124 Min | Comedy | November 2014
IMDB Rating: 7.9
Director: Abhishek Sharma
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Lisa Haydon, Rati Agnihotri
The Shaukeens Review: The Shaukeens is a story of three oldies – KD, Lali and Pinki. These lusty old men plan a trip to Mauritius after it becomes difficult, rather life-threatening for them to get some action in Delhi. In Mauritius the trio stay with a young fashion designer Ahana (Lisa Haydon). In The Shaukeens, Ahana, a huge Akshay Kumar fan, is nursing a broken heart. Akshay Kumar (playing himself), is an alcoholic superstar desperately wanting to win the National Award. He is stuck between a Bengali director who gives him tips on method-acting and a secretary, hell bent on getting his superstar boss focus on Rs. 200 – cr club.
There are two aspects to watch The Shaukeens. If you have already seen the classic, you might not be happy with the end product but if you are watching The Shaukeens for the first time, you might enjoy it. Abhishek Sharma who previously directed the fun-loving Tere Bin Laden misses the bus this time. The Shaukeens does have some hilarious moments but only few to keep you alive. The 1st half goes fine. Even the 2nd half shows some promise but the climax plays the spoil sports and messes up completely. The songs are fine. Cinematoraphy is amazing. Art direction is captivating. Background score is just about OK. Coming to performances – Annu Kapoor, Anupam Kher and Piyush Sharma does a fine job and they will tickle your funny bone. Lisa Haydon is just about okay. Akshay Kumar does well in the supporting role.
When Akshay Kumar comes to Mauritius for a shoot, Ahana falls in love with him. The three oldies, needless to say, are already in love (read lust) with Ahana. In the end, who gets whom and what, is all that The Shaukeens is about. The Shaukeens is a remake, rather recreation of Basu Chatterjee’s 1982 Shaukeen starring Ashok Kumar, Utapal Dutt, AK Hangal, Rati Agnihotri and Mithun Chakraborty. Directed by Abhishek Sharma, The Shukeens boasts of pace and crispy dialogs. Tigmanshu Dhulia’s tight screenplay and flawless act by the three veterans make the film immensely watchable.