Casts : Anupam Kher, Annu
Kapoor, Piyush Mishra, Lisa Haydon, Akshay Kumar
Banner : Cape of Good Films
Director : Abhishek Sharma
Producer : Murad Khetani, Ashwin
Varde and Akshay Kumar
Writers : Tigmanshu Dhulia and
Music : Yo Yo Honey Singh, Hard Kaur, Dr Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Vikram
Release Date : November, 7, 2014
Story line: According
to the tagline, 'The Shaukeens' is a coming-of-age comedy film from the
director of Tere Bin Laden. The movie features Anupam Kher, Piyush Mishra and
Annu Kapoor in lead as the three old-aged friends. Despite the fact that they
all are at a stage where the girls call them as 'uncle', but there's much
virility, vigor in their lives. The prime mission of the trio is to have some
light fun with young girls, and according to the storyline, their object of
affection is one hot-shot beauty, played by Lisa Haydon in the movie.
The shooting of the film
started on April 25, 2014. Akshay Kumar posted a picture of the film's first
day of filming apparently. The actors were shooting in a hotel room scene
indoors and in June next schedule started in Mauritius, followed by a schedule
in Delhi. Anupam Kher starts shooting in Delhi. Also, musical artist Honey
Singh has been signed for a song in the film. Singh has earlier repeatedly
collaborated with Akshay Kumar in the past, and after Kumar requested the
rapper-performer for one special number for the film, Singh in turn offered him
three songs for the film.
Initially, Nargis Fakhri
was signed for the film but then left the project for an unnamed Hollywood
film, then, this role offered to Shraddha Kapoor. Finally, actress Lisa Haydon
replaced her character and has now started filming. Actor Akshay Kumar has also
been roped in to play the partner of Haydon's character, a role which Mithun
Chakraborty had portrayed in the original film. Rati Agnihotri will also play a
cameo role in film, while she played lead role in original version of the film.
According to the film's director, actor Abhishek Bachchan has also been roped
in for a "hilarious cameo appearance". Budget of the movie is 35-36cr
including promotional activities.
My Gut Feel and comments:
Promo of “The shaukeen” is revitalizing and
all three veteran actors Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor, Piyush Mishra seems to be
apt in the roles and Anu kapoor is looking exceptional. He is one actor which
has been under utilized by the film industry however he has a great screen
presence with his electrifying performance especially in comic role off late in
movie like Vicky Donar.
Director Abhishek Sharma seems to have put an
honest effort to do justice to old movie Shaukeen and has not crossed the thin
line which could lead to this movie being tagged as cheap double meaning vulgar
sex comedy films we have seen in the past like Kya kool hai hum or masti
His first venture as director Tere bin laden
was also an intelligent attempt and was critically acclaimed. Screen play of
“The shaukeen” is written by Tigmanshu Dhulia. And with this director and
writer combination chances of this movie go wrong are very less. Budget
of this movie is moderate and Akshay’s presence gave the movie a mass appeal
and commercial boost where now the overall packaging seems exciting backed by
decent performances and upbeat music.
All facts and figures are favoring this movie
and as I go by gut feel, a thumps up for this movie and I would give this movie
3 stars out of 5, a weekend before its release date.
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