Director – David Dhawan
Producers – Sanjay Dutt, Sanjay Ahluwalia, Vinay Choksey
Music Director – Vishal Shekhar
Genre – Comedy Action
There was a time when David Dhawan and Govinda together ruled the box office with movies like Hero No. 1, Coolie No. 1 and so on. However, in the last few years the taste of Indian audiences has changed and this is something that David Dhawan should have known before making Rascals. Directed by David Dhawan, Rascals stars Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgn, Kangna Ranaut, Arjun Rampal, Chunky Pandey, Satish Kaushik, Lisa Haydon, Hiten Paintal and Mushtaq Khan.
The movie starts with introduction of two conmen Chetan (Sanjay Dutt) and Bhagat (Ajay Devgn) who are always trying to outsmart each other and make sure that they win the game or bet. Since they are rivals they always try to pull down each other so that they can take the upper hand. However, things go worse when both fall for Khushi (Kangna Ranaut) who is finally and physically good. Hence, they both begin to fight against each other to make sure that they get Khushi and they can enjoy some rich and famous lifestyle.
On performance level, it is sad to see that Sanjay Dutt is not as good as he was in Munnabhai series. In Rascals he is just trying to make audiences laugh without any serious jokes in the pocket. Hence, it was a bad choice that Sanjay Dutt decided to pick himself in this role. Ajay Devgn on the other hand has improved in the comic category and he has already proved that in Golmaal series, All The Best and Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji but there is very little that Ajay Devgn could do to support the movie. Kangna Ranaut is now moving from serious performance to some light hearted comedies and she did splendid job in Tanu Weds Manu but in Rascals she really does not have much scope to show case her funny bone. She tries to expose and show off her assets but that is not going to impress audiences for long time. Chunky Pandey and Satish Kaushik are good but things could have been better. Lisa Haydon acts well but she still has to do her homework before getting the next film.
Technically, the movie is good and cinematography by Vikas Sivaraman is one good thing that will keep you happy. The music by Vishal Shekhar is not really up to the mark and only the title track and Shake It Saiyyan is doing some rounds on music charts. The screenplay and story by Yunus Sajawal is just not there and that is where Rascals will get some negative points. It is obvious that David Dhawan movies do not have proper scripts but they still have some humor in it. However, this time Rascals have no proper humor and script and that is going to impact the movie collection.
To conclude, Rascals is typical David Dhawan movie which has the Deewana Mastana flavor to it, but unfortunately the movie is without any strong plot and that will impress only David Dhawan fans. Audiences looking for some good scripted comedy will not appreciate the movie because there is nothing in the movie that they can take home.