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Smartass and hilarious

Laugh you surely will. But as a remake, one will be most tempted to compare it to the 1981 version and rue the loss of things like naivety, innocence and light laughter. Bollywood has become brash and smartass – so it just works better for us if we leave the monochromes behind and brace ourselves for remakes that have only a sliver in common with the originals.

Keeping the basic story intact, director David Dhawan shifts the story to Goa. Three friends Sid (ali Zafar), Jai (Siddharth) and Omi (Divyendu Sharma) share an apartment together. They don’t have the money to pay either their land lady Josephine (Lillete Dubey) or foot their bills at Joseph Furtado’s (Rishi Kapoor) cafe. But they are perfectly happy in their carefree existance till Seema (Taapsee Pannu) arrives at Goa. Seema is on the run from her father (Anupam Kher) and an arranged marriage.

Omi and Jai try their luck with Seema but are hilariously done and dusted away by her grandmother’s dog and the grandmother. Sid on the other hand bumps in to her coincidentally and it is new Bollywood style – love at first sight.

Of course there must be a crisis. So, the two jealous friends take it upon themselves to break the lovers up.

However, there are two sets of lovers in this Chashme Baddoor. There is a rather entertaining love story between Josephine and Joseph (ignore the evident cliche and the tacky tattoo on Rishi Kapoor’s arm). Their chemistry is quite a delight.

The only set back perhaps is the Chamko scene. The most remembered moment from the original falls flat with Dubey and Kapoor barely doing it justice.

Dhawan wields the whip with flair, comedy is what he does best. Ali Zafar, Siddharth and Divyendu Sharma are as kamina as they come and they are hilarious. You cannot ignore either of the three. Anupam Kher in a double role is a riot. However, the only let down perhaps is Taapsee. She can’t dance and comic timing is really not her thing.

Go for this one for a good laugh. Leave the memories of Farooq Shaikh and Deepti Naval back home.
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