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Shaadi Se Pehle Review

Review by IndiaGlitz [ Thursday, April 6, 2006 • Hindi ]
Shaadi Se Pehle Review
Akshaye Khanna, Mallika Sherawat, Ayesha Takia, Aftab Shivdasani, Suniel Shetty, Anupam Kher,Gulshan Grover
Satish Kaushik
Mukta Arts Entertainment
Himesh Reshammiya

Comedy is the flavor of the season, and Satish Kaushik and Sanjay Chhel keep the Comic flag flying high with the fast paced Shaadi Se Pehle.

Forget logic, suspend disbelief, and  you'll be rewarded with a  laugh riot. Excellent writing and  competent performances plus slick direction convert a  far-fetched plot into quite a rib-tickler.

The story first. Ashish (Akshaye Khanna), a young man, down and out, has been wooing the girl of his dreams, Rani (Ayesha Takia) for five years. Five years? Coz that's how much time a down and out man, who's even cleaned high-rise windows from a sling and worked as manager at a mahila papad udyog, takes to be able to become creative director at an ad agency, buy a plush house and car, and save some 20-30 lakhs. Coz those are Rani's father's terms. So, young man first convinces future pa-in-law,  who's always tried to separate Rani from Ashish.  Worse, there's also Ashish's friend Rohit, played by Aftab Shivdasani, who's been trying to win  Rani's affections, but thankfully, she only loves Ashish. Who, somehow, manages to get her family's nod and gets engaged to her, and even gets transported from Mumbai to somewhere in Europe for songs, and is all set to live happily ever after.

But Ashish is a hypochondriac who'll imagine he's got every ailment including housemaid's knee, and goes to a doctor (Boman Irani as a brilliant Parsi doctor) for a blood report. Circumstances and a misunderstood overheard conversation the doctor's having, connive to give him the wrong impression that he's suffering from terminal, stage-2 cancer, and has only a year at most to live.

So what does Ashish do? Instead of trying to get himself checked by another doctor or getting a second opinion, he acts on the opinion of his friend and colleague Shaayar Kanpuri (Rajpal Yadav at his brilliant best) and sets about wrecking his own reputation with Rani and her family so she can hate and reject him and doesn't have to be left moping when he dies.  But of course, if he'd got a second medical opinion, we wouldn't have had the film.

And while at work, he gets propositioned by a sexy, sultry model, Sania (Mallika Sherawat doing what only she can do best), who tells him, "When I'm good I'm good, when I'm bad I'm better!", and even tells him something like  "If you want a long memorable night, give me a call!" So Ashish gets attached to the strings she wears for clothes, and manages to hurt Rani, who dumps him publicly at a night club.

And before long, Ashish gets funnily caught up in the dangerous, bloody, messy world of underworld crime headquartered in Malaysia, thanks to a manic underworld don Anna, who is Sania's overprotective elder brother, and who hilariously pulls a gun and asks Ashish if he will marry his dear sister Sania!

Of course, we know Ashish isn't dying, and the rest of the film is about what he will do next. And never mind that the  film races to a completely predictable end - the journey is interesting.

The real hero of the film, apart from Akshaye Khanna as Ashish, is the writing and the direction. But after the writing, if there's one really funny character, someone who has you rolling in the aisles, it's got to be the little master of comedy, Rajpal Yadav. The man's a laugh riot, delivering his funny lines with deadpan naturalness. Of course, the situations he finds himself are  very funny, just as the lines he's received from Sanjay Chhel, but Yadav literally seizes the day.

Akshaye Khanna too delivers with great comic timing and fortunately much less of the 'cute' grimacing that he had begun to overdo in recent films. He gels superbly in the comic scenes with Rajpal Yadav, who, incidentally, excels in the scene where he s

Rating: 0 / 5.0

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