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Padmashree Laloo Prasad Yadav
Producer: Sagoon Wagh and Manik Bedi Productions
Director: Mahesh V. Manjrekar
Starring: Masumeh, Suniel Shetty, Mahesh Manjrekar, Johnny Lever, Gulshan Grover, Kim Sharma, Anupama Verma, and Kunika
Music: Sukhwinder Singh, Anand Raj Anand
Lyrics: Nitin Raikwar
Genre: Action
Recommended Audience: General
Film Released on: 28 January 2005
Reviewed by: Shruti Bhasin  - Rating: 1.0 / 10
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Where to begin? Its shocking that a man who could make some of the best gripping dramas a few years back (Astitva, Vaastav, Kurukshetra . . . ) can actually create one of the worst films I had to watch.

Oof, just writing this review is a pain. The story alone gave me countless headaches. Why is that almost any stupidity can be called funny? Did Manjrekar really think he was making a good and funny film? Lets see shall we . . .

Our story begins with Padma (Masumeh) who is desperately seeking her late father’s stolen diamonds worth 50 crore. She has a playboy boyfriend, who has a disease, Laloo (Suniel Shetty). His disease, is typical like most guys, “Jab bhi koi ladki dekhe, uska dil diwana bole, Ole Ole Ole”!

So, Padma discovers that the diamonds are in Cape Town, Africa. After fighting with Laloo, she travels alone, but he follows her. They decide to get the town’s biggest don, Johnny (Gulshan Grover), to rob the bank, where the diamonds are held, so Padma and Laloo have an easier time. After the robbery, they rat on Johnny, but he is too smart for them, he only tells his stuttering sidekick, Yadav (Johnny Lever), where the stolen diamonds are. Padma decides to begin flirting with Yadav and Johnny’s lawyer, Prasad (Mahesh Manjrekar) to find out the location of the diamonds. Even Suniel Shetty plays the “gay card” by hitting on Johnny Lever. All together now . . . eeeeeeewwwwwwwwwww! It was classy and funny in Kal Ho Naa Ho, and to an extent in Masti, people are going overboard with the homophobia as the butt of jokes.

Anyway, the whole point being, we need to sit through mindless songs, a slow and dull script, and disgusting performances to see if Padma gets the damn diamonds.

Masumeh added a bit of glamour to the film with her performance, however, its surprising that the same actress was one of the scene stealers in Maqbool. Suniel Shetty is wasted. Mahesh Manjrekar is not an actor and has gone a few notches down in my book if he thinks anyone will appreciate this film. Johnny Lever is annoying to the core. Gulshan Grover is average. Kim Sharma and Anupama Verma have no real role to speak of. Sharat Saxena and Kunika try too hard to be funny.

Overall, even the music is better than the end result, but that doesn’t matter because the effort put towards the film was a big waste of time. Not recommended to anyone sane!

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