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Movie Review : Hum Tum Shabana

 Hum Tum Shabana
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Starring :
 Sagar Ballary
 Sachin- Jigar
 Sameer and Mayur Puri
 Tusshar Kapoor, Shreyas Talpade, Minissha Lamba, Pia Trivedi and Satish Kaushik

Hum Tum Shabana Movie Review

September 30, 2011 12:49:11 PM IST
By Martin D'Souza, Glamsham Editorial
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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

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