Rascals – A humourless Comedy

David Dhawan was the pioneer of the farcical films genre with the kind of comedies he made through the 90’s. However mindless his films might have been, it still had a natural sense of humour and assured a few good laughs. Sadly,
in the subsequent decade, all he served in the name of stress-free slapsticks is noise and commotion. While we aren’t demanding that the filmmaker upgrade with times, all we expect is that the one-time king of comedy merely maintain his original brand of humour.
Is that asking for too much? 

Rascals is what one calls a ‘vacation’ filmmaking time where everyone works on the film as if they were on a ‘holiday’ and the audience is expected to ‘leave’ their senses behind. The actors make least efforts to add conviction to their performances
and the patchy writing just allows them to play as they please. Invariably the director tries to camouflage the shallowness in the story by adding depth only in the decibel levels of the dialogue delivery. 

Conmen Chetan (Sanjay Dutt) and Bhagat (Ajay Devgn) are in a one-upmanship game to win the girl (Kangana Ranaut) loaded with assets (both financial and physical!). It’s never clear what they love more – her body or her bank-balance and their lecherous rivalry
only seems to be about who would get to hug the cleavage-popping girl more number of times. 

Also thanks to the dull camaraderie, the viewer never really bothers which hero would actually win the heroine in the end. Thereby the small surprise in the climax (no, there isn’t a character part by a third hero) also doesn’t register much. The storytelling
in the animated title credits is more appealing than the conventional narrative structure. 

While one has already left logic behind, the problem is that Yunus Sejawal’s screenplay is inconsistent, convenient and uneventful. It lacks the imagination or wit for some real exciting clash between the male leads. One can easily see through most of the worn-out
gags. Sanjay Chhel’s synchronized rhyming dialogues are occasionally funny but seem compulsory otherwise. You laugh more on the corniness of the scenes than the comedy per se. 

Expectedly Ajay Devgn keeps screaming most of the time and hams outrageously. Sunjay Dutt is better in comparison, which isn’t saying much. He gets the funnier lines, gags and scenes. Kangana Ranaut is ill at ease in comedy. She
struggles to hold her own and emerges as a bimbo in her act. Lisa Haydon is merely employed to look hot and she does a fair job at it.

Moreover, Hiten Paintel is used as an add-on and his presence in the film is immaterial. Satish Kaushik attempts to induce few laughs with his gibberish brand comedy. Bharti Achrekar gets no scope. Chunky Pandey overacts. Arjun
Rampal has pretty much nothing to do. 

Unfortunately it doesn’t quite work this time, primarily because Kangana Ranaut doesn’t share any chemistry with either men and so their persistent pursuit to get the girl falls flat.