15 Jul 2016 12:19 IST
The film lives up to the expectations generated by the last film in th franchise.
The good news first - Great Grand Masti is slightly more bearable than Grand Masti. The bad news is that it is still irritating nevertheless. If the previous film was guilty of achieving new levels of cheapness, this one is lower on that front. But makes up by promoting outdated, regressive ideas in the name of ‘adult entertainment’.
The basic plot is pretty much the same as the first two films. Meet (Vivek Oberoi), Amar (Riteish Deshmukh) and Prem (Aftab Shivdasani) are the best of friends married to Rekha (Mishti), Sapna (Pooja Bose) and Nisha (Shraddha Das). Like the previous films, this time too they are terribly sex starved. Despite trying quite a few tricks, they find no success.
Finally, they decide to visit Amar's ancestral house at Doodhwadi in hope of having some fun with the village belles. As soon as they enter the old, abandoned house, they meet the super attractive Ragini (Urvashi Rautela). The trio instantly develops lustful feelings for her. But they are unaware that Ragini is a ghost who has haunted the house since the last 50 years.
Generally in a franchise, the latest film is expected to be few notches higher in its USP than the previous one. So, one would expect the level of vulgarity to be much higher here (which is a scary thought). But surprisingly, the content is toned down quite a bit in Great Grand Masti. Although there is cheapness galore in the name of sex comedy, the level is almost the same as seen in the trailer. But there is no respite whatsoever due to the following reasons.
- The mindlessness in the plot and during the major turns will put films like Housefull 3 to shame. To say that the characters thought-process is childlike will be an understatement.
- In trying to appear sex starved, Vivek, Riteish and Aftab act as if the sexual desire of the entire world has entered them. Somewhat laughable jokes too fall flat due to their dangerous expressions. Aftab deserves special mention. When he makes those faces, he induces more horror than the ghost.
- On one hand, the makers pretend to be bold by displaying skimpily clad girls in songs with uber urban lyrics. But at the same time, the three female characters are portrayed in a truly patriarchal manner. At one point, they keep karvachauth fast for their husbands, right after witnessing them indulge in a shockingly outrageous act. By the way, Karvachauth, of all things, forms an important part in the plot. Maybe this explains Ekta Kapoor's association.
- There is nothing to write about other performances too. The three wives appear dumb due to the above-mentioned points. Coming to Urvashi Rautela, she displays promise but her ghostly act is a major put off. A good artist like Sanjay Mishra is wasted as the con swamiji.
- Veteran actress Usha Nadkarni, with her special comic-timing, appears like a silver-lining, until you see what they do with her character in the pre-climax and climax. Likewise, a team of senior citizens are down-rightly insulted for their age to provide some cheap humour.
In short, Great Grand Masti can be summarised by a line the three main characters utter during the film - Kyun ki humne Great Grand Masti? With the lack of buzz and the fact that the film is already leaked on the internet, its box-office prospects appear bleak too.
Director: Indra Kumar
Producers: Maruti International and Balaji Motion Pictures
Writers: Tushar Hiranandani, Madhur Sharma and Aakash Kaushik
Cast: Vivek Oberoi, Riteish Deshmukh, Aftab Shivdasani, Urvashi Rautela, Mishti, Shraddha Das, Pooja Bose, Usha Nadkarni, Sanjay Mishra
Music: Sanjeev Darshan, Shaarid-Toshi and Shaan
Genre: Sex comedy
Duration: 127 minutes