Had it not been for the legal trials of Sanjay Dutt, his subsequent arrest and also the presence of Juhi Chawla in the film the posters of which boast highly of the two, Hum Hai Rahi Car Ke wouldn't have gained the awareness about it that it has. Now that the film finally makes it to the theaters, we tell you whether it's worth a watch or not.
Shammi (Dev Goel) is a carefree, happy go lucky computer whiz who doesn't mind hacking the most crucial security firewall just for the lark of it. He is best friends with a starkly opposite Priyanka Lalwani (Adah Sharma) who prefers her life in order as and how she plans it. What happens when the two on a New Year's night take off on a road trip that leads them from one unexpected adventure to the other is what the film is all about.
Directed by Jyotin Goel who would probably be the doting father of the lead hero, the film is touted to be a fun, adventure ride. However, one certainly gets no fun while watching the movie. Hum Hai Rahi Car Ke takes a Hangover type non linear narrative of a present and past for no rhyme or reason. A simple story that could easily be narrated with sudden bumps on the road of the adventure gets mundane with a story-telling style that's been done to death in the past.
Claiming itself to be a rom-com, the film neither executes the romance properly neither has even a slight dash of comedy in it. Whatever loony gigs that the characters try doing on screen doesn't translate as funny to the audience as a result of which one sits through the agonizing film as a punishment.
Born with the silver spoon Dev Goel who actually has the entire Goel family coming together to launch him tries really hard to come across as a pleasant person onscreen however, it's his forever smiling face right from frame one till the end that makes for a tedious watch. Only if he dropped his over-enthu approach towards each and every scene could one see other expressions of him but sadly he missed all that out to just his smiles.
Adah Sharma appears straight out of 1920 sets and hams her way through the film. For a reasonably experienced actress as her, the performance comes as a disappointment. Sanjay Dutt and Juhi Chawla who make their entries in cameo try hard to infuse the comedy but owing to the lackluster writing they fail to entertain. Chunkey Pandey who gets credited four times in the film keeps annoying with his four various portrayals each more annoying than the other.
Hum Hai Rahi Car Ke is a rom-com with no romance and not an ounce of comedy. Watch it only if you have absolutely nothing else to do.
Critic: Mansha Rastogi
(1 / 5) : Poor