Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Vir Das, Melyang Chang, Anupam Kher, Kiran Juneja
Director: Parmeet Sethi
The Story: Set in the 1990s, Karan is a 21-year-old genius who has just completed his degree exams along with his best friends Chandu (Vir Das) and Zing (Melyang Chang). The three guys want to make money and go to a guy who deals in imported goods. They act as his ‘Carriers’ and get to see Bangkok at his expense while making a small packet for themselves. They meet Bulbul (Anushka Sharma) on their first trip and the four become great friends. While Karan’s father (Anupam Kher) wants him to do his MBA, Karan is not interested in further studies. All he is interested in is making fast bucks – in a straight or crooked way – he does not care. And make money he does with his maternal uncle’s help. His disgusted father shows Karan the door. Not that it stops the young man. The four of them land in America and continue to pull the wool over the eyes of the law. But after a point, the other three want to call it quits. But Karan wants to go on. The clash of personalities and what happens to them in the long run forms the rest of the plot.
My perception: A mediocre plot and colourful cinematography. Anushka Sharma looks gorgeous and the film has been shot on wonderful locations, but all seen before. Shahid Kapoor has done a good job, but nothing exceptional. Chang and Vir Das have done their roles very well considering that the film is their first. Between the two, my vote goes to Chang.
With Vir Das on board, I did expect to fall off my seat laughing, but alas, nothing close to it. I think Bollywood scriptwriters don’t know how to inculcate comedy in their films. They seriously need to look southwards for this one.
What is wrong with the film? An average story presented in a very ordinary fashion. Nothing grips you about the film – no shocking twists, no earth-shaking climax – just a flow from A to B to C.
I think WE, the audience, have come to expect way more than this.
Verdict: It will soon show up on TV. Watch it then. It is worth a see.
Rating: ** Shaky