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Upperstall Review

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All The Best

 

Hindi, Comedy, 2009, Color





Veer (Fardeen Khan) is a singer by profession, who extracts extra pocket money from his step-brother Dharam (Sanjay Dutt), a business-honcho from London. He lise about his single status and puts it as 'happily married. His friend Prem (Ajay Devgan), a concept car expert, lends him a helping hand in this. Veer is in love with Vidya (Mugdha Godse) but is hated by her father. Prem is happily married to Jhanvi (Bipasha Basu) who takes care of his ancestor's out dated Gymnasium. Veer and Prem land up in debts as they had opted for a short-cut to earn easy money. The two get into a bigger soup when Veer's step-brother, Dharam pays a sudden visit to their place. Due to unavaoidable circumstances, Prem's wife Jhanvi is mistaken for Veer's and Veer's girlfriend for Prem's! The two start juggling between prolonging the debt payment to a local don and pacifying Dharam, about the false status regarding the women...



With All The Best, Rohit Shetty has assuredly taken over the David Dhawan’s mantle of Bollywood’s Nizaam of Nonsense. This “unpretentious” “comedy” looks like the best bet at the box office, far ahead of both Main aurr Mrs Khanna and Blue. Based on a play by the same name, there isn’t much to talk about as far as the film goes. It looks exactly the same as Sunday or Golmaal Returns, and in a sense, it almost is. Rohit Shetty has mastered his craft to a formula, and to his credit, knows exactly what he needs to do with a film to rake in the moolah. So what you get at the end is not so much a film, but a series of stunts, gags, farcical sequences, and slapstick moments that on their own could have fitted in any of his other films.

Sanjay Dutt has a knack for comedy, and comes through for what he has to do in the film. All the rest are just about ok, and the only treat to look out for is Johnny Lever, in a hilarious spoof on Karz’s Sir Judah. One often complains of random plugs in other films with Johnny Level doling out ridiculous lines, often his track having nothing to do in the film. In this one case, it’s worth it, probably because the whole film works that way. The much hyped 6 crore song is a little embarrassing with Ajay, Sanjay and Fardeen trying to play rock stars when they clearly are not. Guys, we’ve seen Rock On!!

The bottom line fact is that All The Best was a big investment financially, and it may just pay off for Ajay Devgan. It means that there is a huge, paying audience who want to see these films. That this is a highly compromised film seems to be irrelevant, and that is scary. While there is always room for a Rohit Shetty or David Dhawan in Bollywood, it will be a sad day if this comes at the complete loss of good cinema. Box office collections notwithstanding.


Upperstall review by: Mr Care


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