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Masand: 'Badmaash Company', outrageously silly

Posted on May 07, 2010 at 21:33 | Updated May 08, 2010 at 01:56

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Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Vir Das, Meiyang Chang

Director: Parmeet Sethi

Parmeet Sethi, writer-director of this week's "Badmaash Company" has been quoted as having said that he took all of six days to hammer out the script of this film. Well, guess what? It shows!

Set in the early 90s, in a pre-liberalized India when foreign brands were expensive and hard to get your hands on, "Badmaash Company" is an outrageously silly story of four middle-class friends who accumulate much wealth when they figure out a perfect con that involves selling imported sneakers.

Shahid Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Vir Das and Meiyang Chang star as the bore-some foursome who are shown repeating this con over and over and over again till it begins to feel like a tutorial guide. Greed takes them westwards, and next thing you know they're in New York repeating the exact same con with leather gloves.

Like those melodramatic buddy movies of the 80s, the friends fall out over ego clashes and disagreements, but are reunited in the end, when -- believe it or not -- they repeat a similar con with a range of defective shirts that they label 'The Bleeding Madras', whose sales go through the roof when they somehow manage to get Michael Jackson to wear one.

Packed with lazy clichés and convenient plot-holes, "Badmaash Company" is unforgivably long and insufferably boring. The acting -- from all four leads -- is nothing to speak of, and Sethi's direction is amateurish to put it politely.

The funniest scene in the film takes place in an airplane when an oversexed Vir Das appears to be talking to Anushka Sharma, but his eyes are fixed on her chest. Pulling up her blanket to hide what he seems so distracted by, she says: "These don't speak."

This scene appears within the first 15 minutes of the movie, and it's the only time you smile.

Flogging the infamous Yash Raj Films formula of stylish costumes, gorgeous foreign locations and hip dance numbers, Sethi delivers a film that is entirely superficial and staggeringly dull. I'm going with one-and-a-half out of five for director Parmeet Sethi's "Badmaash Company". Unless you enjoy being punished, stay far away from this one.

Rating: 1.5 / 5

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