The film ‘Humshakals’ Directed by Sajid Khan has Saif Ali Khan, Ritesh Deshmukh, Ram Kapoor playing the lead roles. , The film revolves around two best friends, Saif Ali Khan and Riteish Deshmukh, and their conniving uncle, Ram Kapoor, and the confusion that follows when all of them have 2 sets of lookalikes with the same name. Sajid’s Humshakals picks its basic formula of laughter from The Comedy Of Errors. Adaptatition from this famous Shakespearean play is not new in Bollywood. Shakespeare recipe worked for Kishore Kumar and Asit sen in Do Dooni Chaar of 1968 and then again for Sanjeev Kumar and Deven Varma in Gulzars hit Angoor which got Released on 1982. The earlier film was more royal and creatively more classier versions of the Shakespearean comedy. But her Sajid has added some twists and that has lead to a mess up of the whole film
Humshakals is about three sets of three lookalikes. Ashok (Saif) is a rich business tycoon based in London, his best friend Kumar (Riteish Deshmukh) plus an evil Mamaji (Ram Kapoor) who is out to prove both are insane, because he wants Ashok’s zaidaad. But the Trio is unaware they have lookalikes among patients in a mental hospital. The story revolves around a greedy uncle who hatches a plot to usurp the riches unscrupulously. While the uncle connives with his doctor-friend [Nawwab Shah] to grab the fortune, complications arise when they discover the look-alike of Ashok and his friend Kumar .
When Mamaji comes to know, he plans to substitute the real Ashok and Kumar with their insane lookalikes, because that would help his plan. In turn, the real Ashok and Kumar want to use Mamaji’s lookalike to foil his evil bid.
Bollywood is always obsessed with lot of double roles , triple roles and even multiple roles , But Sajid Khan’s HUMSHAKALS is, perhaps, the first Hindi movie that has each of the three male reprising triple roles..
Three actors in triple roles is something Bollywood has never tried before, so Humshakals did look like a fresh idea ever since it was announced . But the problem was that Sajid Khan was never a good storyteller. His brand of humour, got worked for some time but now it seems on its way out now.
Usually Sajid’s comedy are silly , and this film is also not an exemption. The film looses it novelty at the early stage itself and the end result is forced humour. Some jokes are too forced, some plain stupid and illogical. HUMSHAKALS drains you at the end of it, despite the actors putting their best foot forward and trying so so so hard to make you giggle even when the gags are weak. The banal jokes and the lame PJs coupled with the muddled screenplay are clearly responsible for the royal mess.
Seriously, it’s damn difficult to poke fun at oneself. More so, if the film-maker has delivered an unmitigated disaster in the past. But Sajid Khan has learned to laugh at himself.
Sample this: In an important sequence in HUMSHAKALS, Satish Shah — who portrays the part of the warden in a mental asylum — decides to teach Saif, Riteish and Ram Kapoor [who attempt to flee the mental asylum] a lesson they’d never forget. “I am going to inflict the biggest torture on you guys,” he tells the trio, before proceeding to show them — hold your breath — Sajid’s own HIMMATWALA. In the end [while showing the footage during the end credits], Satish Shah takes out the DVD of Sajid’s sister Farah Khan’s TEES MAAR KHAN to inflict torture on the trio.
That Sajid Khan has a wacky sense of humour and makes zany, over the top entertainers is known to all and sundry. In his latest outing HUMSHAKALS, Sajid attempts a crazy entertainer yet again, but peppers it with inane, ridiculous episodes that makes you wonder, is this for real? I mean, there’s a drug that would make you behave like a dog for a day… a sneeze that could make someone so infuriated that he bays for your blood; the only way to calm him down is by offering him a lollipop… a spray can transform men into sex-maniacs… a comatose patient can be alright when people start fidgeting with the medical apparatus, thinking it to be some sort of a video game… oh yes, there’s a Prince Charles look-alike too, who breaks into Hindi in a bizarre climax.
Like his cinema or not, Sajid’s laughathons have regaled the spectators since his big screen debut [HEYY BABYY; 2007]. Over the years, the HOUSEFULL franchise — HOUSEFULL and HOUSEFULL-2 — have only cemented his status as an entertainer who endeavours to make the audience flex their facial muscles in those 2+ hours. The only sore point in his career has been HIMMATWALA, but one expects him to bounce back with renewed vigour with HUMSHAKALS. It’s sad to see Sajid going wrong yet again. HEYY BABYY, HOUSEFULL and HOUSEFULL-2 were not path-breaking films, but they entertained. But the latest film HUMSHAKALS doesn’t.
The film heats up when these three dress up as woman. There is nothing much to write about the three leading ladies Bipasha Basu , Thamanna Bhatia, and Esha Gupta in the film. They do have a very little part to play , we can say they are reduced to being decorative props. They don’t get much
Screen time actually. Sathish Shah, as the hitler- worshiping warden of mental hospital is the most effortless comedian in the film. He is hilarious and brings the house down. Riteish looks convincing . the film belongs to him who proves that he has an incredible timing for comedy. Saif steps into a new territory with this one, but there are times when he looks out of place completely. Ram Kapoor . Ram does a decent job of playing the mean mama and the actor does complete justice to them. Nawwab Shah is efficient, as always. Chunkey Pandey is wasted. Ditto for Aakash Khurana and Suresh Menon. Darshan Jariwala is alright.
Handling a complicated screenplay is indeed demanding — an arduous task, frankly — but Sajid has, in the past, handled multiple characters in most of his films. Nonetheless, the script of HUMSHAKALS falls into a new terrain completely and the going can be slippery if it lacks the grip. Of course, the intent — providing laughs and offering entertainment — remains the same, but the triple roles have to ensure abundant entertainment for you to relish the ride. While Sajid keeps the storytelling simple and uncomplicated, the fun quotient is missing for most parts, appearing in bits and spurts only.
The soundtrack is pleasant, with the composer belting out a couple of hummable tunes. The plush locales of London and the grandiose production design gives the film the required scale.
You can’t help but laugh at this genuinely funny jibe that Sajid cracks on himself and his sister. Unfortunately, the laughs are scattered and few and far between in HUMSHAKALS.
Sure, we relish madcap entertainers, but what Sajid serves in HUMSHAKALS transcends all limits!
On the whole, HUMSHAKALS tries too hard to make you laugh, but fails miserably.