"Rascals" is a comedy which is all about two cool competing conmen, played by Ajay Devgn (Bhagat Bhosle) and Sanjay Dutt (Chetan Chauhan), who are trying to out-scheme each other in consistently amusing and surprising setups.
Talking of the script (or the lack of it) will be a waste of your time and energy. The screenplay by Yunus Sajawal is full of clichés and even the flow is inconsistent. The film tends to become verbose, boring and repetitive as the one-upmanship between the two men just doesn’t seem to end. Dialogues by Sanjay Chhel are good at places but the over use of similes gets irritating after some point.
Director David Dhawan fails to bring anything new or fresh and plays safe. He takes the routine path and tries to fill in everything in those little over two hours in the name of ‘entertainment’. While he succeeds in evoking laughter in a few scenes here and there, that’s about it.
Talking of performances, both Ajay Devgn and Sanjay Dutt come up with towering performances in their cat and mouse game. Their roles are equal in length and they seem to very comfortable in their scenes. May be their off screen chemistry has worked wonders even on screen which is such a good thing.
Music by Vishal and Shekhar is peppy and has a zingy feeling to it. Lyrics by Anvita Dutt Guptan and Irshad Kamil are fun and light hearted. Background score by Atul Raninga and Sanjay Wandrekar is effective. Art by Shailesh Mahadik is pleasing to the eye.
Cinematographer Vikas Sivaraman captures the scenic locations of Bangkok in best possible way. Sound by Kunal Mehta and Parikshit Lalwani is good while Editing by Nitin Rokade is alright. Choreography by Bosco-Caesar is energetic and likeable. Action by Mahendra Varma is fun to watch. Costumes by Navin Shetty, Ana Singh and Aki Narula are young and colorful.
All in all – Rascals is a mad comedy and if you like loud and slapstick humor, go for it, or else you will ending up call yourself a ‘rascal’ !