There are three sets of best friends. The mother of all similarities is that all three have the same name: Ashok and Kumar.
There are also three sets of a heavyset Ram Kapoor. So Sajid Khan would have thought that this is game, set and match for him. A 'blockbuster film'. It is, if he has targeted this movie for five-year-olds!
After the licking this 'blockbuster director' got for 'creatively rejuvenating' HIMMATWALLA (the Jeetendra-Sridevi starrer of the eighties) he is set for a lynching! Sajid himself tells us during the narration of his latest 'spark of genius' that watching HIMMATWALA is worse than Chinese torture.
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Sajid tries this; if it was a 15-minute film, he would have succeeded. After six minutes, the torture begins. Riteish Deshmukh's Kumar asks Saif Ali Khan's Ashok, a millionaire in the UK who likes to crack poor jokes. ''Aap har hafte apni beizatti kyu karte ho?''
The same can be asked of Sajid.
Ashok, the billionaire has a friend in Kumar. An evil Mama (Ram Kapoor) wants to usurp the empire. After putting Ashok's dad in a coma, the Mama now wants to prove that Ashok is a mental case and almost succeeds after he has a doctor concoct a potent mixture which when mixed with water and is consumed by the person makes him behave like a dog.
The madness begins when these two are sent to the mental asylum. In Ward A of the same asylum are another Ashok and Kumar who behave like five-year-olds. The doctors realize that the billionaire Ashok is not insane and are set to release him and his friend. However, as Sajid would have it, the wrong set is set free.
You are then educated in Stage 3 of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and MAD (Mind Altering Drug). There's also the comatose gentleman who appears at the end on the wheelchair and Prince Charles who speaks fluent Hindi. Since the movie is almost three-hours long, Sajid decides to have some fun with his triple roles getting them to dress as drags, just for gags! CHECK OUT: HUMSHAKALS movie dialogues
Of the entire cast, it is only Riteish Deskmukh who stands out with his comic act. But even for a Riteish to last out that long is quite a task. He tires in the end. Saif is given the tougher task of carrying the poor jokes and falters at every step.
I understand that this is kindergarten humour at its best, but I have just one question for Sajid; is HUMSHAKALS really a tribute to Kishore Kumar and Jim Carrey?
You are a joking, right?