With a title as hostile and uninviting as ‘No Entry’ I walked into the film with some apprehensions. Besides Boney Kapoor doesn’t have the best track record in film production lately - Shakti, Run, Khushi and Bewafaa have all been disasters. The director, Anees Bazmee, too has always been heavily inspired by Hollywood. Pyaar To Hona hi Tha was a frame-by-frame remake of French Kiss and Deewangee, a replica of Primal Fear.
However these masterminds seem to have struck the right cord in their latest rib-tickling situational comedy - No Entry!
The film is about three distinct characters - Prem (Salman Khan), a married womaniser, Kishan (Anil Kapoor) and his employee, Sunny (Fardeen Khan). Kishan is married to Kajal (Lara Dutta) who is convinced that her husband is cheating on her. Frustrated with her temperament, Prem introduces Kishan to the forbidden fruit - Bobby (Bipasha Basu), a club dancer!
What follows then is a rollercoaster ride of misfortunes and havoc.
The concept of the film bears resemblance to last year’s unashamed sex comedy, Masti, in that three friends dissatisfied with their marriages look for some excitement outside their marriage. But the similarity ends there. The situations, star cast and performances are far superior to the usual breed of crass sex comedies (Masti, Kya Kool Hain Hum, Hulchul).
Bazmee, who has also scripted the film, shows his control over the medium with well etched characters (although some are stereotypical) and hysterical situations. Amongst the moments that stand-out are:
Another attraction is that No Entry boasts a showcase of stars.
Salman Khan is at ease as the smooth-talking womaniser. His character is similar to ones he’s played before in films like Biwi No.1 and Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya. Anil Kapoor is in full-form also. His comic timing and body language are impeccable. Fardeen Khan shows a great flair for comedy at his first attempt. He shares stellar situations with Anil Kapoor in the latter half of the film.
Amongst the female leads, Lara Dutta has perhaps the meatiest role. Her performance as the distrusting Kajal is first-rate. Bipasha Basu after playing a softer character in Barsaat, is back to her usual sultry and tantalising self as Bobby. Although looking slightly heavier, she easily moulds herself easily into a vampish character and doesn’t go overboard.
Celina Jaitley should ask for her refund on those acting classes! She is mechanical throughout. Esha Deol relegates to the background and has hardly any footage.
Boman Irani as the scandalising minister is flawless. His sequences with the loud Prateema Kazmi are hilarious.
Technically, the film is sound. The dialogues are witty and free from the sexual innuendos commonly found in this genre. Cinematography by Ashok Mehta is striking. Locales of Mauritius and South Africa are scenic.
However the music leaves much to be desired. Barring the title song, music by Anu Malik is disappointing. The film could have also done with a smaller run-time and crisp editing. Some of the pre-interval portions need to be trimmed.
Nonetheless this multi-starrer should strike and prove a decent run at the box office. So leave your sensibilities and sense of logic at the door and be sure to make an entry into ‘No Entry’!