Movie Review: Second Hand Husband – Puerile & morass

Cast: Dharmendra, Rati Agnihotri, Mukesh Tiwari, Gippy Grewal, Tina Ahuja, Geeta Basra, Vijay Raaz, Sanjay Mishra

Director: Smeep Kang

Rating: * *

A silly premise is the basis for this largely ineffectual romcom that acts as harbinger for Govinda’s daughter, Tina Ahuja’s so-called talents. A few funny moments thanks to Dharmendra, Vijay Raaz and Sanjay Mishra notwithstanding , this film is as puerile and ineffective as they come.

Rajbir (Gippy Grewal) is all set to divorce his college sweetheart Neha (Geeta Basra) and take up slack with Gurpreet (Tina Ahuja) who also happens to be his lawyer at the ensuing divorce proceedings. Her ineffectiveness is exposed when the case comes to court and Rajbir is ordered to pay alimony to the tune of Rs 30,000/- per month to his jobless wife while he himself gets only 15,0000 that’s left-over. Obviously he cannot press his suit as Gurpreet’s family (Alok Nath, Ravi Kishan), though agreeable to overlook his second-hand status, expects him to be able to provide for their daughter. So Rajbir is on the lookout for a suitable bridegroom for his ex-wife. After some buffooning around, he settles for his Boss (Dharmendra) an ageing slime ball who hits on every women in sight, despite being married and loved by his beloved Beant (Rati Agnihotri)- who is apropos all set to divorce him. So after a lot of bufooning around the film narrative settles down to a neatly tied-up happily ever after.

The scripting is a little wayward, the direction doesn’t have much finesse and the music is not peppy enough to generate affect. Gippy Grewal does an okay job, Tina Ahuja doesn’t have either  screen presence nor the acting talent to hold her own amidst some fine stalwarts while Geeta Basra looks pretty enough to allow for us to overlook her performance flaws. So it’s entirely up to Dharmendra (who puts in a wonderful performance), Sanjay Mishra (a total hoot) and Vijay Raaz (effectively toned-down) to steer this film out of the morass of mediocrity and give it some standing as a fairly efficient comedy if nothing else!

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