All the Best
Director: Rohit Shetty
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, Bipasha Basu, Fardeen Khan, Mugdha Godse
<b2>A new genre has arrived in Bollywood! I would like to call it Shetty comedy! The Golmaal director has certainly succeeded in creating a brand for himself with All the Best.
Though some situations in the movie look forced, but cinema is known for taking such liberties. How else do you think Manmohan Desai would have survived. The best thing about Shetty comedies, are they don't seem repetetive, and every time offers something fresh. Despite using the same comic formula (of punchy dialogues and multiple characters), till now Rohit Shetty has prevented himself from being typecast.
But beyond a point, it's difficult to maintain that comic momentum. Even comedy king like David Dhawan slips whenever he's overconfident. The recent example being Do Knot Disturb.
On the performance front, full marks can be given to Sanjay Dutt who manages to elicit laughter every time he enters the scene. And the best thing is he has stepped out of his Munnabhai image in the flick and yet looks distinct. He has also moved one step ahead from his Haseena Man Jaayegi sort of comedy and has developed a new matured style.
For the actor who has done action roles for more than three decades, it's commendable to re-explore himself at this stage and come out with different comic tricks everytime. Interestingly, in the movie he says, "Action to main 30 saal se kar raha hu, comedy ab shuru ki hai".
The only problem is the actor's weight because of which he's started resembling Sunil Dutt now. Need to shape up a bit!
Ajay Devgn, the producer of the movie, has become a regular at Shetty's movies. He is a natural and performs every role with an effortless ease. Besides comedy, he provides some emotional-relief too. One impactful scene is where Ajay realises that the net of deceit is affecting his personal equation with Bipasha (who's playing his wife). It's interesting to see his character taking a complete U-turn from a fun-loving guy to a senstive person.
He is good but not at his best this time. Probably because he doesn't offer something new in his acting style. But his chemistry with Bipasha Basu is palpable.
Bipasha Basu is new to the comedy genre. Beginners in comedy tend to overact, but Bipasha has managed to impress with her subtle comic timing. With a little more experience in the genre, the best in her can come out.
Mugdha Godse doesn't get into the skin of her character. She certainly needs a tonic to boost her comic quotient.
Fardeen Khan is comfortable in his comic zone and comes out with a nice performance!
Overall, if your doctor has advised you laughter therapy, then go watch All the Best. Ingredients of the medicine? Hilarious moments, rib-tickling dialogues, crisp editing, mind boggling situations, minus double meaning dialogues this time.