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‘The Shaukeens’ Movie Review: Watch it for Fun, not Entertainment

shaukeenRating: ***
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Lisa Haydon, Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor, Piyush Mishra;
Director: Abhishek Sharma;

An Akshay Kumar film that focuses more on three aged businessmen from Delhi on a trip to Mauritius just for girlsa nd sex in their mind, with hero Kumar narrating the film and having his own fun.

Written by Tigmanshu Dhulia and directed by Abhishek Sharma of “Tere Bin Laden” fame, the film is a new version of the 1982 Basu Chatterjee comedy, “Shaukeen” but lacks the basic expectations from a comedy that has a good theme otherwise.

‘The Shaukeens” is the third re-make from the series of 1980s Hindi comedies remade this year beginning with Sai Paranjpye’s “Chashme Buddoor” and Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s “Khubsoorat”.

“The Shaukeens” or the three Delhi sexagenarian friends – Connaught Place shoe store owner Lali (Anupam Kher), social worker KD (Annu Kapoor) and Chawri Bazaar masala merchant Pinky (Piyush Mishra) – head out to Mauritius in search of fun and rent out a bungalow where Ahana (Lisa Haydon), a fancy-free designer who recycles used material into ready-to-wear clothes and accessories and just broken up with her boyfriend as he remarked about her designing skills.

How the three men hit out to beach for her and how she manages them with a narration in the background by Akshay Kumar keeps the story going. If you are a fun-loving person, then go for it or else be a fan of Akshay so you can bear everything else just for him.

Otherwise, Lisa Haydon who plays Aahana, says:”I want every film I do to showcase a different side of my personality. We have so many sides to ourselves, I don’t want it to be bracketed.” Her role in “Queen” has laready bought her more offers and she is on her way to stardom soon.

Early occupancy estimates show that the film is merely 50% occupied in theatres in Hyderabad and Mumbai, while it is expected to pick up in the weekend. But as a comedy it may earn impressive returns for the producer, here it is Akshay Kumar himself. If it fails, no worries either.


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