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Nayee Padosan

Rahul Bhatt, Vikas Kalantri, Anuj Sawhney, Aslam Khan, Mahek Chahal

india Updated: Jun 07, 2003 21:13 IST

A jolly cooler in summertime is welcome. More so, what with last week’s Bhoot having sent the spines chilling, a comedy is just perfectly-timed to make you forget the shudders. For ace choreographer-turned-filmmaker BH Tharun Kumar’s directorial debut, Nayee Padosan, that much should be USP enough to guarantee some smiles on the faces of the movie buffs.

Nayee Padosan does score a few points on the humour front, in the first half at least. To give credit to the first-time director, he seems to be on the right track in most parts. At a time when the Govinda-David Dhawan brand of comedy seems to be on the wane, Nayee Padosan comes across as a crazy and colourful attempt at humour. It’s slapstick mostly, but it’s not cheap. And despite the bulky count of lead characters (four heroes – make that five, because one has a double role – and one heroine) in the film, Tharun Kumar is comfortable handling the cast.

Pooja (Mahek Chahal) has just shifted to town with her family, where the three heroes reside. The first, Raju (Anuj Sawhney), is an MBA living next door. The second, Ram (Vikas Kalantri) is an unemployed actor whom a fraud astrologer promises that his career will take off if he marries a girl whose name starts with the ‘P’. And the third, Raja (Aslam Khan) is a guitar-strummer who is inspired to learn Indian classical music once he meets Pooja.

Tharun Kumar doesn’t waste much time over establishing characters and the laugh riot starts immediately, as the three guys engage in a game of one-upmanship to win over the girl. The situation gets out of control for them, though, with the entrance of Prabhu (Rahul Bhatt), Pooja’s childhood friend, who is one up on all three on every imaginable count and whom the girl’s parents also adore.

Nayee Padosan would have worked as a madcap comedy had Tharun Kumar got his climax right. The end is a wee bit dragged, which results in the audience realising who’ll get the girl a bit too early.

The performances are okay. Mahek, Anuj and Rahul (he’s better as the Tamil-accented Prabhu than as the don, his double role in the film) are good. Aslam needs to control his tendency to over-act. And Vikas needs to work on dialogue delivery.

Nayee Padosan primarily targets the youth and a bit more imaginative thrust towards the end would have certainly helped.

First Published: Jun 07, 2003 21:13 IST