Ashok Tyagi, after having tried his hand and burnt his fingers with dismal cinematic offerings like Surkhiya, Return of Jewel Thief and Bharat Bhagya Vidhata, gets back on board as a helmer for this insufferable monstrosity propitiously titled ‘Dard-e-Disco.’ And despite what the title suggests, it’s definitely nowhere close to ‘rocking’.

Film: dard-e-disco<br />cast: Bappi Lahiri, Aryeman Ramsay, Akshay Kapoor, Rituparna Sen Gupta, Sneha Ullal, Sharad Saxena, Asrani, Shakti Kapoor, Razak Khan, Upasana Singh, Arun Bakshi<br />Director: Ashok Tyagi
Film: dard-e-disco
cast: Bappi Lahiri, Aryeman Ramsay, Akshay Kapoor, Rituparna Sen Gupta, Sneha Ullal, Sharad Saxena, Asrani, Shakti Kapoor, Razak Khan, Upasana Singh, Arun Bakshi
Director: Ashok Tyagi

And how could it be, with a cast of has-beens, trying vainly to make their presence felt in deplorably heavy-handed fashion? One doesn’t really know whether this film was developed with Bhappi Lahiri on board or whether he got hitched mid-way in order to make it barely saleable? Not that his humungous presence could have made much of a difference to an already sinking ship. In fact his presence only makes the ship sink fasteer and without much ado.

Different strands of story are cobbled together like a puzzle that doesn’t really fit in – the experience thereof is simply woeful. A supposedly successful florist (Sharat Saxena), his wife (Upasana Singh) and their two sons – eldest, Rambo Singh (Aryaman Ramsay) and younger Rocky Singh (Akshay Kapoor) – are playing the central family in this weird set-up.

The two boys are layabouts, who shirk the responsibility of their family run business while dreaming big and wanting to cash-in, without the requisite effort. So a chance encounter with the ‘Dard-e-Disco’ entrepreneur D K a.k.a Disco King (Bhappi Lahiri) who wears numerous hats and is literally a ‘live’ ad for a jewellery store, gives fresh impetus to their flyaway dreams and so they choose to turn-up their nose at their constantly carping father and leave home and business for the new world they hope to have created for themselves.

Powder bhai (Shakti Kapoor), a local drug lord, in the meanwhile, has designs on ‘Dard-e-Disco’ and decides to kidnap DK in order to accomplish his nefarious goals. So despite being rejected by DK, they opt to save the day for him with their side-chicks (played by Rituparna Sen Gupta and Sneha Ulall).

The moral of the story which is thrown right into our faces with the closing song ‘Say no to Drugs,’ is as shabbily represented as the inconsistent story, the contrived set-up, heavy-duty performances, pitiable script and clueless helming. Avoidance is the only option!

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