Cast: Jackky Bhagnani, Amitosh Nagpal, Vijay Verma, Priya Anand, Rajpal Yadav
Direction: Priyadarshan Genre: Drama
Duration: 2 hours 17 minutes
STORY: Three friends who believe in undying friendship risk their life and dreams, so that the fourth one can win his girl.
REVIEW: So, here’s the story of BFFs (best friends forever) revisited. Only this one’s not about boys on a bachelor’s trip (read: road film) or the boy gang-bang kind of stuff (read: sex comedies). The theme of ‘Rangrezz’, is more like ‘dosts till death do us part’, with of course, a melange of other issues (love, sex, marriage, mazhab) doing a walk-in, walk-out part through the film.
Three Mumbai boys from different backgrounds (lower-middle class and below) are diaper dosts, bound by unbreakable friendship. They have big hearts and small ambitions. Rishi (Jackky) is waiting to become a cop, because his marriage to childhood sweetheart Megha (Priya) hinges on his sarkari naukri with guaranteed pension (call it middle class mentality if you want). Winu (Amitosh) harbours a dream of starting a computer class, and Pakyya (Vijay), the most gareeb of the trio, lives in shambles, has ‘foreign’ dreams and is pretty much bekaar. Basically, they all live off yaaridosti. A fourth guy walks in, Joy (Rishi’s school-buddy), with a love-problem.
The BFFs daringly dive in to fight with the ruthless pyar-ke-dushman and help loverboy kidnap his girl for a quick round of saat pheras. Then there are more plots and meandering sub-plots, heartbreak, drama and dollops of dostana – taking off with a ‘Govinda’ song and climaxing in desi Gangnam style. ‘Rangrezz’, Priyadarshan’s remake of a Tamil film, has a story without a convincing purpose, point or plan.
There are ample well-shot scenes ( Santosh Sivan), good performances (strong supporting cast) and sweet moments; though the film shows little bit of everything and doesn’t leave you with much. There’s too much of goodness, topped with diatribes and dialoguebaazi on dil, dosti love, lust, and shaadi.
The second half goes awry, the story loses steam and characters lose colour. Jackky performs earnestly, showing far more promise and confidence since his previous films. The rowdiest of them all, Pakkya, is a surprise and his character stands out. Priya Anand is likeable and bubbly in her bit role.Rajpal Yadav does his usual madcap comedy. The boy buddies put in their best, but this film could have done with a dash more ofcolour.