Director Anees Bazmee enjoyed working with Sushmita Sen in "No Problem", but is clueless why his favourite actress is not participatingRead More
Yash (Sanjay Dutt) and Raj (Akshaye Khanna) are small time
crooks and childhood buddies. Raj wants to lead an honest life, but alas, Yash
always manages to do something, that jeopardizes Raj`s chances of turning over a
new leaf. When Yash robs the First Village Bank, the innocent bank manager,
Zandulal (Paresh Rawal), also falls under suspicion, just because he had
sheltered Yash and Raj under his roof. Zandulal begs the Bank Chairman for time
to look for the two and prove his innocence.
Here in Durban, Arjun Singh (Anil Kapoor) is a bungling ham-handed cop, married to Kajal (Sushmita Sen), the daughter of the commissioner of the police (Shakti Kapoor). Kajal has a split personality - one moment she`s a loving wife and mother, who for 10 minutes everyday, transforms into a terrifying maniac intent on murdering her husband! Diamonds worth millions have been stolen from the International Diamond Centre. No witnesses have survived the shooting spree unleashed by the gang lead by Marcos (Suniel Shetty). Arjun is as determined to find these ruthless robbers, as Zandulal is to find the two crooks who robbed his bank.
Yash and Raj try to avoid Zandulal who does not realizing that they are his neighbours. Meanwhile, Raj falls in love with Sanjana (Kangana Ranaut), Kajal`s younger sister. At the engagement, Zandulal threatens to expose Yash and Raj unless they return the money they stole from his bank. Cornered, Raj and Yash agree to commit one last robbery. They rob a minister`s house, minutes before Marcos arrives. The minister is tortured and killed, because Marcos cannot find the stolen diamonds.
Now starts a game of hide and seek, as Arjun goes after Yash and Raj, the prime suspects in the minister`s murder and Marcos also hunts them down because he`s figured out that they have the diamonds. With Sanjana`s help, Yash and Raj must prove their innocence and also somehow or the other pays back Zandulal...
Rating: * ½
The bad news is that good films are not doing well. But the
better news is that bad films are also being rejected.
"No Problem", if we must talk about it, is no better or worse than all the other, comedies that have come and groaned. A series of wildly improbable characters and ideas strung together in sequences of flabbergasting haphazardness, this is the sort of comic romp where the laughter is lost in transit.
The credits boast of four writers. But there is no rhyme in the crime no logic in the laughter.
Just fasten your seat belts and let Anees Bazmi, a fine writer when given better circumstances, take you for a ride. The film opens with Sanjay Dutt and Akshaye Khanna playing two con men Yash and Raj (Yash-Raj, get it? ha ha) rescuing a baby gorilla from the dicky of Paresh Rawal`s car.
The baby gorilla and its grateful parents show up in the climax where all the male characters (approximately 33 at last count) are dressed as Sardarjis to sing a song that goes "Kad lamba chaudi chest chest".
Ahem. Chest joking, I guess.
Not too many sequences make much sense in this homage to hectic incoherence. The gags are as flat as Neetu Chandra`s belly. She has some funny moments with Suniel Shetty(playing the assassin named, with excruciating unoriginality, Marcos). But the funniest character in the plot is Sushmita Sen. A schizophrenic wife to bumbling-cop Anil Kapoor, she does the split-personality act with lip-smacking relish.
You often wonder what a woman as gorgeous as Ms Sen is doing in a place as farcical as this where anarchy prevails. Nothing makes sense. Nothing is supposed to. The film is shot in South Africa. For what purpose, we will never know. The film`s confounding idiocies could have easily been located in Matunga or Mangalore.
The most important component of a situational comedy is that the actors must LOOK like they`re having fun. There is not much below-surface camaraderie among the actors. Anil Kapoor brings in a zany fun into his self-deprecating role. But really, just the ability to laugh at oneself is not enough.
You have to communicate that laughter to the world that`s watching you. On that score "No Problem" simply parts ways with the audience.