Poster Boys Movie Review: Bobby Deol Outshines Sunny Deol In This Partly Funny Film
Bobby Deol may be returning to the big screen after 4 years, but he is still in amazing form. His impeccable comic timing makes him stand out and in numerous scenes, he outshines Sunny Deol and Shreyas Talpade. Here's a minute analysis of this week's big release, Poster Boys...
The world turns upside down for the three male protagonists - Jaagavar
Chaudhary (Sunny Deol), Vinay Sharma (Bobby Deol) and Arjun Singh (Shreyas
Talpade) - when they find out that someone has illegally photo-shopped their
pictures on a poster which promotes vasectomy aka nasbandi and circulated it
across the whole town. From being alienated by their families to getting
ostracized and made fun of by the society, these three men start a rebellion to
find out who created this mess in the first place. Fighting against the
government and trying to prove their innocence, the trio is confronted by
problems at each juncture, but with each other by their side, they somehow
manage to own up the courage to fight the battle. Will they come out successful
and defeat the corrupt government? Will they gain back the trust and love of
their families and dear ones? Well, that's what the story is all about.
A Still From Poster Boys
To begin with,
the basic plot of the film is hilarious to say the least. Considering how
universally judgemental and myopic we Indians are - culturally and otherwise -
the basic germ of the idea was too funny to even fathom that it's partially
based on a true story.
Then there were
some brilliant performances. Bobby Deol may be making a comeback after 4 years,
but he outshines his brother Sunny Deol and Shreyas Talpade in many places.
Bobby is generally known for playing rich handsome extrovert characters in
thrillers, but this was something way out of his league, and the sort of
transformation he has brought forward makes me wonder why is this guy seen so
rarely doing comedy on-screen. Sunny does have his moments where he is shown as
the toughest guy on the planet who manages to break locks, courtroom furniture
and pretty much everything just by his sheer force of anger.
Bobby Deol As Vinay Sharma In Poster Boys
The beginning of
the film was dhamakedaar with Sunny shaking a leg to the recreated version of
the Arjun Pandit (1999) song Oye Hoye Ke Kudiya Sheher Diyan. Not just were
Elli Avram's sexy moves able to keep you hooked, Daler Mehendi's powerful
Punjabi vocals made you look forward to great things.
as the dialogue writer manages to cash in on the popular dialogues and memorable
instances from the Deol brothers' hey days. For instance, there's a character
called Balwant who crosses Sunny's character and then someone from the henchmen
addresses the former in a lung-belching tone as 'Balwant Rai ke kutte'. Also at
one point when the government officials request the trio to give them 12 days
to assess the whole case, one henchman shrieks out loud 'Taarikh pe taarikh,
taarikh pe taarikh'. And above all, once Sunny mentions that he is trying to
control his anger and thus doesn't want to hit somebody, and others ask
'Kyun?'. The only answer comes from a henchman who says 'Kyunki jab yeh maarte
hai toh insaan uthta nahi, uth jaata hai'. Moving on, for similar reasons,
Bobby's character has set his ringtone as the title track of Soldier (1998),
which was funny every time his phone rang. It kept reminding audiences of how
long it's been that Bobby gave a hit film.
Shreyas as a
director had to sensitively portray the plight of the three characters while
ensuring the screwball humour doesn't take away from the proceedings. He does
fairly well being a first time director.
Shreyas Talpade As Arjun Singh In Poster Boys
Shreyas, as the
actor, has been seen playing similar tapori-yet-funny characters before, which
is why there is nothing too much to look forward to.
Shreyas, as the
director, could have managed to cut down portions from the screenplay,
especially in the first half. If the story was tighter and maybe 20 minutes
shorter, it would have been a far better comedy than it actually is now.
situational comedy, there was one specific character of a lady doctor played
by Ashwini Kalsekar, which was so over-the-top slapstick, that you might
start thinking that why didn't the director slash off the part altogether from
the film. Had it been a normal doctor's character with funny lines, it would
have been much better.
Sunny Deol As Jaagavar Chaudhary In poster boys
The climax comes
when the trio decide to go on a nanga-andolan (nude protest). But when they are
actually on stage to do the actual strike in front of the media, the nudity
doesn't come out as expected. Sunny doesn't remove a single piece of clothing
from his body (except his turban). Bobby doesn't show off his body as he constantly
is wearing a vest. On being forced, he strips to his boxers. If there was some
skin show, it was from Shreyas. NOT THAT I AM A BIG FAN OF SKIN SHOW, but if
you are protesting against the government and threatening them with a nude
protest in front of the media, you better do the full monty in order to prove
the seriousness of your case. Major let down! This could well be credited to
the real-life personas of the Deol brothers who are too shy in person. Forget
skin show, they might even feel uncomfortable if asked to give an actress a
peck on the cheek.
Apart from the
rehashed Daler Mehendi song, none of the tracks are worth your time.
Some of the
chroma shots in the climax seem as if they could have been done way better.
Maybe trying to be low-budget was an issue. But considering it was Shreyas'
first directorial, I decided to overlook it.
Shreyas Talpade, Sunny Deol,Bobby Deol In Poster Boys
all the hullabaloo of trying to be funny and making it massy at the same it,
somewhere down the line the theme of propagating the concept of vasectomy among
the audiences is lost. At the end of the movie you know as much about what
nasbandi is as you knew when you began watching the film. So zero points on
trying to give out a very powerful message to the aam janta. What to do
Well, if you are
fans of Sunny Deol or Bobby Deol, it will be a fun watch, especially because of
the nostalgia attached in the form of old dialogues, songs and their antics.
For the rest of you, stay back home and read about vasectomy - will be more
enriching than watching this film.