The Shaukeens Review
Three oldies decide that they rather have some fun before their lives are over. When things do not work out in Delhi they figure it is best to go to Bangkok. Their family obviously create a ruckus and they end up going to Mauritius.
From the first minute of the film you know you in for an adult comedy. This also means that like most other adult comedies made in Bollywood, many might find this film to be blatantly objectifying women. They could very well avoid this film.
With sex in their minds they land in Mauritius and meet Ahana, a die-hard Akshay Kumar fan. The girl is willing to do anything to get a chance to meet the star and the three oldies take that as a chance. Here on starts a series of sequences that showcase the lust of the men.
The Shaukeens is said to be an official remake of the 1982 Shaukeen, which featured Ashok Kumar, Utpal Dutt and AK Hangal. Unfortunately the screenplay written by Tigmanshu Dhulia makes Akshay Kumar the most appealing part of the story rather than the pursuit of the three old men. This despite a cast of such phenomenal actors. Instead Anupam Kher, Piyush Mishra and Annu Kapoor are turned into generalized caricatures. Akshay Kumar of course does not disappoint. Being given an opportunity to poke some fun at his own persona, he is easily the most entertaining part of the film. Lisa Haydon too is drawn into dumb girl who would not know when three old men are trying to hug her for reasons not quite fatherly.
After leaving us delightfully surprised with this first film Tere Bin Laden director Abhishek Sharma is back. He has definitely not lost his mojo but this film is not half as quirky as his first. Willing to ignore the crassness and take the film for the genre is actually belongs, you might actually find enough laughs. The others could still give it a try just for Akshay.
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