Give this rubbish a miss

2008-10-02 08:05

As a kid in the early 1970s I remember watching a film titled Nehlle Pe Dehlle, which starred Sunil Dutt, Vinod Khanna and Saira Banu - it was a masterpiece of that era. I wish I could say the same for Ajay Chandok's mindless comedy Nehlle Pe Dehlle, which has nothing exciting to offer Indian audiences who have witnessed a paradigm shift of Indian films from the '70s to the millennium.

Johnny (Sanjay Dutt) and Jimmy (Saif Ali Khan) are two petty thieves who constantly land up behind bars for their misdeeds. One night they witness the murder of Gupta (Avat Gill), who blurts out the words “Roxy Hotel” to Johnny and Jimmy before his death. They end up as waiters in at this hotel, which is owned by Pooja (Bispasha Basu) and managed by her uncle Balram (Shakti Kapoor). Pooja and her friend Kim (Kim Sharma) are smitten by Johnny and Jimmy. Pooja and Kim plan to start a hotel in Mauritius and instruct Balram to sell off the Goa property. The scheming and corrupt Balram embezzles the funds with the help of three crooks (Mukesh Rishi, Aasif Sheikh and Shiva).

Johnny and Jimmy get wind of Balram's game and demand a share of the loot. This is followed by greed, deceit, murder and the hunt for the hidden treasure that forms the crux of the story.

Sanjay Dutt and Saif Ali Khan have carved niches for themselves in Bollywood and this poorly-scripted film could put them behind in the race, but nevertheless their roles are fairly good. Bipasha and Kim just add oomph to the film.

Ajay Chandok's directorial debut is horrendous, with a predictable script and nothing novel to offer the audience.

I would definitely give this mindless comedy a miss.

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