Movie: Desi Boyz

Director: Rohit Dhawan

Cast: Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Deepika Padukone, Chitrangada Singh, Sanjay Dutt

Jagran Rating: (Average)

Story Line: Having already tickled the funny bones of audiences in ‘Garam Masala’ with their slapstick comedy, Akshay Kumar and John Abraham are back with another comic-caper, ‘Desi Boyz’ in which they take their comic-timing to the next level.

Set in the milieu of London, the story revolves around two friends Jignesh aka Jerry (Akshay), a security guard and Nick (John), a banker. While Jerry has to look after his sister's orphan son Veer, Nick has a high maintenance long-term girlfriend, Radhika (Deepika Padukone).

Life is like a bed of roses until recession hits the market and they lose their respective jobs.
Situation becomes miserable for Jerry when he has to send his nephew Veer to orphanage due to financial crisis. In a bid to seek desperate measures for survival, they turn into male escorts or gigolo. Now how Radhika will react to Nick’s reality, will Jerry be able to bring Veer back home and how will Chitrangada’s character spring up- all these builds rest of the story.

Thumbs Up:
The amazing chemistry between Akshay Kumar and John Abraham is the major attraction of the film. Pritam's foot taping music, Natarajan Subramaniam's picturisation, fast-paced screenplay and dialogues, graphics work, beautiful locations, costumes and art direction are the other highlights of the movie.

There is nothing to say about Akshay’s excellent comic timing. He beautifully switches from being an ultra-jovial to a sensitive guy.  John is able to match up to Akshay’s comic sensibilities.

Deepika grabs the eyeballs with her acting, while Chitrangada Singh is a treat to watch. Fresh paring of Akkie- Chitrangada and John-Deepika makes ‘Desi Boyz’ a spicy watch. Adding to this, Sanjay Dutt’s entry as the owner of the escort agency Nick and Jerry work for is an added whammy. Sanjay’s strong performance in fact overshadows the other two actors at times in the film.

Pritam's composition of the songs is very impressive. Especially title song 'Desi Boyz' and party number 'Tu Mera Hero' are rocking. Dialogues and editing are also commendable.

Last but not the least, debutant director Rohit Dhawan, looks very promising. He proves that he is no less than his filmmaker father David Dhawan in making a comedy. One thing should be said here that unlike his father, he never plays it over the top.

Thumbs Down: First half is shaky losing threads most of the times. ‘Desi Boyz’ picks up post interval with a much needed pace. Except Akshay Kumar, rest of the characters in the movie fall prey to poor characterization.

All in all, go for ‘Desi Boyz’ without expecting much and you will come out with a smile.

(JPN/Agencies)