The film industry does seem to be a very fascinating place for people. Especially when you find people who are well settled in specific jobs quitting it all to take a plunge into films, just for the love of the medium! We have had examples such as Nagesh Kukunoor who was an engineer in the USA before he decided to return to India and make his first film from whatever money he had saved. Hyderabad Blues happened and the rest is history. Aman Mihani probably was inspired enough by the story as he chucked his high profile job as a civil engineer and made his first film Mumbai Mast Kallander. Now only if he had an inspiring story for the film too!
Mumbai Mast Kallander is about a kidnapping gone wrong. One builder is upset with the way his son has been blowing his money in parties and gambling. So to teach a lesson to his son the builder decides to get him kidnapped. He hires a don who in turn assigns the work to a couple of new entries in his gang. The new entries Ram and Shyam (Mohsin Akhtar and Muzzi) have always dreamt of making it big in the crime world and land in Mumbai to convert this dream to reality. In the meantime two girls get to know of the kidnapping plan and decide to kidnap the builder's son first and ask for the ransom money.
The attempt is to create confusion and humour out of it, but that fails miserably. The blame is very well on the writer for a lazy effort. The story never moves anywhere as scenes and characters spring out of nowhere. The director too takes the audience for granted when he shows the same area of Mumbai umpteen times as different places. That's kind of stretching his luck too far! Dialogues are a waste, the songs are misplaced and the film looks amateur.
There are no noteworthy performances. Though new guy Muzzi is funny at times but he is not consistent. Ex- Mr. India Mohsin Akhtar leaves no impact. New girl Luna Lahkar looks like she is working in a play and goes too loud on expressions. Shilpa Shukla is fine but she looks much older than the other three.
Overall Mumbai Mast Kallander does not generate any interest, especially when you have far better options like Yamla Pagla Deewana in the same genre. And neither does the director have good enough reasons to call the film by the name. Interestingly just over a month back we had seen another 'kidnapping gone wrong comedy' in Phas Gaye Re Obama. Bollywood indeed is a perfect example of diversity!
Critic: Noyon Jyoti Parasara
(1 / 5) : Poor