Riteish Deshmukh, Vivek Oberoi, Aftab Shivdasani
Ashok Thakeria, Indra Kumar
Milap Zaveri, Tushar Hiranandani
"I got a rocket in my pocket, O baby come and launch it." Yes, that’s right. Those are the lyrics for the title track of director Indra Kumar's film Grand Masti. After an eight year hiatus, Riteish, Vivek, and Aftab are back and looking to celebrate their reunion in grand style with a sequel to Masti (2004). Unfortunately the party comes to an abrupt halt because instead of banking on the sexual innuendo like in Masti which brought out some genuine laughs, this time around the filmmakers hold nothing back. From cheap jokes to brain-dead comedy, instead of being apologetic about its vulgarity, they welcome it with open arms.
Continuing the same premise of 2004’s Masti, Meet (played by Vivek Oberoi) Amar (played by Riteish Deshmukh), and Prem (played by Aftab Shivdasani) are three friends who are tired of being avoided by their preoccupied wives. They decide to hit their college reunion so they can once again relieve their sexual frustrations.
Director Indra Kumar is no stranger to the comedy genre from his previous films like Ishq (1997), Masti (2004), Pyare Mohan (2006), and Dhamaal (2007) which all had their fair share of moments that made you chuckle. In this film, however, the writers hold nothing back from puerile humor and cheap gags. Then you have the women who for the most part are either jiggling their rear ends or heaving their bosoms as the jokes in this film go from childish to disgusting and even offensive. However, given the film title Grand Masti, and a quick look at the promos, it was no surprise the way the film turned out.
To further illustrate the level of jokes used, food items were referred to body parts like doodh (milk) ki factory, to having the college dean’s wife, sister, and daughter named Rose, Mary, and Marlowe. Plus the writers also throw in another lame scene which involves Amar, who is down on his four knees, while Mary (played by Bruna Abdullah) searches for something in his bag as Meet and Prem look on from the shadows of the tent. But everything gets taken to whole new low thanks to a cheap gag centered on a urinating fountain.
There’s not much to say about the performances in the film but credit is due to Riteish, Vivek, and Aftab who put in some fine work despite working off a thin plot. They bring out the right amount of expressions and have some nice comic timing. Sonalee Kulkarni, Manjari Fadnis, and Karishma Tanna, the three wives, do their part but don’t leave any impressions. While Rose, (played Maryam Zakaria), Mary (played by Bruna Abdullah), and Marlow (played by Kainaat Arora) add glamour and sexiness to the film.
Grand Masti is one of those very few Bollywood films that at least attempts to push the boundaries to a whole new level, but unfortunately due to its bad jokes, silly humor, and lame gags, the film misses it mark. That’s why I can only give director Indra Kumar’s Grand Masti a SKIP it. It wastes your time as there are moments in the film that make you cringe over and over again.