Karan Johar does pleasantly surprise with his new offering – Dostana. The movie scratches the surface of a sensitive topic with comic timing and dollops of laughter. Karan Johar has extended the ‘kantaben’ spoof in Kal ho Naa ho and has delightfully taken to the next level, that my friends, is Dostana for you.
Set in the sunny and sexy Miami, Samir (Abhishek Bachchan) and Karan (John Abraham) enact a gay couple to rent a home together. Fortunately for them, they get an accommodation at Neha’s (Priyanka Chopra) apartment who doesn’t mind a gay couple staying with her (well damn right, why would a girl fear a gay couple !!). The trio soon bond with other and develop a great friendship which soon turns into love confirming bollywood’s faith into the famous dialogue ‘Ek Ladka aur Ek Ladki Kabhi dost nahin ho sakte’. In case of Dostana, both John and Abhishek fall in love with the gorgeous landlady, not to be undone by the other, John and Abhishek try to woo the lady. Things get worse when Priyanka falls for her colleague Abhimanyu (Bobby Deol) and that’s where things get funnier with three men in fray. The first half of the movie is laced with the gay-humor between Abhishek and John, the second half apparently gets a little serious with the climax ala Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna.
Dostana takes a fresh look at love triangles; it sheds the conventional bollywood storyline and offers the audience a love triangle, peppered with gay humor. Debutant director Tarun Mansukhani proves his credentials as a competent writer and director, the movie is also technically sound with top notch screenplay and cinematography, the locales are catchy and the style and substance of the movie is upmarket, a sure hit at the multiplexes. The music is peppy and catchy with songs like ‘Desi Girl’ and ‘Maa Da Laadla Bigad Gaya‘ sure to rock the boat.
This movie is designed with the urban crowd in mind and the acceptance of the fact topics that are considered taboo can still be presented if done the right way. As for the star cast, Abhishek delivers one of his best performances with apt comic timing (move over Drona!!), John impresses both with his acting skills and physique, he’s sure to drive girls crazy and Priyanka does an amazing job delivering another stellar performance after Fashion. The rest of the star cast including Boman Irani, Kiron Kher (playing the quintessential Punjabi mom, move over Reema Lagoo) and Bobby Deol, all do justice to their role.
Last words for the man who’s the true star of the movie, the producer, Karan Johar, who with some clever thinking has come up with a trump that’s bound to set the box office on fire.