Take a bowl put some smashed bananas, smashed boiled potatoes,
add some lemon juice to it and toss it up with some red pepper
powder and hey! Salt is strictly prohibited. The hysterical
concoction you what Josh is all about. A love story between
the siblings of two rival gangs of rowdy hooligans (Remember
QSQT! with rival families though) and a plot as complicated
as the wire mesh in a television circuit, was certainly not
expected from the director who rendered memorable movies like
JJWS and QSQT.
movie starts with a lady (Nadira) rattling abuses Vasco in
whose name the town of Goa is, like a Virar fast passing through
the khar station. It's 1958 when Goa was still under Portuguese
rule. And before you actually settle down with the rattling,
you enter into a relatively identifiable period of 1980 with
Max (Shah Rukh khan) leader of the Eagle gang and Prakash
(Sharad Kapoor) leader of the rival gang the Bichchoo, flexing
their muscles for a dhishum dhishum. From peccadilloes
to serious crimes, both the gangs walk Scott free thanks to
the Father of the church who shows absolutely no signs of
aging even after 30 years!! In this never ending mara mari
of the gangs (you are all the time asking your neighbor -what
for?) Maxi's twin sister Shirley (the only relief to your
eyes, Aishwarya) and Prakash's younger brother-Rahul, (Chandrachud
Singh, well to say the least, he appeared as if constipated
for a long time) fall in love.
are already lying flat on your seats for the never ending
dare you - glares, cracking of bottles and the throat chocking
cycle chains till the time interval brings you an air of supreme
peace. Perhaps, the only good thing that happens to you for
the entire 3 hrs. ordeal, is the interval. Now you somehow
muster courage to watch the second half only for the money
you have wasted for the ticket but alas what comes out is
a third degree eye torture.
chance to make mega buck Prakash plans to usurp a piece of
land of the town, which turns out to be in the brother sister
duo's name. And with a Sherlock Holmes type zeal for investigation
our constipated man Rahul finds out that the twins are the
illegitimate children of Vasco-Dhadam!!! What a twist.
Christ. Meanwhile Prakash hatches a plot to kill Maxi for
the property and in all that gadbad ghotala gets killed himself.
Twister this time. And just before you are about to run 10
miles away from the theatre for relief, the akhari gawah Rahul
rescues Maxi and no bets for guessing the end, as predictable
as the rising sun.
the plus side, the songs are hummable particularly Mere Khayalon
ki mallika, which is also nicely picturized. Annu Malik scores
a point with the music. Aishwarya as a sister of Shah Rukh
is I feel one bold experiment by Mansoor Khan and it came
out quite successful for the effervescent performance by the
lovely Ash. The presence of Priya Gill was best described
by the titles as special appearance but just for a song is
too special for a gorgeous gill. Sharad Kapoor exudes a lot
of improvement; perhaps he is more suitable to such unromantic
roles. Shah Rukh as usual leaves a mark in whatever he does.
But alas Good actors, good music and a good director all wasted
in this lazy pudding like story of Josh.
bottom line, the top line or which ever line you wish to take-
Josh leaves you Behosh