Bollywood is getting unapologetic. That's fine. But what is a worrying factor is the 'care-a-damn' attitude that comes with it. The paying public cannot be taken to be such idiotic fools that they will digest any trash dished out in the name of film-making.
There is a lot of time, effort and money, along with creative energy that goes into making a movie. But in THE SHAUKEENS, while the first three would be a given, there is no sighting of any creative energy.
Three sex starved Delhi old men want to have fun with girls the age of their children. Their frustration takes them to Mauritius where they are seen bumbling like inexperienced 14-year-olds. While it does raise a few laughs early on, it gets repulsive as the film progresses.CHECK OUT: THE SHAUKEENS songs lyrics
The references to bad Bollywood films and superstar 'non-actors' are aplenty. So you wonder who these guys are targeting really. Is this a vendetta movie against a few actors or movies that have been pathetic or is this just an ego trip in movie making?
For Akshay Kumar, this is the right platform to get back to his critics who called him 'The Furniture' in his earlier movies. To his credit, the man looks dashing. And like his fan in the movie, Ahana (Lisa Haydon), I'm sure there will be many in the paying public arena who will spend money to go watch him. This should help 'The movie' get into the Rs 100 crore club, which they keep talking about every now and then, and which is what every 'business minded' filmmaker with no creative genes is trying to get into.
The biggest surprise for me was to read 'The name' of Tigmanshu Dhulia as writer of the film!