What happens when one gets inspired by films like Men In Black and makes a Hindi movie about buddy cops? You get two men in teensy weensy yellow briefs, a plot that’s briefer than the aforementioned briefs, and a movie that seems too lazy to move at the breakneck speed a movie of this kind demands.
The men in question here, one an ambling hunk and another a bumbling fool, are on a mission. India’s top batsman Viraj Sharma (Saquib Salem) goes missing just before the India Pakistan match in Dubai and he has to be traced back before the match begins. The external affairs minister (Mona Ambegaonkar) chooses to send one man, Kabir (John Abraham) to get the cricketer back.
Kabir’s idea of adventure is deliberately smoking where he’s not meant to be and pumping bullets into music systems when his choice of music is not playing. He’s deep like that. Kabir picks a greenhorn Junaid (Varun Dhawan) to be his ally in the mission. The two boys then chance upon a petty thief, Ishika (Jacqueline Fernandes).
The film begins well and piques your curiosity about Viraj’s disappearance. The banter between the two men is fun too (dialogues by Husain Dalal ), but then obviously that’s not enough. A tighter screenplay and a bunch of better performers would have worked for this film. Dhawan is sincere and endearing, but John seems stuck in a beefy body and a character sketch that won’t permit him to have the luxury of more than two expressions. Saquib is convincing. Akshaye Khanna, who makes a comeback as the bad guy, is disappointing.
There is enough eye candy in the form of Nargis Fakri (who is introduced in what else but a swim suit), Jacqueline Fernandes (who’s veering between too zoned out to know what’s happening around her and lusting after Kabeer, and who does an item number in the villain’s den as good old heroines used to) and Parineeti Chopra (why oh why) in yet another item song.
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The best part of the movie is the five minutes when Akshay Kumar makes an appearance in a man bun. Playing a pouting, fun loving diva, Akshay is hilarious. The rest of the movie could have been perhaps as entertaining if it had shaken off the lethargy and given a little more thought to the content and the pace.