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Entertainment: Not that entertaining


Film: Entertainment

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Tamannah Bhatia, Krishna Abhishek, Johnny Lever, Mithun Chakraborthy, Sonu Sood, Prakash Raj

Director: Farhad-Sajid

After a more than adequate run with action(Rowdy Rathore,Special26,Holiday), Akshay Kumar returns back to comedy – this time with a new director duo Farhad-Sajid who seem to think they have the pulse of what suits the ticket buying audience best! Considering that the audience has willing dipped into their lean pockets for a monster such as ‘Kick,’ it’s taken for granted that such obtuse rendering of comedy will also manage to get the audience into this disastrous flick!

The film opens with Akshay Kumar in a fat suit and ends with him in a dumb-suit! In between there’s a hare-brained idea – about a dog – a.k.a Entertainment (Golden Retriever) becoming the sole heir of a Rs. 300 crore property with the legitimate (Akhil – Akshay Kumar) and illegitimate (Karan – Prakash Raj & Arjun-Sonu Sood) challengers of the departed Panna Lal Sethji’s ‘will,’ going ‘Ape’ in their effort to generate comedy.

It’s of course set in Bangkok, away from the prying eyes of the animal welfare board, so there’s no crying over mistreatment of the central character which happens to be the Sethji’s ‘saviour’ and pet- who also happens to be the only family (as recognized by the Sethji) left behind. Also, a major portion of this expensive Dog show is clumsily orchestrated CGI dominated. Thankfully the editing keeps the pace fluent, disallowing closer inspection of the ludicrous content.

‘Entertainment has gone to the dogs’ and literally so. The lovable, endearing Golden retriever is the only one who doesn’t ham, over-react or bellow at the top of his voice. Farhad-Sajid’s slapstick physical comedy suffers from overplaying, big time. A digitally botoxed Akshay Kumar with the weirdest dress sense and a silly looking wig can do little but buffoon around mouthing ridiculously inane dialogue in shrill, headache inducing, bombastic tones.

Krushna Abhishek, who plays Akhil’s bestie,Jugnu, a Bollywood fan, uses filmy monikers to score his hits. He of course performs in comedy circus fettle and manages to get in a few laughs. So does Johnny Lever who plays Habibulla, the family Lawyer and Mithun Chakraborthy who plays Saakshi’s (Tammanah) father aiming for a Crorepati son-in-law. Prakash Raj and Sonu Sood try the tiresome old comic-villain tricks of the 90’s – a la Anupam Kher-Shakti Kapoor-Kadar Khan and it’s quite a silly sight.

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