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Dostana Movie Review

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Dostana
Banner:Dharma Productions
Cast:Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham, Priyanka Chopra, Bobby Deol, Shilpa Shetty
Direction:Tarun Mansukhani
Production:Karan Johar
Music:Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani
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Dostana - Merely a frivolous flick

IndiaGlitz  [Friday, November 14, 2008]
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It's so execrable to see one of the best producers in town churning a flick sans strong substance. On other terms, John Abraham and Abhishek Bachchan turn to be the hapless guys picking a flimsy script in hand. Uh-huh! We aren't pertained about the roles they perform, but Director Tarun Manshukhani conks out in spelling perfect personations. Merely, Karan Johar gears up as the lollapaloozas of big producer, who just merely pick out the scripts that have funny characters and nothing else. Was Karan scatterbrained while heeding to Tarun's script? Alas! Maybe for a young lad or missy of 16-25yrs, Dostana savors as grand fiestas of fun and frolic. While for others, it's a ridiculous flick to kill your time.

Wow! The promos just could have shot-your-adrenalines with sizzling missies Shilpa and Priyanka in bikinis and swimsuits. On the pars, John with his machismos walking on sun-kissing beaches of Miami and smart Abhishek should have enthralled filles and buckos. Patently, these tactics could've been the best mantras of filling producers' sacs for first weekend.  

It's all happening in the Beach Party Capitol of the world...Miami is the setting for Dharma Productions latest offering Dostana - serving a cocktail of all ingredient to do with Friendship, Fun, Frolic and that thing called Love... but with a slight twist - there is a small case of pretending to be Gays!!

When Sameer (Abhishek Bachchan) and Kunal (John Abraham) are turned down for an apartment because the landlady doesn't want two strapping young men to corrupt her young sexy niece Neha (Priyanka Chopra) they go to plan 'G' - they pretend to be 'Gay' to secure the apartment. 

All is well till they meet the sexy siren Neha and thus begins a journey of fun frolic and a test of friendship like never before. When Neha's boss Abhimanyu (Bobby Deol) enters the fray as the third contender for her affections, it gets even hotter under everyone's vests and bikinis and the boys get down and dirty in sunny Miami.

Perhaps, for a fine-rigid-reason, many audiences may not have likeliness for this kind of flick. Of course, it hasn't got a fogeyish theme, but something running above-their-heads. We're sure cloggy concepts of homo-sexuality may cling to the top-of-charts in Hollywood or foreign films.  Nay - it would take few years for these sensitive themes to be in simplistic perception. For everyone's attentions, this isn't a piece stockpiling from Hollywood's Brokeback Mountain. Yeah! The synopsis should've precisely got it clear-cut for you....

Narration goes crisp with fun-filled moments of alpha-till-omega, except few penultimate minutes. Watch out for performance of Abhishek's narration of 'Pyaar Ka Kahani with John Abraham' in Venice; just call it 'awesome'. Patently, scenarios are similar with encounters of John and Abhishek with Boman Irani and a guy getting in for inspection. Merriments spelled by these buddies, especially by John for 'Beedi' song of Omkara are just rib-trickling. Furthermore, laughter breaks out with our nerves loosened with Kirron Kher's juncture.

On the first half, things are just riveting on John Abraham, Abhishek Bachchan and their gimmicks of stealing shows. Yeah, alluring missy Priyanka Chopra with her gorgeous looks doesn't brim up top-notched performance. Somehow, as the story shifts to her on the latter half, she is pushed into limelight with Bobby Deol on her side.

Bobby with lippy clean-handed looks picks your attention with his minimal sequences. A small kid donning his son's role is there marking smiles on your lips. And again, best laughter kicks-up with John and Abhi screening the kid with 'Maa' song from Taare Zameen Par, imbuing him to separate his papa and Priyanka. Of course, kid turns to be main content of emotions for Bobby getting away from his ladylove. Hats off to Boman Hirani; his performance on cameo role is just great. Nevertheless, it would have been prissy if he hadn't nabbed this role.

Director Tarun Manshukhani coalesces jejunely- crafted script with far-fetched winning over vistas. Possibly, a perfect conceptualization of the existing tale and narrative would have made it appealing for overall audiences.

Spare Vishal-Shekar for their feet-tapping numbers 'Desi Girl' and 'Maa Da Laadla Bigad Gaya'. Rest of the songs isn't so beguiling, but Ayananka Bose rescues them with his enchanting cinematography. Exotic locations of Miami have been well-captured and extend your best merits for him. Salim-Sulaiman's background score is over-the-top, especially in humorous episodes. Costumes designed by Aki Narula and Manish Malhotra are staggeringly beauteous. Abhishek's shirt-with-collars-pinned-veils and Priyanka's apparels are mind blowing.

On the whole, Dostana hits bull's eyes with fun and frolic moments that are quite unsuitable for certain audience. Tenuous script and irksome narration stops your tongue in singing appraisals for Tarun Manshukhani and Karan Johar. On the button, John Abraham and Abhishek Bachchan as captains fail to rescue the ship from sinking.... Yeah! It's pretty similar to clichéd headlines on sports pages 'Sachin's century in vain'....  

Verdict: Not worth-watching

Rating: *1/2   

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