Film Review : Akshay Kumar Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega

Poster-07Akhil Lokhande works multiple odd jobs in one day to pay for his ailing father’s hospital treatment. Until one day he discovers that the man he believed to be his father is not his real father at all and that he is in fact the illegitimate son of a multi-millionaire businessman based in Bangkok.

Akhil (Akshay Kumar) is in love with Sakshi (Tamannaah), a TV serial actor but her father (Mithun Chakraborty) is against their union until and unless Akhil gets rich quick. Akhil cannot believe his luck that not only is he the son of a rich man but that his father has also just died!

The action now shifts to a tacky set posing as Bangkok where Akhil learns that his father (Dilip Tahil who, barring one scene, is relegated to a photo frame) has bequeathed his entire fortune to his loyal pet dog, Entertainment. Thus begins a slapstick set of scenes where Kumar and his annoying friend try to outwit and assassinate Entertainment. Two distant but crooked cousins Karan and Arjun (Prakash Raj and Sonu Sood), who have also sniffed out an opportunity to become inheritors of this wealth, add to the chaos.

Junior the wonder god is genuinely a gorgeous Golden Retriever who plays his part as Entertainment with control, but is clearly confused by the screaming hysteria around him, especially in the shape of a loud Krushna Abhishek whose character constantly speaks using the names of actors, eg ‘I Rajni-can’t believe it’ or ‘Tumhari Ekta Kapoor mein tumhari Shakti Kapoor hai.’ Alongside are the clichéd doggy jokes – references to hot dogs and borrowing of classic Hindi movie dialogues like ‘Kutte, mein tera khoon pee jaoonga’ and ‘Tu kutte ki maut marega’ etc.

Directors Sajid and Farhad (who awards themselves a cameo) are best known as the writers of Golmaal, Bol Bachchan and Himmatwala (among others). There are moments when you find yourself laughing in spite of yourself. But technically the film is wanting especially in terms of production design and special effects, which are particularly shoddy.

Sonu Sood is cast in an embarrassing role that makes even Prakash Raj look good. Tamannaah performs like the heroines of the 80s – which is not always the intention, one feels. Naturally there is no palpable chemistry between Kumar and her. Akshay Kumar plays Akhil with sincerity but you really wonder why he needs to be a part of such films at this stage in his career.

Thank dog, oops god, for Johny Lever’s impeccable comic timing. As the lawyer Habibullah he ups the ante on otherwise asinine humour and cheap jokes that make you cringe for example a reference to a Thai goon as a ‘cheeni’. The ongoing gag about everyone calling him by the wrong name is one of the highlights in an otherwise mindless film that squarely plays to the gallery. Just wish there was more of Junior in the film.

Rating: **

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