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Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, March 29, 2014
Direction: Umesh Bist
Actors: Anupam Kher, Vijay Raaz, Pulkit Samrat, Bilal Amrohi, Mandira Bedi
Rating: *1/2 In the beginning of O Teri, we have our heroes partying in a nightclub with leggy blondes, singing: “You got me going crazy with your butt patlo.” I think that last bit means ‘thin rear end’.

At the end of O Teri, we have a salute to Mahatma Gandhi with the quote: “Be the change you wish to see.” That should give you some idea of how schizophrenic this film is. In between these two extremes, director Umesh Bist gives us the cheerfully low-IQ story of two television reporters unwittingly caught up in scams perpetrated by corrupt politicians, greedy industrialists and fraudulent media houses.There’s a bridge that collapses, an unethical female editor and a dead body that is carted from one location to another.

Yes, it’s Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro reduced to noise and nonsense. Anupam Kher and Vijay Raaz ham. Pulkit Samrat follows in their footsteps. Bilal Amrohi displays little talent. Eventually all that registered was Mandira Bedi’s noodle-strap blouses.