Producer: Venus Records and Tapes
Cast: Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Paresh Rawal, Riimi Sen, Daisy, Neetu, Nargis
Priyadarshan gave us Hera Pheri, Hungama and Hulchul and therefore there was big expectations from Garam Masala. And the good news is that the director does not dissappoint the audience. GARAM MASALA is a chill-pill every entertainment-hungry moviegoer would like to relish.
Mac (Akshay Kumar) is a handsome but good for nothing hunk who luckily finds himself in possession of an empty flat and three beautiful neighbours Priti (Daisy), Sweety (Neetu) and Puja (Nargis) who happen to be airhostesses. Mac gets busy in convincing each of the three girls that she is the one and only one for them. Trouble begins when his fiancee Anjali (Rimi Sen) smells something fishy. Enter Sam (John Abraham); once Mac's best friend and now his sworn enemy, threatens to reveal everything to Anjali.
Along with Mac and Sam, there is another important character in the story - Mambo [Paresh Rawal] who may look cranky but is actually quite cute. To add to that, he is also a cook. He is loyal to Mac and other than cooking, his job is to keep all secrets of Mac. Sam makes life hell for Mac.
Remake of Priyadarshan's Malayalam film BOEING BOEING, which in turn was inspired by the 1965 Hollywood film BOEING BOEING [Tony Curtis, Jerry Lewis], there's loads of laughter and fun in the movie. Also there is a great chemistry between Akshay and John that makes the film a success. However the first half of the film is quite slow and boring and ought to have been exciting. But thankfully, post interval the film picks up and entertains. Priyadarshan isn't in complete form, but he knows how to pack in a strong punch in those two hours. If only Priyan would've picked up a riveting story to make a stronger impression.
One of the key assets of the enterprise is Neeraj Vora's witty dialogues and one-liners. Pritam's music is a disappointment. Cinematography [Thiru] is very good. Performance wise Akshay Kumar is very good in comic scenes. John Abraham is competent most of the times and overacts a bit. However, the two actors compliment each other wonderfully well. Paresh Rawal is fantastic. The versatile actor makes you laugh even with a straight face. Rimmi Sen is ok. The three girls -- Daisy, Neetu and Nargis -- are all efficient. Rajpal Yadav and Manoj Joshi are alright. Asrani is capable.
Overall, Garam Masala is an entertaining film which is worth a watch.