|XCUSE ME !|
Khan, Sharman Joshi, Jaya Seal, Sonali Joshi, Pratap Singh, Mushtaq
Khan and Saurabh Shukla
Direction : N Chandra
Music: Sanjeev Darshan
the year 2002 director N.Chandra directed a low budget comedy titled
STYLE which starred all newcomers and was a hip and funky comedy about
college students Bantu
and Chantu and their whacky and crazy antics which were straight out
of a comic book. Although the film was a drag to watch and only appeal
to frontbenchers somehow the film became a hit in Mumbai and managed
to get some sort of cult following among the youth mainly due to the
hit number in the song EXCUSE ME!
a year later N.Chandra follows STYLE up with a sequel titled XCUSE ME
which follows the adventures of Bant and Chantu after college is
finished and funnily enough the film is a better project than the
orignal although thats not saying much!
film starts off exactly where STYLE finished. The duo Bantu(Saahil
Khan) and Chantu(Sharman Joshi) have now finished college and are
still looking for ways of scamming people and making easy money. Their
girlfriends have left them (played by Riya Sen and Shilpi Mugdal in
the orignal) and the two are now single. In order to make some money
and do more scams they enter into the hotel catering business.
their stay in the hotel they encounter some weird character including
the hotel manager(Saurabh Shukla), the housekeeping head of department
who steals from their guests(Mushtaq Khan) and a fraud who claims to
be the Maharani of Janakpur(Shashi Sharma)...not to forget the 2
owners of the hotel who are exremely weird in their behaviour. The duo
sort out the crooks and the frauds and become some sort of heroes.
the way they fall in love with the daughters of the hotel owners
Chundadi (Jaya Seal) and Mundadi(Sonali Joshi)...but there is a catch
if the duo is to marry them!
fathers of the two girls set a challenge to Chantu and Bantu if they
want to marry their daughters. Chantu and Bantu are to revive a hotel resort in Goa which has been forced to shutdown
because a dreaded gangster Pedro and his brother Sahiba operate their
hotel in the same area.
and Bantu accept the challenge and how they revive the dead resort and
win their father-in-laws hearts forms the crux of the story.
is clear that the main purpose of the movie is to entertain and make
the audience laugh. The entire movie has no aim apart from
entertainment and escapism. Much like the orignal, XCUSE ME is laced
with bizzare humour, whacky dialogues, comic filled situations and
crazy characters. The story of the movie is wafterthin and is there
merely to support the antics of the duo.
the orignal XCUSE ME manages to be a comedy throughout without turning
into a thriller of sorts half way like STYLE did and that is one of
the reasons it is a better movie than its predecessor.
a director N.Chandra directs the movie with the right amount of zany
energy needed. It is much different from his serious films like ANKUSH,
TEZAAB, PRATIGHAAT and it is clear that Chandra is directing the movie
just for the pleasure of it. He seems to be enjoying what he is doing
and betters his first effort with this film with punchier gags and
dialogues. Yet it is sad to see a director of his calibre directing
such a juvenile film compared to his previous classics....one really
wishes that Chandra is in top form in his upcoming cop thriller KAGAAR-LIVING
ON THE EDGE which promises the comeback of N.Chandra as a serious
terms of performances the lead pair once again play their part well.
now it is clear that Sharman Joshi and Saahil Khan both feel 100% in
comfort with their parts and enjoy playing the comic roles of Chantu
and Bantu which made them famous in the originally.
Joshi is a complete natural when it comes to comedy and his flair for
comedy is evident. His facial expressions, dialogues and gags are all
spoton and Joshi is indeed a talent to watch out for as iam sure he is
capable of much more than just comedy. He recently gave a wonderful
performance in the lowbudget flop KAHAN HO TUM but his performance
Khan shows vast improvement over his first film and matches Joshi step
for step. Gone is the stiffness that was earlier there in his first
film, Khan now seems more at ease in front of the camera and plays his
actresses in the movie dont have much to do except look gorgeous and
show off their sexy bodies which they do well.
It is surprising to see Jaya Seal play the typical bimbo routine after a remarkable performance in Hansal Mehtas CHHAL! She annoys one with her part and overacts. She is definetly a looker and isnt scared to show it off.
Joshi on the other hand is great in her part. She is cute and camera
friendly and performs well in the comic scenes. From
the supporting cast Saurabh Shukla is a absolute standout as always
and plays his part well.
of the biggest letdown of the movie is the music. Where STYLE was
filled with smash hit street smart taporti numbers such as EXCUSE
ME..KYA RE, XCUSE ME lacks this!
extensively promoted love song ISHQ HUA is catchy but doesnt catch the
viewers attention in terms of picturisation. The other worthy song is
YEH TU KYA KARR RAYLA HAI which is a tapori number but lacks the zing
and wittiness needed for a song like this.
the film is good. The camerawork is bright and is straight from the
pages of a Archies comic book just like the movie.
up XCUSE ME is complete timepass entertainment for those who enjoy
watching brainless comedies....just take it on face value. To give it
credit it is better than the orignal and does manage to raise some
genuine laughs...but apart from that XCUSE ME is nothing more!
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