Movie Review: Poster Boys

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Banners: Sony Pictures Networks Productions, Sunny Sounds Pvt. Ltd., Affluence Movie Pvt. Ltd

Producers: Sunny Sound Pvt. Ltd, Shreyas Talpade, Deepti Talpade

Director: Shreyas Talpade

Cast: Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Shreyas Talpade, Sonali Kulkarni, Samiksha Bhatnagar, Tripti Dimri

Writers: Bunty Rathore, Paritosh Painter (Screenplay), Sameer Patil (Story)

Music: Tanishk Bagchi

After watching a strong remake of a regional comedy film last week, there was hope that the trend would continue. Shreyas Talpade saw huge success when he produced= the Marathi Poshter Boyz in 2014. Three years later, he decided to go in for a double-header and has made the Hindi version of the movie, which is also his directorial debut. Maybe he should have quit while he was still ahead.

Since the biggest USP of the film, which was its unique script, was now known. The makers should have concentrated on a strong screenplay. However, that wasn’t the case. The story not only has too many loopholes that can’t be overlooked, it also has multiple social messages that leave you wondering about the actual moral of the story.

The film starts with the three main heroes who live in a small town in North India. We see Jaagavar Chaudhary (Sunny Deol), a selfie-obsessed, middle-aged man who is gearing up for his sister’s engagement. Then there is the embodiment of the absent-minded professor, Vinay Sharma (Bobby Deol), who is trying to hold on to his marriage to a nightmare of a wife Surajmukhi (Samiksha Bhatnagar). Lastly, there is Arjun Singh (Shreyas Talpade), who is on the brink of getting hitched to his girlfriend Riya (Tripti Dimri)

The three friends go to a village mela and get their pictures clicked at a photo booth in the midst of a totally unnecessary item song. Next thing they know, their pictures have been turned into a poster for vasectomy and are plastered all over the village. Everyone they know is laughing at them and their families have to bear the brunt.

Engagements, hearts and marriages are broken due to this, ruining the lives of these three men who with their sidekicks are now running from one government official to another to find out who wronged them. When they are not given justice, they decide to embark on a pretty bizarre protest. The story progresses as the famously titled poster boys go to battle with the big, bad politicians.

While the movie is not very long, it drags quite a bit in both the first and the second halves. After establishing the premise, the film takes a rocky path and is peppered with some interesting bouts of comedy, which is not enough to hold your attention, especially as the end is predictable.

Besides the main crux of the film, the rest of it falls in the area of being generic. At one point in the first 10 minutes itself, the movie becomes so typically ’80s that Sunny Deol as Jaagavar Singh, actually removes his pagdi to lay it at the feet of the ladkawalas so that they don’t break their son’s marriage to his sister after they

spot his face on the posters. And this is not the only flaw in the script. The slapstick act by Bobby Deol is awkward as well as flat at several points. The climax is over-dramatised to dole out the many Value Education lessons attached to this film, like population control, gender equality, etc.

But there are many good parts to the film, too. The best one-liners throughout the film are the real-life-related puns cracked by the actors. Sunny Deol’s famous lines of dhai kilo ka haath and taarikh pe taarikh are well-placed. Bobby Deol’s Soldier soldier ringtone cracks you up every time it rings in the film. Talpade is known for his comic timing and does not disappoint with his North Indian accent spouting well-timed punches as well as with his hilarious reactions in funny situations. A special mention to both his sidekicks for being quite the entertainers.

Talpade has to be given credit for trying to bring a good concept to Bollywood but without powerful writing, it doesn’t work out so well. As far as his direction is concerned, it’s a decent debut.

Performance-wise, Sunny Deol holds his own well and succeeds in entertaining the audience. Bobby Deol is fantastic. Shreyas Talpade is strong as usual in his favoured genre. Sonali Kulkarni is good. The other two heroines in the film, Samikhsa Bhatnagar and Tripti Dimri, are all right. The friends Tasha Bhambra and Ajeet Singh Palawat are also a highlight, with some really funny lines. The other supporting cast is decent. Sachin Khedekar’s cameo is a pleasant surprise at the end.

Verdict: Average.

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