Posted: 12 years ago

Story: Take two petty crooks (Sanjay Dutt and Akshaye Khanna), a mean gangster and his moll (Suniel Shetty and Neetu Chandra), a bumbling cop and his schizophrenic wife (Anil Kapoor and Sushmita Sen), a bimbette on the beach (Kangana Ranaut), a bank heist and a puppet in the hands of all these people ( Paresh Rawal) and shake them all together in madcap measure...End result: a bunch of clueless people hunting for a cachet of stolen diamonds and relentlessly stepping on each other's toes. 

Movie Review: Anees Bazmee is fast donning the mantle of the comedy king in commercial Bollywood. Having delivered big laugh riots like Singh is Kinng, Welcome and No Entry, Bazmee seems to be spinning box office magic in a style reminiscent of David Dhawan's oeuvre during the 1990s. There's a similar incoherence and a method in his madness as he spins implausible yarns that have just one objective. They want to tickle your funny bone, any which way, even if means throwing reason and logic out of the window. But hey, when did the desi box office ever bother about inanities like sense and sensibility. 

So go ahead and have a blast with a film that celebrates chaos and hopes to be the stress buster you have been looking for after a hectic twenty-tenner. And yes, don't forget your crispies because this one's meant to pop the corn with its crazy characters and its cornball humour. Leading the brat pack is Anil Kapoor who tries a desi Pink Panther with his foolish cop act. He may have the responsibility of nabbing all the criminals running around in sylvan South Africa, but rest assured his handcuffs -- meant for the bad guys -- are always going to hang loose on his hips and the bullets in his gun will never meet their target. Small wonder then, hardcore robber Marco (Suniel Shetty) can barely stifle a yawn when the bumbling officer announces his arrival. But his foolishness elicits the best response from his wife, Sushmita Sen, who is torn between loving her husband or killing him for his stupidity. Her murderous bouts are the high point of the film, as are Paresh Rawal's attempts to set things right by setting them all wrong. Both Sanjay Dutt and Akshaye Khanna too seem to get their comic timing right as the goon buddys who are out to make a fast buck. Sadly, Kangana Ranaut's attempts to re-fashion her image from girl interrupted to giggly-headed beauty queen don't seem to have an edge. 

The film does seem to be roughly edited in places and could do with some nips and tucks. Even the music (Sajid Wajid, Pritam, Anand Raj Anand) doesn't have the chartbuster flavour of the Singh is Kinng audio track. But rest assured, No Problem will make you forget your problems, provided you are willing to get goofy and give up your quest for meaning in masala

Posted: 12 years ago
Review: Star cast just about rescues No Problem
Published: Friday, Dec 10, 2010, 6:00 IST | Updated: Friday, Dec 10, 2010, 1:24 IST 
By Blessy Chettiar | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
A poster of No Problem

Film: No Problem (U/A)
Director: Anees Bazmee
Cast: Anil Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Akshaye Khanna, Kangna Ranaut, Sushmita Sen, Neetu Chandra, Paresh Rawal, Suniel Shetty
Rating: **

No Problem boasts of a huge star cast. It is delightful to see Anil Kapoor, who has been making news for his international projects, in a comedy after No Entry (2005) andWelcome (2007), both directed by Anees Bazmee.

Gangster Marcus (Shetty), his mole Sophia (Chandra) and his henchmen have successfully carried off a multi-crore diamond heist. Two small-time thieves Yash (Dutt) and Raj (Khanna) rob a bank in Zandulal's gaon (mind you, it's in South Africa and all the residents of the gaon speak Hindi).

Zandulal follows Yash and Raj to Durban, only to become a prime suspect in a robbery at a minister's house. What ensues is what makes the characters of No Problem click.

Incompetent cop Arjun (Kapoor), his schizophrenic wife Kajal (Sen) and Zandulal (Rawal) pull off the meatiest gags. Arjun's ineptitude calls for Kajal's split personality Kaamini to be after his life.

Just like Kajal's bouts of madness, No Problem offers spells of fun, most of them after the break. Clearly, some jokes are drab while many others are preposterous.

The plot may appear convoluted, but who cares for logic when you are exercising your jaw muscles, even if only at intervals? Kapoor, Dutt and Khanna's comic timing is fantastic while Rawal, as always, does not disappoint. Beach bimbette Ranaut is thoroughly annoying. Sen stands out with her ravishing looks and uproarious portrayal of a patient with split personalities.

Sub-optimal editing makes No Problem's look problematic with the director jumping from one scene to another, like talking about different events in isolation. The audience will be able to easily catch that many scenes are shot in India as the filmmakers fail miserably to create the illusion of South Africa in those scenes.

The comedy may be forced throughout the film, but the characters make it digestible. If Bazmee's Welcome was a laugh riot, No Problem just about manages to tickle your funny bone. The film is capable of making you forget your problems, though momentarily.

Posted: 12 years ago
I read a review-tweet which said Kambakht Ishq looks like a masterpiece in front of No Problem LOL lemme go look for it.

@AniruddhaGuhaAniruddha Guha
What would you say if I tell you that Kambakkht Ishq is a bloody masterpiece when compared to #NoProblem. No, seriously.

Edited by Okazaki - 12 years ago
Posted: 12 years ago
Originally posted by Okazaki

I read a review-tweet which said Kambakht Ishq looks like a masterpiece in front of No Problem LOL lemme go look for it.

@AniruddhaGuhaAniruddha Guha
What would you say if I tell you that Kambakkht Ishq is a bloody masterpiece when compared to #NoProblem. No, seriously.

Posted: 12 years ago
Movie Reviews  
By Taran Adarsh, December 10, 2010 - 10:40 IST

The one thing I've observed in Anees Bazmee's movies is that the plotline may be bizarre and outlandish, but each of his films has stood tall on the entertainment quotient. Perhaps, that's one of the reasons why his movies have struck a chord with a big chunk of moviegoers [read the hardcore masses]. The heroic triumph of NO ENTRY, WELCOME and SINGH IS KINNG endorses this statement.

The most difficult thing is to make people roll with laughter and that's precisely what Bazmee does in film after film, for viewers of all ages. Follow these three mantras religiously, while watching an Anees Bazmee film: Don't seek logic, don't ask questions and just keep your thinking cap outside the theatre. You need to follow these rules while watching NO PROBLEM as well. Unfortunately, Bazmee's latest outing is so mind-numbingly dull that you wonder how could he come up with such a soulless and charmless film.

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NO PROBLEM doesn't have a smart plot, theek hain, no problem. But the bigger problem is it doesn't have those genuinely funny sequences and crackling dialogue either that you associate with the accomplished director's films. Honestly, I never expect to watch a path-breaking story in his films, but I do expect them to deliver hearty laughs, which NO PROBLEM doesn't. In the past, in films like NO ENTRY, WELCOME and SINGH IS KINNG, Bazmee had handled the multiple characters with aplomb, but the writing is so inconsistent this time that one has to actually struggle to stay attentive.

Final word? NO PROBLEM is meant to be a crowd-pleaser, but, sadly, it lacks those clever one-liners, bursting-with-energy sequences and amusing goings-on to make your two hours in the cineplex worthwhile. NO PROBLEM has a huge problem: It fails to entertain!

Yash [Sanjay Dutt] and Raj [Akshaye Khanna] are small-time crooks and childhood buddies. Raj wants to lead an honest life, but Yash always manages to do something that jeopardizes Raj's chances of turning over a new leaf. When Yash robs the First Village Bank, the innocent bank manager, Zandulal [Paresh Rawal], also falls under suspicion, just because he had sheltered Yash and Raj under his roof.

In Durban, Arjun [Anil Kapoor] is a bungling cop, married to Kajal [Sushmita Sen], the daughter of the Commissioner of Police [Shakti Kapoor]. Kajal has a split personality -- one moment she's a loving wife and mother, who, for 10 minutes every day, transforms into a terrifying maniac intent on murdering her husband.

Diamonds worth millions have been stolen from the International Diamond Centre by the gang lead by Marcos [Suniel Shetty]. Arjun is as determined to find these ruthless robbers, as Zandulal is to find the two crooks who robbed his bank. Yash and Raj try to avoid Zandulal, who does not realize that they are his neighbours.

Meanwhile, Raj falls in love with Sanjana [Kangna Ranaut], Kajal's younger sister. But just before the engagement, Zandulal threatens to expose Yash and Raj unless they return the money they stole from his bank. Cornered, Raj and Yash agree to commit one last robbery. They rob a minister's house, minutes before Marcos arrives. The minister is tortured and killed, because Marcos cannot find the stolen diamonds.

Now starts a game of hide and seek, as Arjun goes after Yash and Raj, the prime suspects in the minister's murder and Marcos also hunts them down because he's figured out that they have the diamonds. Yash and Raj must prove their innocence and also somehow or the other pay back Zandulal.

NO PROBLEM has an outrageous plot, exaggerated and overstated scenes, but unlike Bazmee's previous films, this one tries too hard to make you laugh, but fails miserably. You expect the gags and punch lines to hit you from all directions and you also expect to break into guffaws, but barring a couple of scenes, which do bring a smile on your face, you just don't react to the goings-on. In fact, the writing is the weakest link of the enterprise. It lacks in drama, it lacks in unadulterated humour and everything seems to fall into place too easily. It jumps from one sequence to another and often forgets what's tackled before, in the previous sequence. The continuity jerks are evident at a number of places, frankly.

Bazmee is flogging the age-old formulas over and over again. It worked in the past because those films were rich as far as the entertainment quotient was concerned, but it doesn't work this time around. The music is functional, with 'Mast Punjabi' being the most energetic track of the enterprise. Cinematography is eye-pleasing and the locales of South Africa are eye-filling.

Bazmee's movies bestow its actors ample scope to push their comic boundaries, but NO PROBLEM doesn't. Of the central cast, Sanju tries hard to carry off his part, Akshaye is just about okay, while Anil hits the right notes and Paresh, as always, stands out. He delivers in every sequence. Kangna is wasted, but Sushmita shows a flair for comedy. Suniel Shetty is as usual. Neetu Chandra doesn't get much scope. Shakti Kapoor is funny. Baby Saloni is okay. As for Vijay Raaz, what is he doing in this film?

Oh yes, there's a family of gorillas as well as a shoal of fish in a mini aquarium - yes, they form an integral part of this story. The gorillas appear from nowhere and save the heroes in the climax, while the fish swallow the diamonds before these gems reach the villain's hands.

On the whole, NO PROBLEM has some funny moments in the first half, but gets agonizing towards the second half. It has several problems: It lacks a cohesive screenplay, it lacks in entertainment and most importantly, the humour falls flat. NO PROBLEM is full of problems.

Edited by Somii - 12 years ago
Posted: 12 years ago
One of the worst movie I have ever seen
Posted: 12 years ago
uhu negative reviews..
i enjoyed the movie
Posted: 12 years ago
sallufanno1 u seen it? did you enjoy it?

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