David Dhawan and slapstick humour go hand in hand. But if you thought, at least by his apology of a last film Rascals, that he has lost his hand at his own genre then wait back for the filmmaker tries once again to appease his mass, this time around with a remake of one of the most endearing cult comedies Chashme Baddoor. Does it work? Let's find out.
Omi (Divyendu Sharma) has shayris one worse than the other at the tip of his tongue, Jai (Siddharth) considers himself no less than the Jai (Amitabh Bachchan) of Sholay. Both rakes and compulsive flirts set their eyes on Seema (Taapse Pannu) and try to outwit each other to woo her. However, their attempts all fail severely. In the meantime, their rather gentle and reticent friend Siddharth aka Sid (Ali Zafar) scores with the girl in an instant. Green with envy, the two then try to separate them. What happens to the couple follows through the rest of the plot.
David Dhawan's Chashme Baddoor is a far cry from the Sai Paranjpe classic. Its basic premise may just be the same but the screenplay gets re-written completely to give in for a new film altogether. But the question is how many has Hindi cinema seen men outsmarting each other to woo one girl? Many. Even Dhawan's own films amongst the staggering count of 40 have had the formula applied generously. So to say there's a tinge of novelty in the film it would be wrong.
While the original was subtle and simple, the remake is loud almost to the point of being raucous and also extremely fast paced. There's way too much happening at every given point aided with either the ear splitting background score or the jarring decible levels of the actors.
David has made efforts to make the story more new age, young and fresh however, in the process has also stripped it off its charm. The humour for most parts in the film is extremely slapstick and straight out of SMS PJs. But there are some geniunely funny ones and even some lame ones too that make you laugh despite yourself.
The filmmaker also gives a spin to the character of Lallan Miyan played by Saeed Jaffery in the original by introducing Rishi Kapoor as Joseph Furtado. The love angle between Rishi Kapoor and Lilette Dubey, although endearingly portrayed, isn't new to the eyes and hence doesn't leave an impact.
On the acting front all three actors Siddhart, Divyendu Sharma and Ali Zafar bow to the script requirements and ham, exaggerate and go over the top at every scene. Taapse too is just about okay and blends into the antics quite well. The season stars Rishi Kapoor and Lilette Dubey act brilliantly.
Music by Sajid Wajid has ample hooklines but it doesn't quite stay with the listener.
To sum it up, Chashme Baddoor is yet another slapstick affair by David Dhawan and doesn't leave you in splits as it should.