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The Shaukeens

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Critic Rating

4.8

35 Reviews
30 Ratings
40%
in favor

Audience Rating

3.0
1 Review
2 Ratings

Movie Info

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Running Time

Language

Hindi

Synopsis

Three friends in their 60s try to do everything that they couldn't do in their younger days - before death arrives.Wikipedia

The Shaukeens Reviews

4

There are the odd moments of inspired humor - all crude - between the three senior actors, but for the most part they're wasted.

Shubhra Gupta
Indian Express

3

Three dirty old men `leching’ at a pretty young thing is what ‘The Shaukeens’ sets out to show. If it had stuck to its guns, made its threesome more interesting, and the girl less ditsy, this remake of Basu Chatterjee’s ‘Shaukeen’ (1982), would have done its job.

Anupama Chopra
Hindustan Times

4

The Shaukeens improves substantially in the second half when it becomes more about Akshay and less about the buddies. In fact Akshay earns the film an extra star.

Sweta Kaushal
Hindustan Times

3

Watch it only if you are an Akshay fan. He's does not have a screen space of more 20 minutes in this 124-minute-long movie but when he is there, he makes his presence felt.

Kusumita Das
Deccan Chronicle

6

With a catchy soundtrack, a steady supply of giggles, top-notch performances and an engaging script, Abhishek Sharma’s The Shaukeens is a worthy follow-up to his first film, the hilarious Tere Bin Laden. Watch it to get a taste of vintage Bollywood that’s not afraid to laugh at itself.

Whenever Akshay appears on screen, The Shaukeens transforms into another movie -- one that's substantially more comic, cheeky and winsome -- it's the one I enjoyed the most, it's the one I wished I had come to see.

The leading lady of The Shaukeens ditches her boyfriend because, in her words, "he made fun of my creation and called it stupid and obnoxious".That is it: those are the very adjectives that would best describe this unfunny, eminently avoidable film.

Madhureeta Mukherjee
Times Of India

6

The terrific threesome play their parts with ease and Lisa adds oomph and colour to the 'grey' streaks. Some humour is forced; songs are shovelled in, and the climax lasts way beyond the orgasm! A tad more comical chemistry between the trio would made this a far more entertaining fare.

If only Kumar were the main plot. When the movie returns to the randy old scarecrows, it feels like an anti-climax and just one more hackneyed, derivative film in a Bollywood library that’s already brimming with them. That said, if eye candy is your thing and you want two Yo Yo Honey Singh songs in your soundtrack instead of just one, you could do worse than “The Shaukeens.”

Rohit Khilnani
India Today

2

This film has no soul and no character. It's time waste, paisa waste!

3

The Shaukeens is a lame, dunce, dis-satisfactory and a stupid film at its core that is so tedious and flat that you almost abhor your time at the cinema. If you can tolerate 30 minutes of Akshay Kumar making fun of himself and his colleagues by making funny faces, you can take a trip for this. But for me, it was a disappointing story of how we lost an intelligent filmmaker to fat paychecks from fancy production houses. There can’t be a better reason why someone as intelligent as Abhishek created something so glaikit.

Saurabh Dwivedi
India Today

7

Abhishek Sharma, who gave us the delightful Tere Bin Laden, does a great job with The Shukeens too. The film, despite its theme does not get crass or vulgar even once, which is why it will get a larger audience.

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India Today

8

It's been a while since I had an LOL moment in the cinema. Watching letchy comedy, The Shaukeens made me want to ROFL more than a few times.

... a full on Bollywood entertainer that you wouldn't want to miss.

Sachin Chatte
The Navhind Times

4

Director Abhishek Sharma gave is the entertaining Tere Bin Laden, but sadly The Shaukeens is nowhere close to it. Inspired by Basu Chatterjee’s Shaukeen (1982) this film loses steam very quickly. The rehashed plot where Akshay Kumar plays himself is funny in parts but eventually ends up going nowhere.

It’s a shame that film after film reeks of uninspired writing and lazy filmmaking. Are we really this bereft of ideas that we can’t even replicate the success of a film that once worked?

Audience Reviews for The Shaukeens

  • Bindu Cherungath
    Bindu Cherungath
    126 reviews
    Top Reviewer
    1

    The Shaukeens is definitely not for Movie-Shaukeens.

    The Shaukeens, a tragedy in the name of a comedy movie – poor theme, poor storytelling, poor sense of humour and hugely talented actors just getting wasted. What Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor and Piyush Mishra are doing in such a movie, sheer wastage of talent. A remake of 1982 movie by the same name, and this 2014 version is directed by Abhishek Sharma.

    The story is about three men in their sixties: One of them a bachelor KD (Annu Kapoor), another one Pinky, a widower (Piyush Mishra) and the third one Lali (Anupam Kher) having a spiritually-oriented wife (Rati Agnihotri). All three of them are lecherous in nature and have only lust in mind. They decide to go to Mauritius and have some fun in life. There they land up in Ahaana’s (Lisa Haydon) house. All three of them try to floor Ahaana in their own manner when they learn that Ahaana is a die-hard fan of Akshay Kumar and she would do ‘anything’ for the person who makes her meet Akshay Kumar. Akshay is playing himself and shooting in Mauritius. All three of them in their own peculiar manner get Ahaana meet Akshay hoping that she would return the favour. Akshay takes a dig at his own self through various dialogues in the movie.

    Is there a story at all in this movie to be reviewed? Can the bachelorhood / widower status of someone be made fun of? Is the longingness to have a partner in life, desiring to have a company of someone special wrong? Absolutely not, then why the whole set of feelings need to be addressed through ‘lust’? Does the genre of comedy require lot of dialogues with double meaning cues? How to tolerate terrible actions from veterans of the industry?

    The Shaukeens is definitely not for Movie-Shaukeens.

    November 21, 14