Hum Tum Shabana Movie Review

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Martin D'Souza By Martin D'Souza | 18 Mar 2017 15:38:16.8700000 IST


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Frothy comical endeavors are on the upsurge in B-town and there is no stopping this genre of entertainment as HUM TUM SHABANA, a lovable rom-com, is all set to grip you. BHEJA FRY, a flick about idiotically garrulous crank was quite a laugh-riot, followed by equally rip-roaring sequel (BHEJA FRY 2), all credits to Sagar Ballary's quick-witted directorial excellence that made it happen. HUM TUM SHABANA is the third major offering from him that pitches glam doll Minissha Lamba along with Shreyas Talpade and Tusshar Kapoor in the main leads.

Fresh from the welcoming success of Saibo (SHOR IN THE CITY), talented composer Sachin-Jigar are at the helm of musical affairs, who earlier had impressive track records of composing for flicks like TERE SANG (2009) and F.A.L.T.U. Expectations? Yes, one can obviously expects urbane-centric 'cool n peppy' music from this duo, as they have surprised us all in the above mentioned low profile flicks with their experimentations in sound engineering techniques, arrangements and composing. Comical capers are the desired dosage for entertainment but can music be equally empowering in lifting the spirits of the flick. Let's get straight into the musical madness of this rib-tickler...!

Urbane-jungle comes alive! Party Abhi Baaki Hain (F.A.L.T.U) was quite a riot on the floor and music never stops at the Sachin-Jigar DJ station as pulses races high again in equally rip-roaring and blasting Musik Bandh Na Karo. Highly infectious in hip-hop, rock cum and R&B techno- stylized arrangements, the soundtrack comes like a teenybopper's dancing delightful feast with roaring vocals adding to the pompous show. Anushka Manchanda's snooty 'girlie' rendition fires on all cylinders and so are Abhishek Naliwal and Palash Sen's boyish charms that makes it 'large' at the dance floors. Catering to the urbane popcorn flick lovers, it has funk as well as 'masti' in its packaging with Anushka's brazenly loud voice being its biggest spotlight. Sachin-Jigar's swiftness in radiating out disco-beat grooves with upbeat improvisation rules the show again and makes this another party animal feasting number. Musik Bandh Na Karo (remix) is intrinsically DJ's number where huge dosages of disco-beat fillers packed with DJ spins and beat-juggles is immersed to deliver out a typical pub rollicking feel. Party Feasting!

Cool minty breeze of romantic hues takes its mischievous plunge as Canadian based singer Raghav makes his grooviest vocal appeal in the album's most romantic track titled Hey Na Na Shabana. It has the perfect amalgam of R&B, pop and hip-hop in its saucy arrangements where the catchy loop of hook-line Hey Na Na Na... makes the maximum impact in making this a romantic beach song. Raghav's suave tones are a cool respite, adding to the immensely jovial teasing?pleasing maneuvers with a set of tender acoustic guitar plucks, lovable electronic tuneful synth beats, playful whistling, and all contributing to delightful melodic feel. Hey Na Na Shabana (Party Map Remix) adds punching drum beats, DJ scratches and spins to the magical 'masti' and comes out in peculiar 'club-house' DJ specialist number. Its rollicking fervent dancing decorum works well with singer's varying pitches and makes impeccable impact with whistling and catchy hook-line, overall an amusing piece of DJ's delight. Go for it!



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It's once the scenes move to the training in the crime world for the desperate duo that the laugh gets monotonous. The comedy moves into slapstick zone. There's lots of shouting, fighting and slapping. Having said that, Bellary manages to control the chaos with correct characterization of the cronies who form a large part of the backdrop. Never once do they look like extras, but form an intricate part of the madness on screen.

The scene where Rishi and Kartik run off with a dead body along with Munna Military (Sanjay Mishra) is hilarious. It's bright moment like these that liven up the proceedings at regular intervals. Minissha puts in a restrained performance. Sanjay Mishra with his awkward body positioning makes an impact.

While the actors pull in their weight, the same cannot be said of the music, which is jarring to say the least. The film had lots of promise, especially after a rousing first half. It's one thing to get a few laughs, quite another to have the audience in continuous splits. Though the film is not long, a 20-minute cut would have made a world of difference. It's not a deadly comedy, but at least Bellary focuses on his prime motive - to make you laugh.

Rating - 2/5




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Shabana (Minissha Lamba) is a 20-year-old who has entered a beauty pageant. She is pittied against hardcore professionals who are stalwarts on the ramp. Rhea Dixit (model Pia Trivedi making a confident debut) is the ramp queen. Rishi Malhotra (Tusshar Kapoor) and Kartik Iyer (Shreyas Talpade) are in the top rung of Paradigm, the company organizing the event. Both are 'nuts and bolts' over Shabana and try to woo her by running the other down. With tips from Rishi and generous help from Kartik, Shabana sails through the first two rounds leaving the other contestants behind. Rhea, however, is a tough nut, and pips her to the crown. From the glitz and glamour of the fashion world, where even Madhur Bhandarkar is made to walk the ramp, director Sagar Bellary, known for his instant hit BHEJA FRY, shifts into crime zone.

During the pageant, both Rishi and Kartik are desperately trying to get Shabana's attention. Exasperated, she leaves for Mumbai after the contest without meeting them. Both, however, land up at her home to express their undying love. Both want marriage. Shabana is in a fix. She likes both, but whom should she tie the knot with? This dilemma of hers is put to rest by her Chacha played by Satish Kaushik, who is a dreaded name in the underworld.

Here begins the test of true love for both, Kartik and Rishi. They, who were once promising the moon on a platter to the lass, will now do anything to get her off their back, and get back to civilian life. A turn-a-round captured comically by Bellary.
Shreyas Talpade and Tusshar Kapoor both complement each other as they team together to raise the laugh. The scenes in the first hour wherein the bickering and politics of the fashion world are shown, especially the green room bitching, is to the 'T'. Even FASHION by Bhandarkar failed to capture those 'moments'. Bellary is in complete control here.



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It's once the scenes move to the training in the crime world for the desperate duo that the laugh gets monotonous. The comedy moves into slapstick zone. There's lots of shouting, fighting and slapping. Having said that, Bellary manages to control the chaos with correct characterization of the cronies who form a large part of the backdrop. Never once do they look like extras, but form an intricate part of the madness on screen.

The scene where Rishi and Kartik run off with a dead body along with Munna Military (Sanjay Mishra) is hilarious. It's bright moment like these that liven up the proceedings at regular intervals. Minissha puts in a restrained performance. Sanjay Mishra with his awkward body positioning makes an impact.

While the actors pull in their weight, the same cannot be said of the music, which is jarring to say the least. The film had lots of promise, especially after a rousing first half. It's one thing to get a few laughs, quite another to have the audience in continuous splits. Though the film is not long, a 20-minute cut would have made a world of difference. It's not a deadly comedy, but at least Bellary focuses on his prime motive - to make you laugh.

Rating - 2/5



Rating 2/5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Tusshar Kapoor, Shreyas Talpade, Minissha Lamba, Pia Trivedi and Satish Kaushik
  • Lyrics: Sameer and Mayur Puri
  • Director: Sagar Ballary
  • Music Director: Sachin- Jigar
  • Release Date : 23 Sep 2011