Rascals Movie Review

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Martin D'Souza By Martin D'Souza | 18 Mar 2017 15:38:25.8530000 IST


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After KAMINEY (2009), its RASCALS... the trend of using abusive/cheeky or cuss-words as title continues with this bumpy comical ride! After the dazzling success of PARTNER (2007), director David Dhawan makes his biggest presence felt this year with this flick. Packed with bankable star-cast (Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgn and Kangna Ranaut), it promises truckloads of slapstick comical entertainment, as all his previous films have accomplished this feat in the last few years. On the musical front, David Dhawan's recent set of releases PARTNER (2007), SHAADI NO.1 (2005), MAINE PYAR KYUN KIYA (2005) and MUJHSE SHAADI KAROGI (2004) were potential entertainers and each provided a couple of big chartbusting hits in their respective years. Vishal-Shekhar (V-S) leads this hilariously sounding musical bandwagon with lyrical support of equally promising Anvita Dutt and Irshaad Kamil. Can they together make it big on charts? Let's find out...

Partners in crime! David Dhawan's typical mad-cap entertainer is all set for an enthralling journey as the album kick-starts off with a 'nonsensical' frolicsome title track 'Rascals'. It brings out an emblematic feel of 'Golmaal...Golmaal' (GOLMAAL-FUN UNLIMNITED -2006) in its crazy signature tuneful feel, one of the most likable contributes by Vishal-Shekhar in genre of slapstick comical flicks. In terms of chirpy lyrical settings ('Hai chalu cheet charlie, Hum hai lafantar do, Hai lucche phir bhi classy, it is a wonder no...) by Anvita Dutt and Irshad Kaamil, this title track recreates the tomfoolery gust of 'Do you wanna Partner' (PARTNER -2007), title track of director's last flick. Neeraj Sridhar's breezy vocals in lighthearted tones evoke humor, but this soundtrack is moreover a visual treat where the 'monkey-business' of two protagonists will get glorified on the big screen. It's an average score by V-S that should be doing well in catalyzing out the funny humor-quotient of the flick. 'Rascals (Dance Mix)' is a typical massy 'club dancing remix' number that can be utilized potentially in promos as well in DJ parties.

Outrageously loud slapstick comical spells enters into bhangra zone in ostentatiously conceived 'Tik Tuk'. Daler Mehndi's boisterously ballistic voice is 'full- of- energy' in rendering out this frolicsome number. Once again, V-S composing follows David Dhawan's style of music, as it pours out the mad-cap happenings of 'Bhootni Ke' (SINGH IS KINNG) into the slapstick comical humor of the situation. It's loaded with funky sounds that are primarily works of electronically tuned synth beats and heavy drumming. Monali Thakur's soft vocals in the middle interludes adds sobriety but its Daler's flamboyancy along with hip-hop emceeing that makes it an entertainer.



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David Dhawan unleashes the two senior pros and lets them have a ball. His comedies of the past may have made a mark, but this one, though lacking in punch, delivers in panache. And it's mainly the two seniors who steer Dhawan out of difficult situations. There are a few scenes that, if you throw logic out of the window, will have you in splits. Devgn has that comic streak in him, which is as intense as the 'angry young man' element. He gives his all to the role, never once getting himself in an awkward position even in a weak scene. Dutt, has been there done that and knows where and when to pull in his weight. And though he appears tired and jaded, he does manage to match Devgn, 'scene for scene'.

The music by Vishal and Shekhar is peppy, while the dialogues are full on wit, and less on logic. What hits you hard on the positive side is the fact that even when there is no plan or plot, Dutt and Devgn don't feel the heat. They go about their business of making you laugh with glee.

RASCALS is what the film promises... buy your ticket, take your popcorn, and get set for a situational comedy.

Rating - 3/5



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Pay your ticket fare, buy your popcorn and take your seat. RASCALS does not promise to involve you in the scheme of things. However, it does promise entertainment. f you go looking for logic you won't find any. But you will find loopholes aplenty. If you just want to have a good time, RASCALS gives you that. And a few good laughs as well

Ajay Devgn and Sanjay Dutt are two conmen out to outwit the other. Both, in a way, stepped on the toes of bad man Anthony played by Arjun Rampal and are now on a flight to Bangkok, where one situation will lead to another pitting the wits of both conmen. Awaiting them are two hotties, model Lisa Haydon (making her debut) and Kangna Ranaut. Why Bangkok? Good question!

Kangana is a rich man's daughter. Dutt eyes her empire while Devgn eyes 'something else'. Dutt sets up 'Art of Giving' of which Kangana is a regular and is soon his student as well. But Devgn won't let Dutt succeed in his plan. He pretends to be blind and befriends Kangana and here begins the free-for-all. The two are ably assisted by Chunkey Pandey, the hotel bellboy who plays both ways.

While Dutt looks tired and old, Devgn brings a youthful zest to his role, playing the rascal to the hilt. Lisa has nothing much to do other than flaunt her assets, while, surprisingly, Kangana too has to do the same. Both have a blast doing it, as do the RASCALS who grope like school boys everytime opportunity presents itself on screen.



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David Dhawan unleashes the two senior pros and lets them have a ball. His comedies of the past may have made a mark, but this one, though lacking in punch, delivers in panache. And it's mainly the two seniors who steer Dhawan out of difficult situations. There are a few scenes that, if you throw logic out of the window, will have you in splits. Devgn has that comic streak in him, which is as intense as the 'angry young man' element. He gives his all to the role, never once getting himself in an awkward position even in a weak scene. Dutt, has been there done that and knows where and when to pull in his weight. And though he appears tired and jaded, he does manage to match Devgn, 'scene for scene'.

The music by Vishal and Shekhar is peppy, while the dialogues are full on wit, and less on logic. What hits you hard on the positive side is the fact that even when there is no plan or plot, Dutt and Devgn don't feel the heat. They go about their business of making you laugh with glee.

RASCALS is what the film promises... buy your ticket, take your popcorn, and get set for a situational comedy.

Rating - 3/5


Rating 3/5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgan, Arjun Rampal, Kangna Ranaut and Lisa Haydon
  • Lyrics: Anvita Dutt and Irshaad Kamil
  • Director: David Dhawan
  • Music Director: Vishal-Shekhar
  • Release Date : 06 Oct 2011

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