.

So you can imagine the scene where the mourning family is already harassed when they are delivered the coffin with the wrong body minutes before the mourners arrive. Elder son Steven Lazarus (Suniel Shetty) is aghast. So is his mother, Suhasini Mullay. In the kitchen, Steven's wife, Nancy (Aarti Chhabria) makes plans of shifting house. She finds this an ideal opportunity to get away from her nagging mother-in-law. But Steven's younger brother Brian (Aashish Chowdry), a successful novelist living in Mumbai, prefers his pet dogs to his mother. Steve is in a fix!

Coming to the funeral are Carlos (Jaaved Jaffery), his wife Jenny (Kim Sharma) and friend Jim (Vrajesh Hirjee). Battered by his wife and bullied by his friends, Carlos takes everything with his chin up, until the shit hits the fan! Stumbling onto the scene of mourning is Ayesha (Sophie Choudhary), an aspiring model who will do whatever it takes to reach the top. She is looking out for her Carlos who told her he would be dressed in a black suit. As it turns out, she meets a room full of men in black!

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Mixing up these situations, Director K Murali Mohan Rao, dishes out a laugh-riot. From one comic situation to another, Rao manages to maintain the momentum for most part. Aftab excels in his role. Looks like the boy has done a perfect study of Rowan Atkinson AKA Mr Bean. Ditto Suniel Shetty. He maintains a cool calm amidst the madness to sometimes blow his top. Aashish Chowdry is slowly making the grade to being taken as a serious actor. Vrajesh Hirjee is good in his 'Jim act' while Jaaved Jaffery, though endearing at most times, goes overboard with his 'what maan' dialogues. Rajpal Yadav intensifies the laughs when he comes on scene. There's also Uncle Murphy (Prem Chopra) who comes to the funeral on a wheel chair.

While most jokes stay within the limit, there are a few that cross the line, like the one with Jaffery and the guy who plays a Priest.

One question to Rao: If Michael flies off the handle, downing just one Relaxo, how come Andrew Symonds sorts himself out in just half hour, after taking in four? Also, from a laugh-riot, why did the film take an abrupt serious turn, 10 minutes from the end?

Rating - 2/5

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