Montag, 31. Januar 2011

No Problem (2010) - Review in English

About the story: Police Officer Arjun Singh's (Anil Kapoor) life is not easy. At home, he has a schizophrenic wife, Kajal (Sushmita Sen), who not only is his superior's (Shakti Kapoor) daughter but also wants to kill him at least once a day. Apart from that, gangster boss Marcos (Sunil Shetty) and his ladylove Sophia (Neetu Chandra) are making Arjun's life miserable, as well as Raj Ambani (Akshaye Khanna) who falls in love with Kajal's younger sister Sanjana (Kangna Ranaut) – something Arjun deeply disapproves as Raj in his eyes is an incurable criminal. But actually, Raj just doesn't manage to break away from his childhood friend Yash Ambani (Sanjay Dutt) who categorically steals everything he gets his hands on – and thus drives bank owner Zandu Lal (Paresh Rawal) to desperation as well as all the others...

Some crimes are just funny, says the tagline. That's a matter of opinion (especially when people are shot or beaten to death without further ado). Some reviews are just easily written. That's right. For example this one. Why waste more energy than necessary? After all, this is what even Anees Bazmee must have thought while writing his script.

My worst fears after having seen the trailer with the farting gorilla have come true. I considered Ek Aur Ek Gyarah and Shaadi No. 1 as low-points in Sanjay's (comedy) filmography, but No Problem beats both of them – it's unfunny and mostly downright annoying. This concerns both the (non existing) story and the actors – why, oh why do actors like Anil Kapoor and Akshaye Khanna who really have proved their worth and abilities stoop to fidgeting, shouting and hamming through mindless films like this one? Sanjay Dutt actually deserves a big hug for at least acting comparatively normally. But even so he could not save this flop.

Some DVDs are just funny – that sounds like a last desperate attempt of Eros to convince me. Sorry, but for me neither the film nor the DVD was funny. Those who nevertheless want to watch No Problem now – you're welcome, have a try. However, as far as I'm concerned, I'll continue to choose the Munnabhai series if I want to watch good comedies starring Sanjay Dutt.

Produced by Anil Kapoor, Rajat Rawail, B.K. Modi; Directed by Anees Bazmee
140 Min.; DVD: Eros, English Subtitles (including songs); Bonus: Making of the Film
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