Director: Abhishek Sharma
Paisa Vasooli- 2 / 5
As I watched The Shaukeens, I kept thinking if it was my fault that I came to watch a film that has three horny old men, looking for sex (No luv shuv te chicken. SEX) in probably, the last innings of their lives. There should be some grace in ageing, please!
The Shaukeens, as a film, suffers from schizophrenia. The first half of the film and the second half can (literally) be watched independently as two different films. The first half of the film deals with oldies Lalli, KD, Pinky and their frustrated sex lives. A few obnoxious scenes later, they decide to go get laid in Mauritius- because apparently it is a whore house (Yes, they said that, in Punjabi). In Mauritius, they’re staying in Ahana’s house. Ahana is a bit low on IQ and the oldies exploit that completely.
The second half deals with the entry of Akshay Kumar. He plays an alcoholic version of himself. Akshay spoofs himself, much like Shahrukh Khan does in every film he acts in.
Ahana wants to meet Akshay and the oldies try to make that happen in order to get some action with Ahana. Do they eventually succeed? Or does their plan fail? Why don’t they just hire a f*ck*ng escort? These are some questions that shouldn’t trouble you at all.
Abhishek Sharma and Tigmanshu Dhulia (Screenplay) seem to be on some ‘Manali Trance’ themselves because the film wastes Akshay Kumar’s spoof, an idea that could have earned the critics acclaim and a few hundred crores. The film is two films in one, I mean, who missed that while editing? Oh. Editor- Rameshwar S Bhagat. How could the maker not see that?
Yo Yo Honey Singh, Hard Kaur, Vikram Negi and Arko Mukherji give the film an above average soundtrack. But JUST above average. ‘Manali Trance‘ is a brilliant song. Named ‘Trance’, the song is actually dubstep and a wonderful tune.
Overall; despite Akshay Kumar’s dexterous performance as himself and Annu Kapoor carrying on from what he did in Vicky Donor, the film lacks character and has got zilch substance. The Shaukeens is a shoddy-comedy that does not require any attention.
Hum aisi films ke Shaukeen nahin hain, Boss.
Dalip Singh Grewal
He loves fantasy, the kind where he's in a situation and pretends to be the third person watching the situation from outside. He flies helicopters for a living. He takes long breaths because he's heard 'Life is the number of breaths you take'.