13 June 2006 | Sauvik
Has anyone seen Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels?
This has to be one of the overrated disasters of this year. The original Hera Pheri had a refreshingly new plot, "desi" settings and ample doses of situational comedy.
But this one fails to even come close to the original. I am pretty sure that 95% of the people who will watch this movie have never even heard of "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels". For the uninformed, this is a stylish Brit comedy by Guy Ritchie and is simply amazing. If you ever get a hold on this movie then watch it.
Some of the scenes, plots and situations have been mercilessly copied by Mr. Vohra for his latest film hoping that the ignorant Indian movie goers will love it. Well, he succeeds to some extent. The problem lies in the adaptation. While "Lock, Stock..." is set in Britain with their 90s way of living, the director did a bad job in transposing the settings to modern day Mumbai suburbs. Surprisingly, (well not so surprisingly) even the last open-to-interpretation scene of "Lock, Stock..." has been photocopied.
The dialogs aren't as strong as the original and the director/writer tries hard to impose series of slapstick humor in order to save the movie. And how could I forget those unbearable minutes where one wonders who in the name of God has composed/written/sung this song? The only saving grace are the three lead characters "Raju" (Akshay Kumar), "Ghanshyam" (Sunil Shetty) and "Baburao" (Paresh Rawal). These guys seemed to have mastered the art of comic timing with extra "Bananas" to Paresh Rawal. Most of the actors did a pretty decent job but I felt that some of the characters were wasted.
The reason why it gets a 6 is because of the acting and because of director Neeraj Vohra's courage to make a sequel to a cult movie albeit slaughtering Guy Ritchie mercilessly.
Please go and watch "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels". If you are unable to get hold of a copy, try "Hera Pheri" instead.