The Shaukeens Movie Review

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Martin D'Souza By Martin D'Souza | 18 Mar 2017 15:39:44.5900000 IST


Cine 1 Studios, Akshay Kumar's Cape Of Good Films and Ashwin Varde Productions presentation, THE SHAUKEENS, is a remake of Basu Chatterjee classic SHAUKEEN (1982). A host of composers like Yo Yo Honey Singh, Arko Mukerjee, Vikram Nagi etc have been assigned the task of helming the music. Yo Yo has certainly delivered humongous chartbusters for Akshay and one does expect a few here as well and there are good expectations from Arko too. So let's check out the audio.

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Arko Mukerjee composed and written, 'Meherbaani', is a well arranged romantic ditty, albeit with a wee bit heard before tune. Newbie Jubin Nautiyal's fresh and likeable vocals add to the romance, but his diction is bad and he should work on it. Lyrics are routine and filmy but easy on the lips.

Summing up the spirit and story of THE SHAUKEENS, 'Aashiq Mizaaj', can also be classified as the theme of the film. Hard Kaur's characteristic rap is humorous and so is the whole composition. There is a slight hangover of 'Hookah Bar'. Aman Trikha sings well and the lyrics succeed in conveying the amorous and philandering ways of the three main protagonists.

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Vikram Nagi's 'Ishq Kutta Hai' is a humorous and satirical take on the 'Bewafaayi' number. Rendered by none other than Mika Singh (in fact no one else could have sung it with the attitude than Mika himself), the song has mass appeal. Shabbir Ahmed's lyrics, that compare love to a dog (ishq and kutta) might appeal to gen x but not all.

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?

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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!


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.

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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!

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Akshay Kumar, Lisa Haydon, Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor, Piyush Mishra and Rati Agnihotri
  • Lyrics: Sahil Kaushik, Yo Yo Honey Honey, Arko Mukerjee, Siddharth Banerjee, Shabbir Ahmed and Vikram Nagi
  • Director: Abhishek Sharma
  • Music Director: Yo Yo Honey Singh, Arko Mukerjee, Hard Kaur and Vikram Nagi
  • Release Date : 07 Nov 2014