IBNLiveIBNLive

[+] 4 recent


Masand: 'Badmaash Company', outrageously silly

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

Print Email
Google Buzz

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

Write your own review


IBNliveMore on: Masand's verdict, bollywood, now showing



Previous Story
Masand: 'It's A Wonderful Afterlife', old-fashioned tale
IBNLiveIBNLive
IBNLiveIBNLive
IBNLive IBNLive

Comments

8

  

All comments will be published after moderation.

IBN7IBN7
IBNLIVE

Related Topics

IBNLIVE
IBN7

Also in Movies News

Video
U2 rockstar Bono hits the big 50
10:16 AM, May 10, 2010

'I wrote 'Badmaash Company' in frustration'

The film is about four friends doing con jobs to become rich overnight, has got good reviews. 08:55 AM, May 10, 2010
Photogallery
Hot mums we like to see on screen
12:38 PM, May 09, 2010
Video
I'm a cancer survivor: Lisa Ray
13:54 PM, May 08, 2010
Photogallery
EYE CANDY: Ekta's rare appearance, hot Brinda Parekh
12:12 PM, May 08, 2010

Hrithik wanted to quit acting career

Know what happened to the actor before he started shooting for 'Kites' 12:01 PM, May 08, 2010

Salman believed I'd achieve success: Kat

The otherwise tight-lipped actress talks about her relationship with Salman 11:16 AM, May 08, 2010

Masand: 'Badmaash Company', outrageously silly

Packed with lazy cliches and convenient plot-holes, "Badmaash Company" is unforgivably long. 21:33 PM, May 07, 2010

Masand: 'It's A Wonderful Afterlife', old-fashioned tale

In the end, the film is a little too sentimental for an out-and-out comedy. 21:11 PM, May 07, 2010
IBN7
IBNLiveIBNLive
IBNLiveIBNLive
India's best  portfolio manager

Track your Wealth across Stocks, Mutual Funds, ULIPs, Bullion through Live Price updates on moneycontrol.com

Username : 
Password : 

Take your Pick

Who is the sexiest model in the world?

V/S

Hot Pick

Song of the Day

Video of the Day

Poll

Do you think the IPL is to blame for the India team's poor show in the T20 World Cup?