Comedy that fails to be so
Shaadi No. 1
Genre: Comedy (attempted)
Cast: Fardeen Khan, Zayed Khan, Sharman Joshi, Esha Deol, Soha Ali Khan, Ayesha Takia, Sanjay Dutt, Aarti Chhabria, Sophie Chaudhary, Riya Sen Director: David Dhawan
Storyline: Three married guys try to make their extra-marital affairs work.
Bottomline: David Dhawan tries too hard to make this movie work.
For starters, David Dhawan is let down by silly writing. So much that even a usually effective Sanjay Dutt playing "Paaji" churning out Punjabi punchlines (like in "Jodi No.1" and "Ek Aur Ek Gyarah") turns out to be an irritant.
The two dozen limericks he comes up with in the course of the movie make it impossible to sit through.
Half the jokes in the film don't work. The writers try hard to ensure all three heroes have a funny line in each scene, so much that after a couple of scenes, even the order of dialogue delivery becomes predictable. Some of lines are corny, some of them risqué and all of them try hard to be funny.
The movie starts off well when the director introduces us to the lives and wives of Raj (Fardeen), Veer (Zayed) and Aryan (Sharman). Bhawna (Ayesha), Diya (Esha) and Sonia (Soha) who play the respective wives, do not have time for their hubby, as they get busy with religion (Bhawna) and careers (Diya models and Sonia practices law). So when big boss Satish Shah asks the boys to win-and-break-hearts of his three daughters, Madhuri (Riya), Rekha (Aarti) and Dimple (Sophie), so that the sizzling sisters settle for an arranged marriage, the heroes jump at the opportunity.
The wooing-the-girl gimmicks are good fun, especially Zayed as Spiderman, brings the roof down.
But once Sanjay Dutt as the mysterious Lucky Paaji enters the house, the entire movie comes tumbling down. This is where inane limericks take over and the writers run out of ideas to take the plot ahead. The rest is pretty predictable.
Sharman is the pick of the guys and Soha has electric screen presence. The glam girls Riya, Aarti and Sophie provide enough oomph to keep front-benchers happy.
Sanjay Dutt fails to steal scenes and would do well for himself if he could steal the prints and hide them away.
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