The Shaukeens: Movie Review

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Director: Abhishek Sharma
Cast: Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor, Piyush Mishra as Pinky, Lisa Haydon and Akshay Kumar in an extended special performance.

How I wish I could curse in my reviews but alas! I can't. The Shaukeens is a remake of the 1982 film Shaukeen directed by Basu Chatterjee, starring Ashok Kumar, Utpal Dutt, A. K. Hangal, Rati Agnihotri and Mithun Chakraborty.

The Story is an attempt of trio oldies in their 60’s to fulfil their sensual fantasies far away from home. I have not seen the original ‘Shaukeen’ so unable to compare this latest version directed by Abhishek Sharma but can assure you that the original definitely must have been better.

I can't recall how many times I whipped my phone out and whined to a bunch of my friends who awful the storyline was and even asked a colleague of mine if it was okay if I left the movie towards the end. Basically, to take a break from their routine boring life to enjoy, the trio Anupam Kher as Lali, Annu Kapoor as KD, Piyush Mishra as Pinky land up in Mauritius from Delhi and get into "Hilarious" situations with a PYT (Pretty Young Thing, read dumb) Ahana (Lisa Haydon).

What happens after they meet Ahana forms the crux of the story. To know the full story wait and watch it on big screen. Lisa Haydon has come back again after her stellar performance in Queen. She is the main lead in The Shaukeens. If new age men who want to be so Yo and think talking about Sex is so cool, then The Shaukeens is for you. It is so blatantly portrayed by the director. The men are so lecherous that they end joining a class just to look at the curvaceous instructor. Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor and Piyush Mishra have done just as asked and can be applauded for their acting. Lalli, a sadly married man, KD and Pinky a widower are so desperate to have fun (read to have sex) and try in their utter nonsensical way to impress Lisa by groping, is not so enjoyable.

Don’t know what director Abhishek had thought when he gave this film. The movie is not sleazy but 'can be enjoyed with family' is just not believable. Akshay Kumar who plays as himself goes on to say to those men that, “Men are like dogs, the sight of a woman makes their tongues wag and eyes bulge”

They have portrayed women only as a sex symbol. If a grown up woman like Lisa who claims herself as Gypsy can’t understand that, three and not just one, men are groping and passing lewd comments about her, then where does one have to leave the brain while watching this film is a big question.

The Shaukeens is fun to watch only if you leave behind the logic and turn a blind eye to many bad things that’s been portrayed about women! Although, the songs refuse to stick in the mind, music is not too bad. Yo Yo Honey Singh has given a peppy number yet another time.

All-in-All, 1.5 shors from my end for the 'apt' potrayal the script demanded from Anupam Kher, Piyush Mishra and Annu Kapoor. Cheers.

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