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A tale of perfidy with a touch of lightness

Shaadi No. 1 (Hindi)

Director: David Dhawan

Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Fardeen Khan, Zayed Khan, Sharman Joshi, Esha Deol, Ayesha Takia, Soha Ali Khan, Riya Sen, Sophia, Aarti Chhabria

Govinda is gone. David Dhawan ticks on. Salman is not here either. David Dhawan still manages to deliver. And therein lies his credit. Zero novelty, zilch logic, no credibility.

Yet, Dhawan scores at the box office, scoffing at all those pundits of doom, all those who sneer every time he recycles his guffaws, and chooses to call them whatever, Coolie No. 1, Biwi No.1, Aunty No. 1... .

One small part of the educated segment, the one that wears morality on its sleeve, protests, howls.

The other quietly queues up at the turnstiles. And Dhawan notches up another hit. Mind you not with a film he would display in his resumé, but a film that would show in his passbook! Shaadi No. 1 may leave the prudes squirming; it may actually test your morality quotient, challenging you to show some elasticity in scruples. But in the end, as he has often done, Dhawan delivers. Not with a bang but with a thud loud enough to set the box office registers jingling.

Look closely, Shaadi No. 1 is nothing but Masti repackaged. Of course, there is a bit of No Entry too. The same philandering husbands, the same set of wives - one devoted to religion, the other to her profession and the third to everything, except conjugal delight. Reason enough for men to seek it on the sly, and the dialogue writer to sneak in sentences that pass muster only because it is a tale of perfidy with a touch of lightness, a breeze with a lower sex and higher entertainment quotient.

The director expects you to leave morality in the closet and sail along with this tale of three young men duped by their boss into having a fleeting romance with his three daughters. The guys are like buffoons, the girls like invitations to intimacy. Ridiculous? Well, the plot, the story, the situation, everything is supposed to be ridiculous in a David Dhawan film. The thing is, it works, for the large part. This despite having a non-actor like Fardeen Khan in the lead and Zayed Khan, whose acting takes you back to school stage, as the second hero. And there is Sharman Joshi who has done a few films without anybody taking much notice of him. Of course, the presence of Sanjay Dutt as the do-gooder brother to the three wives, and the three sex symbols help. As the girls flit in and out like butterflies, many are left doubled up with laughter. Others, unaccustomed to Dhawan delights, stifle sneers. Here, he delivers a film that you can watch with your spouse or girlfriend, taking care not to take the kiddies along. Go for it. Comedy is veritably king at the box office these days.

Ziya us Salam

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