159 Min | Comedy | June 2014
IMDB Rating: 2.1
Director: Sajid Khan
Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Ritesh Deshmukh, Ram Kapoor
Humshakals Review: Sajid Khan has made entertaining, if not memorable films in the past. Heyy Babyy, Housefull and Housefull 2 had the capacity to entertain you, although Himmatwala was a disappointment. Sajid returns to direction with ‘Humshakals’. Sadly, the humor in this big-budgeted comedy, is childish. There are a few chuckles, but there are few and far between. ‘Humshakals’ revolves around a greedy uncle, played by Ram Kapoor, of a tycoon, Ashok, played by Saif Ali Khan, who hatches a plot to usurp the riches unscrupulously. While the uncle connives with his doctor-friend to grab the fortune, complications arise when they discover the look-alikes of Ashok and his friend Kumar, played by Riteish Deshmukh.
‘Humshakals’ begins on a promising note, but the pace drops sooner than expected. The triple roles don’t really work, while the proceedings are over-the-top. Some of the jokes involving a tycoon who has no sense of humor whatsoever, are cheesy, but truly funny. But watching 3 men as drags, seducing other-men, is anything, but funny. Sajid has a sense of humor for sure and that’s evident in some sequences in ‘Humshakals’. But, in totality, he has not lived up-to the mark. The Writing is clearly the downer here. Sajid’s Direction is average. Cinematography and Editing are fair. Music by Himesh Reshammiya is energetic.
Performance-Wise, Riteish Deshmukh is in super form. He enacts all the roles most admirably. Saif Ali Khan, an other-wise terrific actor, looks uncomfortable and ill at ease. He’s just not in form this time around. Ram Kapoor is impressive as the greedy uncle, but hams as the OCD patient. Tamannaah Bhatia, Bipasha Basu and Esha Gupta are pure eye-candy. Satish Shah and Chunky Pandey are funny in bit roles. On the whole, ‘Humshakals’ is laughter limited!