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A painfully predictable tale about conmen trying to outdo each other.


Starring: Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgn, Kangna Ranaut, Arjun Rampal
Directed by David Dhawan
Rating: *

Cast in the mould of Frank Oz’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, David Dhawan’s Rascals is a painfully predictable tale about conmen trying to outdo each other. So there are tricks, ruses and disguises galore as Chetan Chauhan (Sanjay) and Bhagat Bhonsle (Ajay) play a game of one-upmanship with each other. Taking on this Chetan-Bhagat duo (who that joke is on should be obvious) is yet another crook Anthony (Arjun). And when this trio isn’t playing cat and mouse with each other, they indulge in many a group dancing session to inspired numbers like Shake it saiyyan.

What you eventually land up with is a flaccid, unfunny film with almost no lively situational humour, no crackling chemistry and no rip-roaring gags to speak of. In the name of humour, there are some rhyming lines like earth par anarth and Jab aap zindagi ki mauj mein the, hum fauj mein the. And a racist remark tossed in: “Is kaale gulabjamun ki gori rasgulla beti kaise?”

Kangna makes a grand entry in a white bikini, goes on to wear assorted minis, shrieks, displays her shapely legs and cleavage and shows off her inability to pronounce difficult words like ‘congratulations’. Ajay goes loud, Sanjay sports multi-coloured shirts and Arjun looks perpetually flustered. The climax whimpers, is utterly clumsy and needlessly protracted, as though Dhawan forgot he needed to wrap up what he’d wrought. Let alone laugh, I could barely manage a smile through ‘Trashcals’ (oops!)

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