Sohail Khan is fast making his way into the list of Bollywood’s top producers. The young lad has already had a fruitful year with the success of Lucky - No time for love. While Lucky was a sweet love story, his latest flick, Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya, is a chaotic comedy. And speaking of a madcap comic caper, David Dhawan is the best man for the job. Having India’s most bankable actor as his elder brother, it is only obvious that Sohail would sign Salman Khan as the leading man. What’s more? Salman is accompanied by a huge and happening supporting cast comprising of Sushmita Sen, Arshad Warsi, Katrina Kaif, Beena Kak, Rajpal Yadav and Sohail himself. Though released amidst tremendous speculation, and surrounded by controversy thanks to the recently released Salman-Aishwarya tape, MPKK still comes out as the single hottest release this summer. So, does it have the same magic as last year’s David-Salman smash hit Mujhse Shaadi Karogi? Does it have enough laughs to tickle your funny bone for its 2 and half hour duration? Read on and you’ll find out…
The film is about a flirtatious orthopedic surgeon, Samir Malhotra (Salman) who finally falls in love with Sonia (Katrina), a model, who keeps getting her way with Samir by faking suicide at the drop of a hat. All hunky dory? Not really. The problem is that Samir had already lied to Sonia that he was married and now that he has fallen for her and wants to make her his wife, Sonia wants to meet his wife that in reality, never existed. Enters Naina (Sushmita); Samir’s devoted nurse who also happens to have a soft corner for our troubled doc. Samir sheds a tear or two and Naina is emotionally blackmailed into helping him out by faking to be his wife. What starts off as a simple meeting between the two ladies, soon transforms into a crazy chain of even crazier events.
Though the story has some shades of Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, it has enough steam to keep your laughter engine running full speed. MSK marked off a new beginning in David’s sagging career. The film was technically spectacular, musically sound and high on content showing off a new technology-savvy David. Thankfully enough, we get to see an even better David in MPKK. The director is getting better and funnier with age. In today’s times where it is so important for filmmakers to be market savvy and keep up with ever-changing audiences, David seems to have struck the right balance. He ably blends humor with glamour, glitz, grandeur and adds some commercial spice to the mix serving up a snazzy, tasty and humorous curry called MPKK. What’s even more pleasing about the funny man’s direction is that he doesn’t compromise content for presentation. While the film looks slick and glossy, it is highly engrossing and comes off as David’s finest comedy to date.
The David Dhawan brand of filmmaking has always been known for its crude jokes, double meaning one liners, over-suggestive physical gestures and a bulky, repetitive Govinda. But whenever the filmmaker has teamed up with Salman, the films have always been more classy, less vulgar and decent enough for family viewing. The trend continues with MPKK as well. There’s no Khatiyaa’s, no Pelvic Thrusts, no Suhaag Raat songs and no double meaning conversations this time around too. And unlike David’s previous attempts where the actors were supposed to be funny rather than the lines themselves, the film relies heavily on hilarious situations and witty encounters. What’s more, Sanjay Chhel’s dialogues and Rumi Jaffery’s screenplay bring the house down at various instances and frankly, are the highlights of the film. The fast pace has been evenly maintained throughout and the film moves at a brisk speed therefore, not leaving much room for boredom. The screenplay does have its share of flaws and the songs have been forced into the proceedings but the enterprise is so high on entertainment and laughs that one doesn’t mind neglecting the loopholes in the narrative. But hey, this is Vintage David Dhawan; senseless yet rip roaring. If Rumi can come up with something as funny as this with his upcoming directorial debut, God Tussi Great Ho, I am up for it for sure!
As mentioned earlier, the film carries a polished look throughout and has been expertly crafted. Each and every frame looks well-decorated and the songs have been nicely canned. Watch out for Dil Di Nazar and Yeh Ladki - both have been superbly cinematographed. Art direction goes well with the film and enhances its overall look. Background score is top notch and boosts the impact. Sohail Khan even gets his own theme music ala Akshay Kumar in MSK. In a nut shell, this doesn’t look like just another David Dhawan flick and Sohail must be congratulated for coming up with a high quality product.
Himesh Reshammiya too plays his part well. He has come up with tunes tailor-made for a David Dhawan entertainer. The songs are racy, foot-tapping and entertaining to the say the least. Their expert picturization only adds to their effectiveness. My personal favorite is Dil Di Nazar. The song not only sounds groovy but is surely the best filmed dance number to come out in a while. I’ll personally prefer it any day over a certain Kaal Dhamaal or Kajra Re.
A David Dhawan flick is never complete without a cast made up of wild characters. There’s a confused doctor, an outrageous struggler, an irritating and pushy girl friend, a sacrificing madly-in-love nurse, a playful best friend, a slap-swinging mother and what’s more, David throws in an insanely obsessed shorty in Rajpal Yadav for good measures. All the characters have been given equal importance and all the actors have done a great job.
MPKK is a Salman Khan show all the way. Samir is a role tailor made for Salman and he does it so well that it is hard to imagine anyone playing the coming off age Casanova other than Bollywood’s funniest leading man himself. His expressions are utterly hilarious and he intones his voice to his maximum advantage. Having the best comic timing alongside Paresh Rawal and Govinda, Salman Khan leads MPKK’s nutty brigade right from the front with an effortlessly natural performance.
Sushmita Sen’s role requires her to be sweet and at times, sensuous and she does that with grace. She gets more footage than Katrina and turns in a decent performance.
Katrina Kaif looks breathtakingly gorgeous and emotes extremely well. But she surely needs to improve her dubbing skills. MPKK should have been her debut instead of the forgetful Boom. Both these women have an incredibly sizzling chemistry with Salman and this fact is apparent in each and every frame they share with him.
Rajpal Yadav is hilarious as Thapa and as always, his comic setting with Salman is highly amusing. Beena Kak is supposed to play a slap-throwing controlling mother and boy, does she deliver or what! Every slap of her evokes a mighty laughter and her dialogue delivery packs a punch. Bollywood has suddenly found a new mother - Beena Kak slaps her way through the long list of Bollywood mums and comes right on top! Isha Koppikar looks attractive for the two dance numbers and does an OK job with the couple of lines she has been given.
MPKK is one of those films that have not just one but two surprise packages! Sohail Khan’s Pyaare is as enduring as Arshad Warsi’ Vicky. While Sohail does a great job at making Salman’s life a living hell, Arshad charms his way into the viewer’s heart with his entertaining portrayal of Salman’s best friend. While Arshad is no stranger to comedy, Sohail seems at remarkable ease playing a funny man. Although he does get loud at times, Sohail shows a great flare for comedy with Pyaare being his finest performance so far. Arshad on the other hand plays right to the gallery having been given the funniest lines out of all and every antic of his is downright funny. If these two don’t make it to the final 5 at the awards next year, I’ll be convinced that there’s no justice in Bollyland.
Having already had strong advance booking at the Box Office, Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya is by far the most entertaining film of the year. An amazing cast, superlative performances, hilariously devised situations, and wit at its best, MPKK is hardcore entertainment of the highest order. So, leave your thinking caps at home and enjoy watching the wackiest comedy of the year. The tape controversy not withstanding, MPKK should emerge one of the biggest money spinners of the calendar year. Two Thumbs Up, Way Up