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Producer: Ramesh S. Taurani Jayantilal Gada
Director: Sajid-Farhad
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Tamannaah Bhatia, Johnny Lever
Music: Sachin-Jigar
Lyrics: Mayur Puri
Genre: Comedy
Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Film Released on: 08 August 2014
Reviewed by: Anish Mohanty  - Rating: 6.0 / 10
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After writing the screenplay and dialogues for several commercial potboilers in the past, Sajid-Farhad, now turn directors with Entertainment. The film which was earlier called ‘It’s Entertainment’ derives its title from the name of the character the dog plays in the film. In the past, films like ‘Haathi Mere Saathi’, ‘Teri Meherbaaniyan’, ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’, ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’, have featured animals in prominent roles. But, such films have been few and far in between and in recent times, no film has had an animal playing a significant character. So does the film lives up to its title and turns out be a good entertainer?

Akhil (Akshay Kumar) is a good for nothing guy, who, we are told, takes up multiple jobs in a day to pay for the medical expenses of his ailing father (Darshan Jariwala). When Akhil pays a visit to his father in the hospital, he overhears his father telling the nurse that Akhil is not his son. Akhil is in a relationship with Saakshi (Tamannaah), a television actress. Saakshi’s father (Mithun Chakraborty) is against this alliance and wants his daughter to marry a rich man. In between all this mayhem, Akhil gets to know that he happens to be the son of a wealthy diamond merchant, based in Bangkok, called Panna Lal Johri (Dalip Tahil) who has just passed away. Elated at the thought of inhering his father’s wealth, Akhil flies to Bangkok. On reaching Bangkok, Akhil realizes that a dog named Entertainment (Junior-The Wonder Dog) has inherited the property. Akhil is crestfallen and with his friend Jugnu (Krushna Abhishek) plans to bump off Entertainment.

The film is not without its share of blemishes. The major issue with the film is that a lot of scenes seem under developed and rushed up. The confrontational scene between Akhil and his father should have been far more impactful. Also, the way Akhil gets to know of his identity and the intentions of his foster father of thirty years, seem silly. Some of the comic scenes have been overdone, which makes one cringe instead of bringing a smile to one’s face. The arrival of the first two songs (‘Tera Naam Doon’ and ‘Johnny Johnny’) slacken the pace. The climax too, could have been a lot better.

Despite all these factors, ‘Entertainment’ turns out to be a decent entertainer. Sajid-Farhad have been a part of films of different genres as writers, be it comedy (‘Bol Bachchan’, ‘Housefull 2’, ‘Golmaal Returns’ and ‘Golmaal 3’) or action (‘Boss’, ‘Singham’). As far as comedy is concerned, they have mostly stuck to slapstick and in their directorial debut and tread the same path. Their direction is fairly good but how one wishes they had worked harder on the screenplay. While it’s engaging in parts where they must be given credit for brightening up some scenes, elsewhere it has ordinary writing.

The dialogues are also witty and funny at most places but at other times, the overuse of rhyming phrases irritates. Also they could have done away with some offensive and double entendre dialogues that were not necessary in a film like this. Manoj Soni’s cinematography captures the scenic locations of Bangkok very well. Action (Sham Kaushal) is well executed. Sachin Jigar’s music is a mixed bag with only two striking songs (“Tera Naam Doon” and “Johnny Johnny”).

Akshay Kumar has played numerous similar characters in the past and as always, he does complete justice to the character. Watch out for his introduction sequence. Tamannaah looks breathtakingly gorgeous and does very well in the scope she gets. Though she does not get as much screen time as Akshay, she lights up every frame that she appears in. For someone who made her Hindi film debut nine years ago, it’s high time she gets her due. Krushna Abhishek is fantastic. His comic timing is impeccable. Prakash Raj and Sonu Sood, though play negative roles, bring a lot if comic elements in their characters and they do complete justice to the comic as well as the menacing parts.

It’s great to see Johny Lever playing a pivotal role in a film after a long time and needless to say, he is brilliant as always. Mithun Chakraborty is good. Junior-The wonder dog (as credited), as Entertainment, is adorable. He gets to do a lot of action himself and he pulls it off with panache. Dalip Tahil, Darshan Jariwala and Vrijesh Hirjee do not get much scope and are there for a scene or two. Riteish Deshmukh, Shreyas Talpade, Hiten Tejwani and Remo D’Souza appear in interesting cameos.

‘Entertainment’ tries to convey an important message to the audience in an entertaining manner. Overall, the film turns out to be a decent entertainer that keeps one engaged through most of its duration but that said the entertainment quotient could have been far more rich and fulfilling!

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