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By Taran Adarsh, January 27, 2011 - 10:41 IST

Hindi cinema has never been short of movies which abound in humor. In fact, there's a barrage of funny films these days. Whether it's the gentle humor that keeps us smiling constantly [on the lines of Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee's films] or the incisive and sharp wit of TERE BIN LADEN, DO DOONI CHAAR and PHAS GAYE RE OBAMA or the boisterous laughathons attempted by David Dhawan, Anees Bazmee and Priyadarshan, we've enjoyed our share of laughs. But I genuinely feel that the comedy scene in Bollywood is slowly, but perceptibly changing, veering more towards realism and this is exactly what we get to watch in Madhur Bhandarkar's new outing DIL TOH BACCHA HAI JI.

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Okay, okay, so we associate Madhur with somber/serious cinema, tackling issues that concern us, right from CHANDNI BAR to JAIL. By now famous for his socially relevant, hard-hitting films that take potshots at the upper crust, Madhur changes tracks with this one. DIL TOH BACCHA HAI JI is a light entertainer at heart, but there's something about the landed gentry in this one as well. It exposes the dual lives they lead. 

Without beating around the bush, let me pronounce that I was skeptical about Madhur's abilities when it came to handling light films. Oh yes, he has a terrific sense of humor in real life. On reel, he's synonymous with hard-hitting movies, isn't it? So what prompted this National Award winning film-maker to enter a new terrain - humor? I am sure, it has something to do with discovering newer horizons and taking on unexplored territories. So does the gamble work? Are Madhur's claims - of following Hrishi-da's footsteps with this one - mere hollow words or does he deliver? 

Much like Madhur's earlier films, DIL TOH BACCHA HAI JI is about real people, situations and problems. Except that the emotion isn't sorrow and the theme isn't dark this time. Irrespective of how his films are received, the one thing Madhur is known for is the unconventional story he wants the viewers to absorb. DIL TOH BACCHA HAI JI isn't about three couples and how they discover love, it's about how these three guys who find love, but… let's leave it at that! Else, the twist in the tale will be in public domain. 

The camaraderie between Ajay, Emraan and Omi and the unpredictable storyline post intermission is the driving point of this motion picture. In fact, if the first half is laced with light moments, the second half is where the twists-n-turns crop up and each of those stories get nurtured in the process. But there's a flipside too and that's the choice of actors in the finale. Ideally, the makers could've done with known faces in the end. It would've only been an icing on the cake. Also, there are a few rough edges in the narrative, but not the type that would make a big dent. 

Also, I'd like to state, it left me wondering as to what prompted the censors to pass the motion picture with an 'Adults Only' certification? I would say that some of the recent films have had far more objectionable and explosive content than this one. Besides, Indian television is full of repugnant and obnoxious material which everyone has free access to. I guess, our censor board needs to be a little more liberal in view of the fact that times have changed and it's about time their attitudes towards cinema also changes. 

Final word? This one is amongst Madhur's most accomplished works! 

DIL TOH BACCHA HAI JI is a slice of life film revolving around Naren [Ajay Devgn], Abhay [Emraan Hashmi] and Milind [Omi Vaidya] and their encounters with love. 

A listless Naren, well in his thirties and going through a divorce [Rituparna Sengupta], falls in love with a vibrant and bubbly June [Shazahn Padamsee], who has just stepped out of her teens. Milind, a poet and an idealistic lover, is enamored by an ambitious and practical Gunjan [Shraddha Das], who is determined to follow her dreams. A charming casanova Abhay starts feeling an alien emotion called love when he feels increasingly drawn towards Nikki [Shruti Haasan], a modern girl who knows her needs and speaks her mind. 

With its real characters and relatable situations, the film takes a witty look at love and the extent people will go to evade it or attain it. 

DIL TOH BACCHA HAI JI seizes your attention gradually. One of the reasons could be because Madhur narrates three stories concurrently. Ajay, who portrays the life of a harried bank manager going through a 'mid-life crisis', is very compelling. Watch him in sequences when he sets his eyes on his new office assistant [Shazahn]. Consider the character of Omi, a true-blue romantic, working as a matchmaker, who has never been able to find a soul mate himself. One comes across such people in real life as well. And, of course, there's Emraan, who uses affluent and well heeled women as a stepping stone to attain the resources and luxuries of life. His sequences with Tisca Chopra add spice to the proceedings. Ditto for the women in the film. Especially Shraddha and Tisca, who use men to their advantage. Very real characters. In fact, the variety of love and relationships that we get to watch here is so diverse from what we have been subjected to in Hindi movies since time immemorial. As a matter of fact, each of us must have experienced the varied emotions depicted in this film at some juncture in our lives. 

While watching DIL TOH BACCHA HAI JI, I recalled a much-acclaimed Basu Chatterjee movie SHAUKEEN, which had three lecherous older men trying to get naughty in their elderly age. Of course, both the films cannot be judged against each other except in view of the fact that both films have three middle-aged men and three elderly gentlemen [in the case of SHAUKEEN] trying to explore the love and lust aspect of their lives. Even the treatment and conversations in DIL TOH BACCHA HAI JI are out of everyday life. It's more like a discussion happening between any three normal, everyday guys even when they discuss the opposite sex. There is no dialogue-baazi as such, it is just a normal tete-a-tete happening. 

Madhur's attempt of dabbling in the comedy genre may appear dicey for a lot of his detractors, since he's known to be proficient in the art of creating serious/dark movies. But comedy is serious business and Madhur gets it right on most occasions. Let me add, this is not one of those imperceptive and dull-witted films that make an attempt to tickle your funny bone every five minutes. Madhur has interwoven some serious moments in the narrative, which makes it a slice of life film, but which sticks to the commercial format. 

The screenplay writing is absorbing at most times. Having said that, I'd like to add that the writing could've been tighter at places. Shraddha's sudden exit leaves you mystified. Also, the film could've done with better names [read, eye candy] in the finale, when the three guys set out for Goa. The climax was already a highpoint and one definitely expected a better culmination. Also, the film could've been tightened in the editing suite. 

The expectations from its music are on the higher side, especially after the success of Pritam-Ajay-Emraan's last venture ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI. But the problem is that it does not offer much variety, unlike OUATIM. 'Abhi Kuch Dino Se' and 'Tere Bin' are my picks. Cinematography [Ravi Walia] is up to the mark. Sanjay Chhel's dialogue are witty and just perfect for this genre. 

Ajay proves his adaptability and versatility yet again. Having impressed us adequately in the past, Ajay portrays a character that takes you back to a very popular actor of his times, Amol Palekar. Ajay underplays his part effortlessly. Emraan, popular also for his skirt chaser image on screen, plays an obsessive philanderer here and he's electrifying. In fact, he spices up the proceedings every time he appears on screen. The role assigned to him is an extension of what he's attempted in the past, yet he interprets it so differently. Omi Vaidya's character gets subdued initially, but it must be said that the earnestness with which he portrays his part makes him endearing. He's remarkable in the sequence when he breaks down while reading the letter. 

Shazahn looks like a doll and gets the character right. In fact, she adds so much freshness to the proceedings. Shraddha gives the right shades to her character. She's most convincing when she takes Omi for a ride initially. Shruti appears late in the film, but she leaves an impact nonetheless. Her scenes with Emraan are amusing. Tisca Chopra is superb, especially in the sequence when Emraan confesses that he's in love with someone else. Mukesh Tiwari is first-rate in a brief role. Aditya Raj Kapoor is fair. Rituparna Sengupta does well. Harward Rosemeyer leaves a mark in the funeral sequence. 

On the whole, DIL TOH BACCHA HAI JI is a feel good, light-hearted rom-com, a slice of life film which the populace and the regular lay person would relate to. Madhur Bhandarkar changes tracks from his trademark women-oriented movies on contemporary issues to a rom-com, which has the unmistakable Bhandarkar signature to it, and emerges triumphant in his new fangled endeavor. The film carries a tagline that reads 'Love grows… Men don't', which seems most appropriate after one has watched it. DIL TOH BACCHA HAI JI, with its bona fide characters and pertinent situations, promises to bring a smile to your face and cheer you up. I strongly recommended it!

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Review: Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji is mostly juvenile comedy

Film: Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji (A)
Director: Madhur Bhandarkar
Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Omi Vaidya, Tisca Chopra, Shruti Haasan, Shraddha Das, Shazahn Padamsee

You might have been looking forward to watching Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji as it is Madhur Bhandarkar's first comedy venture and the filmmaker has claimed that while it is a funny movie, it is just as real as, say, Chandni Bar (2001) or Page 3 (2005). But we agree only partially.

A voice-over by one of Hindi cinema's funny men Paresh Rawal introduces us to the three protagonists: in-a-mid-life-crisis Naren Ahuja (Devgn), idealistic poet-lover Milind Kelkar (Vaidya), and playboy Abhay 'Abby' (Hashmi).

Milind and Abby end up as paying guests of Naren. All three men are at interesting points in their lives, with 38-year-old Naren falling helplessly for 21-year-old intern and bimbette June Pinto (Padamsee), Milind in love with ungrateful, opportunist radio jockey Gungun Sarkar (Das), and Abby deeply involved with ex-Miss India and desperate housewife Anushka Narang (Chopra).

Naren and Milind are unable to express their feelings to their respective love interests, while Abby's life is jolted by NRI social worker Nikki (Haasan), step-daughter of Anushka. Abby is finally in love. But will these men end up with the women they desire?

A romantic comedy should ideally have a good deal of romance and at least a few lucid funny moments to make it an interesting watch. While DTBHJ has an impressive star cast harping on (and cheering) their love interests in every second frame, there is a serious need for humour in the film. Moreover, the wafer-thin plot hardly moves, so there is not much to look forward to either.

Ahead of the film's release, Bhandarkar looked like a man with the mission of shaking off his 'serious filmmaker' image and making the world laugh. But with DTBHJ he seems to have tried so hard to make his characters and their lines funny that they all fall flat. The film may have got an 'adults only' certificate from the censors, but the humour remains forced and shamefully juvenile.

If not for accomplished actors like Devgn and Hashmi (last seen together in Milan Luthria's Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai), the film would have looked like one big ham. Though Devgn is not up to the mark you normally expect him to be at, Hashmi is lovable and gets to mouth some good dialogues. Vaidya (Chatur Ramalingam of 3 Idiots fame, if you couldn't remember) has his accent intact. This time he even speaks a bit of Marathi to show that he has been working hard. Some of his poems are unintentionally funny.

DTBHJ is definitely male-centric, very contemporary and relevant, but the girls are not bacchis who can be shortchanged.

Chopra, the best of the female leads, is cast perfectly. Das is bearable while Shruti is so fake that she offers only disappointment. Padamsee looks cute. If only good looks could cover up for bad acting. Her theatre background does not help much and she hams her way as the bubbly June Pinto. Moreover, you just cannot come to terms with June's relationship with boss Naren.

Unimaginative, corny and cheap dialoguebaazi ruin Bhandarkar's comic baby. Most of his jokes require explanations, thus ceasing to be funny.

Bhandarkar's ability as a director cannot be questioned. He has proved himself time and again, but the writing (comedy here) needs a lot of work. Judging by DTBHJ, being funny is not Bhandarkar's forte. If this is his idea of comedy, perhaps he should stay secure in his comfort zone of serious cinema.

A visit to the theatre may well not be worth it. A television premiere might be a better option.

Note: Madhurjiplease take time to let the comedy baccha in you grow up a little. Until then we will be happy with the Traffic Signals and Chandni Bars.

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Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji Review By Komal Nahta

23 mins ago by Komal Nahta

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Star cast: Ajay Devgan, Emraan Hashmi, Omi Vaidya, Shahzahn Padamsee, Shruti Haasan, Shraddha Das, Tisca Chopra, Rituparna Sengupta, Mukesh Tiwari.

Plot: Three friends are in search of soul mates. Ajay is seeking a divorce from his wife and, therefore, needs a new companion even if the friend (Shahzahn) happens to be almost half his age. Emraan is a playboy but ultimately, falls in love with Shruti and wants to spend the rest of his life with her. Omi believes in true love and he thinks he has found that when he meets Shraddha. But what do the girls think?

What's Good: The comedy; the dialogues; the performances of the actors.

What's Bad: Nothing really!

VerdictDil Toh Baccha Hai Ji is an enjoyable slice-of-life film which makes you laugh and smile.

Loo break: A couple when some things get repetitive in the first half.

Watch or Not? Definitely! You will feel entertained.

Omi Vaidya, Ajay Devgan, Emraan Hashmi

Wide Frame Pictures and Bhandarkar Entertainment's Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji (A) is a romantic comedy about three friends and their search for their respective life partners. Naren Ahuja (Ajay Devgan) is in the process of divorcing his wife (Rituparna Sengupta). He moves out of his house and into the ancestral home which is fairly large. Lonely, he looks out for paying guests and gets two in the form of Abhay Suri (Emraan Hashmi) and Milind Kelkar (Omi Vaidya).

Naren has a very young, new intern in office, June Pinto (Shazahn Padamsee), whose easy-going nature and childish innocence is misinterpreted by him as love overtures. Since he is very fond of her, he soon starts accompanying her to parties and generally spends more time with her in spite of a huge age difference. Abhay is a confirmed Casanova and his full-time job is to woo rich girls who can help him maintain a rich lifestyle. He gets a new catch in Anushka Narang (Tisca Chopra), an erstwhile beauty queen who uses him as a toy boy. She provides him all the luxuries as a bait and Abhay is thrilled but only till he meets Nikki (Shruti Haasan), the step-daughter of Anushka, and herself a social worker. He falls in love with Nikki and also has a fling with her. He is sure, Nikki too loves him. Milind, who works in a matrimonial services company, is a romanticist and an amateur poet. He values love and is in search of a girl whom he could selflessly love all his life and who could love him likewise. He finds Gungun Sarkar (Shraddha Das), a radio jockey, who is desperately trying to get a break as an actress in films. Gungun uses Milind but the latter is so madly in love with her that nothing else matters to him.

Shahzahn Padamsee, Ajay Devgan

Days pass by and the three friends think, they are lucky to have found their soul mates. But what about the three girls? Are they also equally serious about the three guys? Do the three love stories have a fairy-tale ending?

Story and Screenplay
Madhur Bhandarkar, Neeraj Udwani and Anil Pandey have penned the story and screenplay of this slice-of-life film, infusing a lot of humour in the drama. The jokes and comedy are more city-centric but they are very entertaining. The first half is slightly long and doesn't move too much because of which a bit of boredom creeps in. The second half has quite a lot of drama, which is both, engrossing and entertaining. The emotional under-current in the three love stories may not draw tears from the audience's eyes but it does create an impact. In other words, the sentimental part of the drama is not a tear-jerker, yet it helps make the film more weighty and prevents it from remaining a frivolous comic fare. The climax, though predictable, is lovely and leaves a big smile on the faces of the viewers.

In fact, the film in its entirety is a feel-good one and keeps the audience smiling and/or laughing. Sanjay Chhel's dialogues are witty and enjoyable, going perfectly well with the screenplay and the mood of the film.

Emraan Hashmi, Shruti Haasan

Star Performances
Ajav Devgan does a marvellous job. He gets into the skin of the character and comes out with flying colours. His awkwardness at falling in love with a girl almost half his age has been portrayed brilliantly by him. His costumes – he wears formal clothes – give him a distinct and endearing look. Emraan Hashmi acts with effortless ease and makes him- self lovable in no time. He is splendid. In spite of his bed-hopping habit, the audience mentally roots for him and feels bad when he is let down. Omi Vaidya is very good and wins the audience's sympathy with his simplicity. Shazahn Padamsee is a revelation. She is cute and her free acting is commendable. Her childish innocence has been beautifully exploited. Shruti Haasan leaves a mark and does well what is required of her. Shraddha Das, whose character has shades of grey, does justice to her role. Tisca Chopra stands her own and gives her cent per cent to the role. She is excellent. Aditya Kapoor is average as her husband. Mukesh Tiwari is comical and evokes laughter when he comes on the screen. Rituparna Sengupta lends able support. Daisy Irani is alright as June Pinto's grandmother. Howard Rosemeyer, Imran Khan, Javed and Shveta Salve provide the desired support. Kamlesh Ojha, Girish Sachdev and Sachin Parekh (as the three office colleagues of Naren), Shikha Talsania (as Naren's assistant, Aisha), Pratishi Mishra (as lawyer Sunanda), Oliver Pereira (as lawyer Shirke), Mukesh Tyagi (as owner of the leaking flat), Dhruv Bhandari (as Chris), Parth Malhotra (as June Pinto's friend), Arun Kadam (as florist), Neha Janpandit (as Gungun's friend), Priya Marathe (as the girl whom Milind meets at the airport), Chetna Pandey (as the girl whom Abhay meets at the airport) and Neha Pendse (as the lady whom Naren meets at the airport) are all effective. Paresh Rawal's commentary in the beginning, to introduce the three protagonists, is laced with fun-filled dialogues.

Shraddha Das, Omi Vaidya

Direction and Music
Madhur Bhandarkar's direction is very good. He does full justice to the script and keeps the mood of the drama light and fun-filled. Also, he has extracted wonderful work from his artistes. Pritam Chakraborty's music is engaging but a couple of super-hit songs would've added to the box-office results. Abhi kuch dinon se is an appealing song (beautifully rendered by Mohit Chauhan). Tere binand Kya palak are also good songs. Lyrics (Neelesh Misra, Kumaar, Sanjay Chhel and Sayeed Quadri) are good. Ravi Walia's cinematography is of a good standard. Sets (Priya Suhas) are fair. Editing (Devendra Murdeshwar) is sharp.

The Last Word
On the whole, Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji is an enjoyable entertainer. It leaves a smile on the viewer's face and that is its biggest victory. The youth will love it and a section may even repeat it. Its business is expected to be the best in the big cities and the multiplexes. The producers have already made a profit by selling the various rights, and given the merits, the distributors will also make comfortable profits.

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Dont know if i should watch this film or not non of the promos interested me I might just see it for Ajay & Emraan Smile

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ahh i cantw ait to go and watch this movie.. hopefully next week hehe
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Masand: 'Dil Toh...' is occasionally entertaining

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Updated Jan 28, 2011 at 11:56pm IST

Cast: Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Omi Vaidya, Shazahn Padamsee, Shruti Haasan, Tisca Chopra, Shraddha Das

Director: Madhur Bhandarkar

With Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji, Madhur Bhandarkar may have ditched those voyeuristic, expos themes to try his hand at comedy, but his jokes are mostly packed with sexual innuendo and needless homophobia.

Masand: 'Dil Toh...' is occasionally entertaining

In an early voice-over we are introduced to a character who we're told is only interested in the 3 Fs of life: fun, flirting, and the last one we're asked to guess ourselves. In another scene at a funeral, a young chap introduces himself to the person standing beside him. "How do you do?" he asks. "Any way you like it," the flaming gay man replies, rolling his eyes and licking his lips.


What's your reaction to 'Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji'?

Not nearly as bawdy as The Hangover, and missing the innocent charm of a film like Chashme Buddoor, Bhandarkar's Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji is an occasionally entertaining comedy about three single men and their misadventures with the ladies. Ajay Devgan is an introverted banker on the verge of divorce who becomes besotted with a young intern at his workplace. Emran Hashmi is a playboy gym instructor who must dump his rich girlfriend when he falls for her stepdaughter. And Omi Vaidya is an innocent virgin who has his heart set on a friendly radio jockey who's shamelessly using him.

Subtlety isn't one of Bhandarkar's strengths, and he isn't exactly known for writing layered characters either. Everyone acts according to type in Dil To Baccha Hai Ji. So the Catholic intern (played by Shazan Padamsee) enjoys wine with every meal and offers free salsa lessons to her boss. A former supermodel trapped in a loveless marriage (played by Tisca Chopra) picks up toy-boys to keep herself engaged. And an NRI 'today's girl' (played by Shruti Haasan) doesn't attach love or commitment to sex.

Despite relying on familiar tropes, Bhandarkar does create some lovely moments. The track between Devgan and Padamsee, for one, is surprisingly tender. His awkwardness at mingling with her younger friends, the heartbreaking discovery he makes at her grandmother's home, even his initial efforts to draw her attention are played out nicely by Devgan, who makes the part his own.

Dil To Baccha Hai Ji is too long for a light-hearted comedy, and the dialogue is pedestrian. Still it's not a complete waste of time; there are some laughs to be had. I'm going with two-and-a-half out of five for director Madhur Bhandarkar's Dil To Baccha Hai Ji. Don't go in expecting too much, and perhaps you won't be too disappointed.

Rating: 2.5 / 5

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Mayank Shekhar's review: Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji
Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, January 28, 2011
First Published: 21:43 IST(28/1/2011)
Last Updated: 21:53 IST(28/1/2011)
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Bollywood actors Shazahn Padamsee (2L), Shraddha Das (L), Ajay Devgn and Director Madhur Bhandarkar...
Dil toh… Bleh! Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji Director: Madhur Bhandarkar Actors: Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi Rating: *1/2 Three things unite Indians, argues the hero's boss, repeatedly: films, cricket, and weddings. 
Most other occupations of the unengaged mind, it appears, Madhur Bhandarkar has made 'inspiringly' titled movies on already: JailFashion,Chandni Bar (dancing women), Satta (politics),Corporate…!

It's a larger comment on the film industry, less a critique of the filmmaker himself, that a director as aesthetically challenged should be anointed an auteur in our cinema. Bhandarkar is an acknowledged "realistic filmmaker". He writes so himself (making a cameo in one of his films, Fashion). Anyway. This is his first supposed comedy.

The said hero, the boss speaks to, is a character from Rajkumar Hirani's 3 Idiots, Chatur (Omi Vidya). Chatur plays one Milind Kelkar, a Marathi manoos with four years' experience of London. It's hard to figure why he still retains the Uganda born Tamil Ramalingam's American twang from his last film. Never mind. He's a "varjan", sworn against sex before marriage; head over heels over a radio jockey (Shraddha Das, quite sorted) he could donate his life's savings to.

His polar opposite is of course the incredible monkey god of the ultimate urban male fantasy: Emraan Hashmi (phenomenal swagger). He brings hope to the Indian man with every film. As he does with this one. He picks up a woman every night from the club. In return, they pick up his tab at various shopping malls. His life is centred on three Fs: fun, flirting, the third being obvious, says the film's narrator. He's not exactly an up-market gigolo. It's his hobby, this ladkibaazi (skirt chasing), as the film calls it. His current tight squeeze (Tisca Chopra) is a socialite, married to old money; into 'young boys' like him.

Their labour of lust proves again that some filmmakers can make one movie to suffice an entire career. Bhandarkar filmed the smartly scripted Page 3 in 2005. He's been somewhat remaking his breakthrough film ever since. We're led yet again towards a notoriously pansy homosexual man. A mere touch of another man can send shivers up his fingers. "Being gay is in," he promises.

Photographers still chase the air-kissing, fraud chatterati that comprise "trophy wives", known for their fondness for "toy-boys", with young stepchildren who can't stand their ugly guts. Page 3 peeps make fleeting appearances as themselves (Ana Singh, Prahlad Kakad etc).

Discotheque is where the beautiful young dance in synchronised steps while a singer croons from the stage. One of the heroines is also a struggling actor who must network with old, sleazy looking producers from the south at these posh, pretty venues of the night. The usual outside-inside suburban view of the vacuous, decadent rich is complete.

Ajay Devgn (the actor currently at the top of his form) has been had again. His is the only story that makes sense. His marriage, like an overused "chewing gum, has gone pale, stale; you can't swallow it, neither can you throw it away". He's in for a divorce. In the meantime he falls for a girl at work, who's 17 years younger. The premise (roughly of Basu Chatterjee's Shaukeen, and of so many other films) is amusing. The makers still struggle to take the idea forward. How many songs and parties can you possibly throw in.

I guess, you're only as old as the woman you hold! But this doesn't really prove true for this ageing banker with a kid. He can't quite loosen up in the company of the youth he calls the "bubble gum generation". These wannabe, dull, nut-jobs ride bikes, love "karokee", discuss losing their "v" (for virginity, I presume) over the phone, spend most of their time practicing dance steps at huge nightclubs… One of them calls out, "hey nigga" to his own girlfriend (What?). These offensive bozos will oddly baffle anyone. Because they don't exist. You can't blame Devgn's Mr Ahuja. Anyhooo…

The mid-aged man rooms in with Chatur and the charlatan (Hashmi). They make for seriously geriatric frat boys. The chemistry between the three is never quite established. They could be in three separate films. Somewhere along the way the mirth gets mixed with grim, larger messages on loneliness, love, life...

Huff. This could've been a pure romp, sex comedy. It's mysteriously rated A by the censor board. The stuff seems neither deliciously bad for its inspired lunacy, nor delightfully good for its sensible humour. The indifference truly annoys you by the end of it. Well, that sucks.

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