2.5 out of 5 (Fairly Good)
I Am 24 is funny in parts while cliched and boring in the others. Nonetheless, it still makes for a one time watch, at least for the fans of Ranvir Shorey, Rajjat Kapoor and Saurabh Shukla.
Mansha Rastogi Mon, 03 Sep 2012
The motley group of Ranvir Shorey, Rajjat Kapoor, Saurabh Shukla and Neha Dhupia is back once again with a situational comedy I Am 24. Quite like From Sydney With Love that releases this week, I Am 24 too has been stuck in the pipelines for long. Not too long ago, Ranvir expressed his disappointment too for most of his films not seeing the light of the day. So now that this film makes it to the theaters it only remains to be seen whether it works or not.
Saying the truth was always difficult, and lying, they say, is much simpler. Shubendu (Rajjat Kapoor) lives by the tougher option. But when this honest, 42 year old balding writer falls in love with a 22 year old beauty queen Kanak (Manjari Fadnis), he is tempted to lie. What's more, his jerk of a roommate, Gagan (Ranvir Shorey), who swears by the magic of lies, helps him cook up stories. What follows is a hilarious ride of lies, cover-ups, goof-ups and contradicting tales. Shubendu begins enjoying this ride. Why didn't he know that lying was so much fun?! But at some point, the madness has got to stop. The question is: When?
Filmmaker Saurabh Shukla plays with the idea of human wants very well as he shows two strugglers taking to all means to attain their desires, for one of being a young and successful writer and for the other of being an actor. The film is also a satirical representation of the film world and the lives of the filmy people. There barely seems any difference between the earlier films of the motley group like Challo Dilli, Pappu Can't Dance Saala, Fatso among others. The execution is very theatrical and almost similar to the previous films.
However, this time around the comic quotient is a lot better. Though you may not be finding yourselves in splits, but the punch lines will surely make you chuckle. Ranvir Shorey is probably the biggest reason of comedy in the film. The way he delivers his lines and mouths funny dialogues cracks the audiences up almost instantly. Even the comic antics between the trio of Vijay Raaz, the waiter cum struggling actor, Saurabh Shukla, the film producer and Lilette Dubey his secretary is brilliant.
The film takes a beating when it lands into an out and out commercial love story space. The entire Rajjat Kapoor and Manjari Fadnis track is straight out of commercial romantic films and too much of a cliche. In fact that alone forms the most boring track of the film and makes for a very dragged and boring end too. For the first time around Neha Dhupia in a Rajjat Kapoor, Sourabh Shukla film gets wasted. Other than a song and a few scenes she barely gets a strong role.
To sum it up, I Am 24 is funny in parts while cliched and boring in the others. Nonetheless, it still makes for a one time watch, at least for the fans of Ranvir Shorey, Rajjat Kapoor and Saurabh Shukla.
Critic: Mansha Rastogi
2.5 out of 5 (Fairly Good)