Saturday, July 28, 2012

Kya Super Kool Hain Hum is a guilty pleasure, serving crass, offensive humor

In 2005, Ekta Kapoor under her production banner Balaji Films, gave India its first adult sex comedy, Kya Kool Hain Hum, which received no critical plaudits but become a hit amongst the masses who raved about it. While Hollywood churns out numerous sex comedies, we have barely had any even after 2005. For Ekta Kapoor, things have changed a lot in 2012. Riding high on the consecutive successes of many films, Kapoor ventured to make a sequel to the 2005 hit with the same lead actors. Understandable, after all Balaji can also be called Tusshar Kapoor employment agency. The motive was lucid from the very onset when the first trailer was released. This film will get no stars. This film will be hated by all critics. Yet, this film will be loved by its endearing audience. All the doubts about the quotient of adult content were dispelled right at the beginning with all promos and songs being dosages of adult humor in its most puerile form. I must admit that it is bemusing to review a movie like Kya Super Kool Hain Hum because you will either love it or hate it, right away. One has to be voraciously accepting of an expansive stretch of crude, cheap, vulgar and offensive quality of adult humor to actually enjoy KSKHH, else you will end up walking out of the theater within first 5 minutes. It is hard to define what constitutes a good comedy film, but if we ever liked American Pie series, this one just takes a leaf out of that and it would be wrong to hypocritically subject this one to decry.

For those looking for astute humor or intelligent writing, this one unfortunately falls into the category of no brainers. I have always maintained that I enjoy brainless comedies because they have the farcical ability to transport you into a different world, subject to some narrative ingenuity and humor that doesnt look over-the top or lame like in a film like Golmaal 2 or 3. The surprise about KSKHH is that once you accept that it is going to be a no-brainer, the film takes you on a barnstorming escapist ride packed with enough laughter driven by crass, obscene and uncouth set of unoriginal yet humorous plot points. The letdown in this case is that it tries to be a sex comedy without any sex, leaving only juvenile jokes at your disposal which look like a revamped version of the previous part. Yet, I found myself laughing heartily for the most of those 136 minutes that the film ran for, and this will only happen if you are ready to enjoy underage gags, boorish and discriminatory humor, with a pinch of salt. Director and writer, Sachin Yardi, has loaded the screenplay of KSKHH lavishly with filthiest of adult jokes, buffet of sexual expletives and double meaning dialogues and a truck full of unabashed dirty innuendos. He stoops to a level of cheap adult humor that is barely seen in Indian films ever, including continuous lewd references to male and female genitalia taboos using wordplay on common language, derisive treatment of everyone including gays, lesbians, midgets, handicapped people, dark people, and finally a brand of animal porn that will have the flag bearers of PeTA drooling in feverish anger at the makers of this film. Yardi exaggerates the cliches about all kinds of people and uses them prudishly to contrive a woven string of situations. He could have done with just sticking to being unapologetically vulgar instead of playing juvenile or exercising stereotypes, and it could save some flak for the film.

Into the second half, KSKHH suffers from lazy pacing and seems to drag for quite sometime. The unnecessary additions of songs only proves futile to the cause. The other problem with KSKHH is that unlike its predecessor, its barely plot driven. In the first part, there is an outlining plot of a serial rapist which turns into a case of mistaken identities. This one looks likes an ineffectual exercise in pointlessness with its choppy portions being put together without a hook. The love stories which are considered to be the supposed motive of the proceedings are never allowed to surface above the uncomfortably explicit but avowedly funny set of sequences. Yes, you can judge and troll me for enjoying KSKHH but I am trying to school the thought that sex comedies have to buttress on double meaning, awkward situations and vulgar content, and KSKHH tries to do that but gets stuck up in midway before adulthood. The only saving grace is that this brainless comedy serves you not so lame and not so over-the-top humor, that is both filthy and frothy. 

KSKHH has been produced jointly under two Ekta Kapoor banners, Balaji Films and ALT Entertainment and has been marketed well enough keeping in mind the target audience. Music by Sachin-Jigar and Meet Brothers Anjaan interferes with the seamless screenplay every now and then, but is not too harsh to the ears. Dil Garden Garden and Shirt Ka Button are definitely hummable despite consisting of trashy lyrics. Hum Toh Hai Cappucino boasts of some brutally ignoble choreography. Cinematography by Ravi Walia has nothing exceptional to offer while Editing by Aarif Sheikh could have done with some serious trimming. Dialogues by Sachin Yardi take shamelessness to a new level. Production Design is strictly okay for most parts, but gets eye-hurtingly garish in almost all the songs.

Unlike its prequel, where Isha Koppikar delivered a crackling performance along with Anupam Kher, Kya Super Kool Hain Hum has no standout performances. However, it is the ebullient chemistry of Riteish Deshmukh and Tusshar that scuttles its way to your hearts by a fantastical comic timing. They complement each other so well, that you almost dont miss the presence of the female leads, who have again been shortchanged in an otherwise male-centric film. Both, Neha Sharma and Sarah Jane Dias, have a a little to do but Sharma manages to have an edge over Dias in this short race by delivering a slightly better performance. Riteish leads from the front at his comic best while Tusshar always plays insipid loser well. Anupam Kher does not register an impact this time around, endowed with a smudgy character who doesnt have much scope. Chunky Pandey and Howard Rosemeyer re-assert why no one gives them meatier roles.

The makers of Kya Super Kool Hain Hum always had their target audience in mind and did not shy away from defiantly giving the most adulterated film to them. Yet, Sachin Yardi could have made this much better with more meticulous writing, more daring to actually graduate his film from a double meaning joke festival to an actual adult comedy. All this leaves KSKHH notches below its own aim but its also the guilty pleasure that coyly makes a no-brainer enjoyable. It has already taken a raging opening at the Box Office, but is bound to divide the audience, into people who will get grossed out by it and who wont. If you are not easily offended, go for this filthy ride!

Rating - 2/5

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