Grand Masti Movie Review – Hit or Flop ?

 Grand Masti, promoted as India’s answer to American Pie and Hangover, falls short of expectations.  There are other reviewers and a section of audience who go on a hypocritical tirade about movies like Grand Masti disrespecting women and having vulgar content, when this very same lot will have no problems watching movies like ‘American Pie’ with their tongues wagging out, only to sermonize on how certain Indian movies hurt the moral fabric of society.

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Movies like Grand Masti are meant for entertainment of the naughty kind, restricted to people above 18; and if you do not like such stuff, stay out of it. Silly Confusion  would rather judge the movie on its own merit rather than burden it down with useless points that hold no water.  Though we would have loved to defend Grand Masti to the hilt, we cannot do because as a movie, it falls terribly short of expectations. The project is an absolute exercise in plagiarism, with very little originality in its favor.

Story of Grand Masti

Three married men, Prem (Aftab Shivdasani), Meet (Vivek Oberoi) and Amar (Riteish Deshmukh) are frustrated with their marriage to Tulsi (Manjari Phadnis), Unnati (Karishma Tanna) and Mamta (Sonalee Kulkarni). They do not get  enough action, which is why they decide to get vent to their urges in the college reunion.  Prem hooks up with a libidinous teacher Rose (Maryam Zakaria),  Amar gets cosy with Mary (Brunah Abdullah) while Meet tries to mate with Marlow (Kainaat Arora). It turns out that Rose, Mary, Marlow are the wife, daughter and sister of the ruthless college principal (Pradeep Rawat).

What works for Grand Masti

A couple of one-liners and sequences take the audience by surprise and are quite funny.  One of them is when the trio meet a couple at the airport, and they ask the three to guess the names. The other is when the wives and the girlfriends try their hand on the men, under the table.  The performances by the three male protagonists are also commendable.

What does not work for Grand Masti

We understand that there ought to be no logic in such free-minded entertainers, but there definitely has to be some sort of sense in non-sense too.  This  is not evident in Grand Masti,  it is weird that there  are only three people in the reunion.

Grand Masti is an exercise in  Grand Plagiarism, it copies generously from movies like  Ace Ventura- When Nature Calls, Carry On Series,  Austin Powers, Mr. Bean (series) and even Bollywood’s very own No Entry. The climax scene is a disaster and quite a tepid one.  The editing is also tacky and makes Grand Masti look like a B-grade film.  Writers Milap Zaveri and Tushar Hiranandani show no imagination as they borrow their lines from non-veg forward messages.

Performances in Grand Masti

Riteish Deshmukh and  Aftab Shivdasani are an absolute treat to watch, followed by Vivek Oberoi, who does look a wee bit uncomfortable in the role. Among the other women,  Bruna Abdullah is a delight, followed by Kainaat Arora and Maryam Zakaria. Among the wives, Manjari Phadnis scores, followed by Karishma Tanna and Sonalee Kulkarni.

Grand Masti will be a hit at the box office, as the audience has been looking for a refreshing, dirty comedy but on an entertainment evaluation, it falls below expectations, much lower than Kya Kool Hain Hum series, Delhi Belly and No Entry. Compared to the tangy American Pie, the Indian Pie is staid and stale. Can we get more imaginative, please  ?

Rating – ** (Average)

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