Anees Bazmee's last film was Singh is Kinng and that released two years ago. Prior to hit that the director has a series of hits making him one of the most expensive directors in the industry. But No Problem might just be the unwanted obstacle in his rise as a director of impeccable judgment when it comes to comedies. In fact it puts to test the script sense of a lot of actors. The first among these names is Anil Kapoor.
This is Anil Kapoor's sixth film as a producer and second this year. And he is yet to see an outright winner at the box office. His judgment seems to have gone wrong again as he claimed this film to be double as funny as Bazmee's earlier movies Welcome and No Entry. There is rarely a funny moment in the film. Rather it could leave you desperate to leave the theatre!
The story is about two thieves Yash (Sanjay Dutt) and Raj (Akshaye Khanna) who rob a bank and then the manager of the bank Zandulal (Paresh Rawal) goes after them trying to salvage his reputation and get the money back. Raj falls in love with the Sanjana (Kangna Ranaut) who is the commissioner's (Shakti Kapoor) daughter. In the meantime Inspector Arjun (Anil Kapoor) is a dumb police officer who tries hard to be brave and catch notorious gangster Marco (Suniel Shetty). The two tracks interlink creating a lot of scope of situational comedy. However the film falls as the director fails to keep his movie to situational. The attempt to make characters funny does not go well and the film, which could have been quite hilarious, ends up being a bore.
While screenplay is an issue yet it could have been overlooked in favour of the attempted comedy. But then a film full of gags that have been used to death over the years is not happening. Who would laugh if someone uses a banana as a gun, a scene we have seen so many times in years? There are many such hammed and loud scenes making this an unpleasant experience. To add to these an absolute lack of detailing is seen, right from characters to locations of shoot. While passing off Cape Town as Durban is still fine to the Indian eyes, how does one accept the director's attempt to pass off New Mumbai's railway tracks as somewhere in Durban? The irritating songs do not help the cause and neither does their placement.
Technically the film looks neat but could have been edited off quite a bit. The songs are well edited and shot quite elaborately.
Performance wise it is an average pack. All actors ham as per the director's requirement and are irritating at instances. Even then Paresh Rawal and Anil Kapoor stand out. Sushmita Sen is fine while Kangna is miscast. Sanjay Dutt has no variations. Akshay Khanna and Suniel Shetty are good. Neetu Chandra need not have taken this role up as all she is required to do is show her curves.
Overall, this is a goof up on the director Anees Bazmee and producer Anil Kapoor's part. It is a whole load of trash that has been made out of crores of rupees. Not worth your minute or penny.
Critic: Noyon Jyoti Parasara
(1.5 / 5) : Poor