Hum Tum Shabana Hindi Movie Review

Feature Film | Comedy, Romance
Hum Tum Shabana ke liye kabhi na jaana. A film best avoided.
Sep 29, 2011 By Mansha Rastogi

Every now and then you see people and call some actors or filmmakers one film wonders. It wouldn't be wrong to do so in case of Sagar Ballary too. The man changed the face of Hindi cinema with his smart and witty comedy Bheja Fry however, ever since then he hasn't managed to live up to the level of brilliance he first achieved. The filmmaker yet again takes his shot at comedy with Hum Tum Shabana. The promos have been doing the rounds and have created enough pre-release buzz for the film with its contagious party hopping songs. But can this be enough to battle it out with John Abraham's action packed Force that also releases this week? Well time will tell.

Two guys Rishi Malhotra (Tusshar Kapoor) and Kartik Iyer (Shreyas Talpade) live their lives trying to outdo each other in their office. Interestingly, while working for a beauty pageant, the two fall head over heels for a contestant Shabana (Minissha Lamba). Then comes the twist in this madcap apparent entertainer. They have to battle it out for her as suggested by Shabana's chacha (Satish Kaushik) who also happens to be an underworld don. Who gets to keep Shabana follows through a series of slapstick scenes.

For the lack of better words, Hum Tum Shabana in one word is a HORRID film. After many slapstick attempts on celluloid in the past, one does know that one's supposed to keep their brains at home and all that while watching a madcap entertainer. But at least such a film should guarantee some entertainment and not a ham fest with each and every situation or each and every actor succumbing in their attempts to humour you.

While the entire first half revolves around Beauty Pageant contest, ramp shows and model's rivalry giving you a feel of watching a tawdry version of Madhur Bhandarkar's Fashion, the second half of the film dips to unbeatable lows defining new areas of fault-making and fault-finding. The climax is so badly written and shot that a tyro from film school would do a better job than that. Not only is the script headless and directionless, the screenplay, dialogues and characterisation too is full of flaws.

Both Tusshar Kapoor and Shreyas Talpade do a decent job at trying to hold the story that keeps going all over the place but their attempts go in vain. Minissha Lamba barely gets a role to perform. All she does in the entire film is smile and bat eyelids in a typical girly fashion. Pia Trivedi is completely wasted and her track makes no sense. Maybe she is only there for that one item song which too could easily be used in just film promotions.

Satish Kaushik and Sanjay Mishra who otherwise are brilliant in their comic acts and possess stupendous comic timing too falter in this film and do not manage to make people laugh. Music is the only highlight of the film and its mainstay. Composers Sachin and Jigar who last gave a chartbusting album Faltu yet again succeed in giving some great tracks.

Over all, Hum Tum Shabana ke liye kabhi na jaana. A film best avoided.

Mansha Rastogi