After decades of sure shot formulas, Bollywood is now witnessing a wave of experimental cinema. Seemingly for the first time a brand philosophy has been developed into a full-fledged feature length film. Red Chillies Idiot Box's (TV arm of Shahrukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment) latest release MEN WILL BE MEN, which also happens to be the tagline of Seagram's (alcohol brand) Imperial Blue, has been expanded into a 76-minute feature film.
MEN WILL BE MEN is the story about four guys who are working together in the same office in different departments. Preet (Rajesh Kumar) is the only married person in the group and doesn't mind cheating on his wife. Bobby (Rahil Tandon) is presently engaged to a girl in Bareili. Though unhappy, he has accepted it. Jimmy (Gaurav Chopra) is the hot shot who is single and a guy who knows how to live the good life and then there is Sunder (Rohit Khurana) who is fun loving, penny-pinching and single, but by choice. Meeting over a drink at some bar after office hours is a usual thing for them. Stuck by monotony, the guys want some thrill in their lives and this is when they decide a spontaneous vacation to Pattaya. The four of them take a time off to Pattaya with the sole intention there will be girls, alcohol and too much fun. However all four fall for the same girl and throughout the film chase a single girl, Deepa (Zeenal Kamdar), the relationship manager of the hotel (where the boys are staying) and a part time yoga instructor. But what happens when their little game gets caught?
After watching the film MEN WILL BE MEN the very first question that comes to mind is 'Were the makers serious about making this film?' or 'Was it an abrupt decision taken in a jiffy to give the small idea a shape of a film?'
Certainly we have seen movies with similar concept in the past, which were skewed towards male bonding or male humour. We would have still welcomed MEN WILL BE MEN with open arms had the makers taken some keen interest in making the film in a much better way right from script to casting to dialogues and punches to acting. There have been enough well made small budget films then why did the makers miss the bus of creating a full to dhamaal movie?
Debutant director Gorky in less than 5 minutes takes us to Pattaya. The beginning of the film looks hasty, but never mind as the fun begins when the naughty quartet arrive in Pattaya. The film is devoid of a stout script and the twist in the tale (the climax) too appears childish. The conflict, introduced towards the end, is also forced. However it's the proceedings of the film which engage us to know what will happen next. There are some laughing moments too but those are far and few between.
The music by Harpreet and Advait Nemlekar is below average and the three songs in the film add no value to the film.
The film majorly suffers because of its short length and the performances. Because of its time constraint the film looks incomplete, especially the climax appears to be done too hurriedly. As the foursome - Gaurav Chopra, Rohit Khurana, Rajesh Kumar, Rahil Tandon hail from Television industry, their performances too carry the hangover of daily soaps. The amount of chemistry required between them seems to be missing. While Gaurav Chopra is too restrained in his performance, Rahil Tandon overacts, Rohit Khurana pulls all his energies but fails to entice. However Rajesh Kumar performs well in his character. Newcomer Zeenal looks baffled majority of the times. Rajesh Khattar is wasted.