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Review: Dhoondte Reh Jaoge

The movie gets so progressively atrocious that after a point you’re not sure what’s spoof and what’s not. And the climax is a complete howler, except that by then, you can’t even laugh at the banality of it all, writes Shashi Baliga.

india Updated: Apr 20, 2009 17:39 IST
Shashi Baliga

Dhoondte Reh Jaoge
Cast:
Paresh Rawal, Kunal Khemu, Sonu Sood, Soha Ali Khan, Johny Lever
Direction: Umesh Shukla
Rating: *

If you’ve seen the ads with fulsome praise from 'Daddy Boil' and 'Karan Jholar' — well, the whole movie is like that, only. Paresh Rawal plays a has-been producer called Raj Chopra, Sonu Sood a superstar named Aryan Kapoor, Johny Lever a Paki-loving scriptwriter called Parvez Asharraf who writes a role for Rabbar Singh… and so on.

It’s a bit like one of those MTV spoofs, and whaddya know, they’ve even got the guy who does the TV take-off on Sanjeev Kumar’s Thakur in Sholay. But the movie gets so progressively atrocious that after a point you’re not sure what’s spoof and what’s not. And the climax is a complete howler, except that by then, you can’t even laugh at the banality of it all.

Not after you’ve seen Sonu Sood in a quadruple role and Soha Ali as Pawar’s aspiring actress girlfriend with thick glasses and two plaits that are scarily reminiscent of Antara Mali’s in Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon. And not after a string of take-offs on (not again!) Sholay, Lagaan and Gadar.

Very briefly, the story is about two losers — Raj Chopra and honest CA-turned-trickster Anand Pawar (Kunal Khemu) — who dream up an elaborate con in which they will borrow Rs 105 crore for a movie, make a flop on a Rs 5 crore budget and pocket the change.

Against all expectations, the film turns out to be a hit. If Dhoondte Reh Jaoge manages to work a similar miracle, you could credit Paresh Rawal and Kunal Khemu for the sincerity they bring to this film. The lone star is solely for them.