Watching ‘Garam Masala’ is like watching a Neil Simon stage play. It’s hilarious, with zany characters sparkling with wit, banking on comic timing.
I haven’t seen the original ‘Boeing Boeing’ or it’s Malayalam version but judging it purely by the Hindi version, it’s laugh-riot, guaranteed to crack you up.
Having paid Rs.110 for a seat at the new theatre in Sathyam, Six Degrees, I was just hoping that it better be my money’s worth. And yes, it was. The leather seats make you feel like royalty and the plush interiors with LCD screensaver displays used as wallpapers are quite a unique experience.
But all that is quickly forgotten when the movie starts. Right from the beginning, a largely under-rated Akshay Kumar has you rooting for him, inspite of his deeds and ambitions being far from noble. I guess that’s because, at some level, it’s every guy’s fantasy: To date three hawt women, just to get even with your buddy.
As he begins to juggle between three air-hostess chicks he manages to patao, the lines just get better, as the hero tries to match their flight timings, his job and competition from his rival/ buddy John Abraham, and of course, unexpected trouble from a motley crew of characters: Paresh Rawal as Mambo, a cook who can’t take tantrums, Rajpal Yadav, an alcoholic mechanic who would do anything for a bottle apart and Manoj Joshi, his corrupt office manager and Asrani, the Maama of his fiancee.
Priyadarshan’s brand of comedy relies more on lines and situations rather than the slapstick variety churned out by David Dhawan and hence appeals to city-centric as well as the rural audiences. So, this masala might just turn out to be the flavour of the season.
Just one crib: The movie wears a sit-com feel with most portions of the movie taking place indoors. But then, you laugh so much that after a point, you really don’t mind the studio set.
Go for it. Total timepass.