Posted by: kcgadiyar | November 17, 2008

Setting Gay rights back a decade: The Dostana Review

dostana1There are movies which make you sit up and think about deep-rooted soceital biases. There are movies which take a stand on issues. There are movies which deal with social issues and try to make a difference. Dostana is not such a movie.

What Dostana is: A laugh-a-minute ride, a leave your brains at home movie and a film which reinforces every gay stereotype there is, but does it in such a way that it is not jarring to watch.

The movie deals with 2 straight men who have to pretend to be gay in order to be able to stay in an apartment in which currently a single girl resides. Both of them find that they are falling in love with the girl, at the same time the girl falls for her new boss, and hilarity ensues.

To be fair, the hilarity begins from the start of the movie itself when Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham wake up in the same apartment after their escapades the previous night.

The rest of the movie rests on the one lie they tell the landlady and leads to a lot of misunderstandings, strange situations and a plot resting on a thin thread.

There are some completely laugh out loud moments, the chief among them being

  • The Beedi Jalaile and Maa-da-laadla songs
  • Any moment with Kirron Kher
  • Any moment with Sushmita Mukherjee
  • The ending
  • And best of all, The flashback to Venice

Acting wise, Abhishek Bachchan with his exaggerated actions and Bobby Deol, with his toned down demeanour stand above evryone.

Overall, it is an ultra-timepass flick.


A recommendation to watch.


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