Come this weekend – Friday, 13 September 2013 the ‘adult comedy’ Grand Masti featuring Vivek Oberoi, Riteish Deshmukh and Aftab Shivdasani will be unleashed on an unsuspecting public. This is to be a sequel to the 2004 film Masti. Clearly the first edition featuring the usual over the top, lewd jokes that pass for adult comedy wasn’t enough and yet another helping of the suspected crassness is about to be foisted upon cine-goers.
Film – Grand Masti (13 September 2013)
Starring – Vivek Oberoi, Riteish Deshmukh, Aftab Shivdasani, Sonali Kulkarni, Manjari Fadnis, Karishma Tanna, Kainaat Arora, Maryam Zakaria, Bruna Abdullah, Suresh Menon, Pradeep Rawat
Producer – Ashok Thakeria, Indra Kumar
Director – Indra Kumar
Story/Screenplay – Milap Zaveri, Tushar Hiranandani
Music –Anand Raj Anand, Sanjeev Darshan
Plot – The sequel to Masti, Grand Masti threatens to be “bigger, funnier, and more dhamakedaar”. One is left cringing within the first few seconds of the trailer /preview – the movie promises to be “bumpier, bouncier, bigger, ‘broad’er” – a series of suggestive images accompany those words and the trailer then proceeds to make all manner of coarse and suggestive ‘jokes’ – what the filmmakers imagine can pass for ‘adult humour’.
The movie is about three married guys – Meet, Prem and Amar – who decide to attend their college reunion. The college where the reunion is to be, is Shree Lalchand University of Technology and Science (acronym SLUTS – yes it’s that kind of movie, it would seem). In the trailer we get a glimpse of what to expect – it would seem that women inexplicably but routinely roam around in the briefest of bikinis on this campus.
The three much married men head off to the reunion in the hope of getting some one on one extramarital action – for some reason Bollywood finds the idea of adultery utterly hilarious and so we can expect more of what we saw in Masti. Also of a piece with the original Masti film, this one features some mystery angle as well. The first edition featured the mysterious murder of a girl, with the libidinous trio being falsely accused of the crime.
Featuring acres of opulent cleavage and vast amounts of inane double entendre of the highly suggestive variety, this is supposed to be (God help us) India’s answer to Hollywood’s American Pie series. By all accounts, Grand Masti is a rehash of American Reunion, also known as American Pie 4. So clearly this is an offering for those who enjoy the American Pie brand of humour.
Grand Masti also faces its fair share of controversy. In response to a petition filed by advocate Dinesh Chadha, which alleges that the film degrades women and is opposed to public policy, the Punjab and Haryana High Courts stayed the release of the movie in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. However the stay has been lifted and screening of the film is to go ahead, so audiences in the region will not be deprived of the dubious joys of viewing the film in the theatres this weekend. The release of the film at certain overseas centres like UAE is in doubt because of the “sexually explicit scenes in this film”.
I maintain that it’s a great time for Indian cinema, with various different sorts of movies being made. Obviously there is scope for movies of the adult comedy genre to be made as well. I just wish that someone would in fact make movies that really qualify for the appellation instead of simply making movies featuring low brow, sophomoric innuendo with lewd and lascivious camera angles focusing on itsy bitsy clothing instead of genuine humour. Delhi Belly was one of the few Indian films that genuinely qualifies as an adult comedy – it remains one of my favourites till date – I just wish someone would make a sequel to that!
Having said this, I know that there is a vast audience out there for this brand of humour, so if you have a strong stomach, I say go watch Grand Masti this weekend.
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