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Xcuse Me
Producer: N. Chandra
Director: N. Chandra
Starring: Sharman Joshi, Sahil Khan, Jaya Seal, Sonali Joshi (introducing),Saurabh Shukla, Mushtaq Khan, Pratap Singh
Music: Sanjeev-Darshan
Lyrics: Abbas Katka
Genre: Comedy
Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Film Released on: 26 September 2003
Reviewed by: Ron Ahluwalia  - Rating: 4.0 / 10
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N. Chandra has simply gone crazy! After creating one of the most idiotic movies in the history of Indian Cinema (Style), he made the whole world think that stupidity has reached its zenith! Well think again! Mr. Chandra has gone one step further in the idiocy department and has come up with fabulous results: Xcuse Me! Xcuse Me lacks what its prequel boasted of: comedy. This movie can only boast of rediculous scenes with the honest intent to make the audience laugh, but fails miserably!

Chantu and Bantu (Sharman Joshi and Sahil Khan, respectively) have finally graduated from college and are working at a Goan resort. The owners of the resort challenge Chantu and Bantu to bring the resort back to its old glory by ruining the business of the nearby resort that was recently opened by the underworld gangster Pedro (Pratap Singh).

Yes, there are two leading ladies, Jaya Seal and

Sonali Joshi, who play the owners┬┤ daughters. And yes, they do run around Goa with Chantu and Bantu singing songs.

Xcuse Me has precious little to offer for two and a half hours. Barring Sharman Joshi┬┤s "sex-kitten" act, and the sequences with Shammi Sharma (who is a charlatan pretending to be the Maharani of Janakpur), no other portions of the film satisfy the viewers┬┤ need for laughs! N. Chandra has some serious re-thinking to do about his prowess in comedy.

At least Style had a plot that kept the view half-interested (who cares if it took Chandra forever to establish it!), but Xcuse Me has no such affect.

Like most Hindi movies, the climax of Xcuse Me is another letdown. It tries to bring the entire cast of the movie together for a final dosage of alleged comedy, akin to Hera Pheri and the recent Hungama. Priyadarshan was able to get this technique right both times, whereas N. Chandra┬┤s climax is simply mundane.

The music by Sanjeev-Darshan is pathetic, but serves the pruposes of the film; the less said, the better.

Finally, the performances are as lack luster as the rest of the movie, with a few exceptions. As mentioned earlier, the ladies have nothing to do in terms of acting, and their performances relfect that. Jaya Seal was much better in Chhal. Saurabh Shukla and Mushtaq Khan are below average. Shammi Sharma is first-rate.

Between Sharman and Sahil, Sharman once again comes off with the better performance. Somebody please give this guy a decent movie to do! You won┬┤t regret it. As for the muscle-bound moron, Sahil Khan has shown lots of improvement, but still has a long way to go.

All said and done, make sure you "xcuse" yourself from watching this flick.

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