Movie Review: Humshakals (2014)

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Humshakals is the story of the confusion and mayhem that takes place when three individuals have a lookalike of a lookalike, all with the same name. Ashok (Saif Ali Khan) and Kumar (Riteish Deshmukh) are best friends and both are unaware of their lookalikes Ashok (Saif Ali Khan) and Kumar (Riteish Deshmukh), who are also best friends and are unaware of their lookalikes Ashok (Saif Ali Khan) and Kumar (Riteish Deshmukh), who again are best friends. And then there is Mamaji (Ram Kapoor) who is a lookalike of another Mamaji (Ram Kapoor) who in turn is a lookalike of another Mamaji (Ram Kapoor). In short, it’s the story of three individuals having triple roles.

Bollywood’s obsession with double roles [many, many films], triple roles [recall Amitabh Bachchan’s triple role in MAHAAN or Rajinikanth’s triple role in JOHN JANI JANARDHAN], even multiple roles [Sanjeev Kumar reprised as many as nine roles in NAYA DIN NAI RAAT] is too well known. But Sajid Khan’s HUMSHAKALS is, perhaps, the first Hindi movie that has each of the three male leads [Saif, Riteish and Ram Kapoor] reprising triple roles.

Like his cinema or not, Sajid’s laughathons have regaled the spectators since his big screen debut [HEYY BABYY; 2007]. Over the years, the HOUSEFULL franchise — HOUSEFULL and HOUSEFULL-2 — have only cemented his status as an entertainer who endeavours to make the audience flex their facial muscles in those 2+ hours. The only sore point in his career has been HIMMATWALA, but one expects him to bounce back with renewed vigour with HUMSHAKALS.

Handling a complicated screenplay is indeed demanding — an arduous task, frankly — but Sajid has, in the past, handled multiple characters in most of his films. Nonetheless, the script of HUMSHAKALS falls into a new terrain completely and the going can be slippery if it lacks the grip. Of course, the intent — providing laughs and offering entertainment — remains the same, but the triple roles have to ensure abundant entertainment for you to relish the ride. While Sajid keeps the storytelling simple and uncomplicated, the fun quotient is missing for most parts, appearing in bits and spurts only.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.0 “Humshakals proves to be a full on entertaining affair that doesn’t pretend even once to be what it isn’t.”
3.0 “The boys have a ball but the ladies are as wasted as icing sugar on a layered cake. “
Times Of India
3.0 “A perfect comeback for Sajid Khan, Humshakals is a roller coaster ride which a comedy seeker will enjoy.”
Average Reviews
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Humshakals is not the film that would help Sajid Khan redeem his fate. It is a slapstick that does not make you laugh. “
2.0 “Inane and distasteful humour”
2.0 “‘Humshakals’ is a definite head shaker for the reason.”
1.5 “HUMSHAKALS tries too hard to make you laugh, but fails miserably.”
Bollywood Hungama
1.5 “Sajid Khan’s Humshakals proved out to be nine times more senseless.”
One India
1.5 “If Himmatwala was terrible, I have no clue how to rate Humshakals. “
1.0 “Sajid Khan’s HUMSHAKALS has kindergarten humour at its best..”
1.0 “Humshakals doesn’t have any story, and the insane sequences run nowhere.”
Daily Bhaskar
1.0 “No humour, no entertainment!”
0.5 “So you thought Sajid Himmatwala Khan could sink no further. Watch just 15 minutes of Humshakals and you’d be disavowed of that notion. “
NDTV Movies
0.5 “If Himmatwala couldn’t break your limit of endurance, Humshakals definitely would.”
0.5 “Humshakals is an insult to Jim Carrey, Kishore Kumar.”
0.0 “Humshakals should be sued for cruelty to audiences.”
0.0 “The worst film of 2014!”
0.0 “Three heroes make up one big zero.”
0.0 “From past experience, you have to go into a Sajid Khan film wondering just how much of a dip there can be from the previous ones.”

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