“Nothing Great or Grand About This Masti” – Subhash K Jha reviews Grand Masti

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Great Grand MastiGreat Grand Masti
Starring Ritesh Deshmukh, Vivek Obreroi, Aftab Shivdasani, Urvashi Rautela
Directed by Indra Kumar
Rating: 0 stars

Stop right here. Veteran filmmaker Indra Kumar who never grew up—at least, his cinema didn’t—has the golden solution to the epidemic problem of rape in this country….masturbation!

In a sequence that must have ranked as a highlight while scripting (I can just see the team holding their crotches and doubling up with laughter) a man stops a car in the middle of  nowhere, orders the heroes to pleasure themselves at gunpoint…not just once, but thrice….Exhausted and satiated our three protagonists protest at the very thought of any more self-service.

Satisfied the man with the gun shouts for his daughter. “You can get in the car with them now. They will drive you to the next village without harming you.”

Women, we can assume, are safe as long as men use their hands for more than a handshake. But who is going to save mankind from a catastrophe like Great Grand Masti? A joke so poor and a comedy so feeble it makes us reach out for a helpline targeted at distressed movie audiences.

The infantile ‘jokes’ are largely aimed at the penis. Most of the film is set in a haunted haveli with an oomphy ghost performing a series of item songs.

As they say, if life doesn’t kill you, Bollywood’s concept of sexy will. The writers seem to derive much pleasure from talking about the erect male reproductive organ in various positions and strategies. Women heaving bosoms in space-challenged blouses are meant to be funny and erotic. Jokes Sunny Leone (pronounced with a silent ‘e’ by all the characters) rub shoulders with digs at Sunny Deol.

Early in the film a woman visits Dr Ritesh Deshmukh (yes, he actually has a job beyond ogling and self-pleasuring) with her husband who has been bitten by a bee in his genitals.

“Doc, could you do something so that the swelling remains?” she bats her eyelids coyly. Deshmukh looks stricken and swallows hard.

Maybe he is thinking of what his children would think when they are old enough to watch the Masti series.

(Can children disown their fathers?)

Great Grand Masti has strangely been certified by the censor board for ‘Adults Only’. It’s one of the most infantile sex comedies in the hoary history of the genre in Indian cinema. The witless gags make you gag. The three heroes are at their best, horny imbeciles. At their worst (which occurs with annoying frequency) they are psychologically challenged dimwits whose mental faculties have not been able to grow in tandem with their  libidos.

These guys think with their penises.

As is the “tradition” in the Masti series the three heroes get no sex from their wives, for reasons that are so silly and embarrassing they make you cringe at the though-processes that have gone into the scripting. In one sequence Aftab Shivdasani’s screen sister-in-law gets into bed with him and swears she saw a mouse in the bed.

Rat gayi, baat gayi.

The trio of horny brainless heroes move into an abandoned haveli where a sex-starved ghost (Urvashi Rautela, hugely, massively, voluptuously inspired by Rekha) chases them down to their boxer shorts. And then some more.

Grow up, guys. The world has moved on since Indra Kumar made the first Masti movie 12 years ago. Youngsters, not even pubescent kids are scandalized by penis and vagina talk. Bananas and hotdogs do not serve as substitutes for the phallus even in the whispered conversations of 11-year olds.

I suggest Induji watch music video for the webseries Pappu Aur Papa where a little 7-year old boy asks his father about condoms, homosexuality and masturbation.

Great Great Masti is stuck in  a time-warp. Innuendos, comparing penises to bananas and referring to pubic hair as jhaad(bush), are no longer cool even in school back-benches. Shockingly the female actors are shown to participate in scenes where woman’s body parts are likened to plots of land and real estate.

Funny, how we vent so much time energy and ire on Salman Khan for comparing wrestling to rape when the actual misogyny and smut are to be found in Bollywood ‘sex comedies’. Great Grand Masti is as sexy as  watching two porcupines mating in the zoo. The people on screen may have fun. We will pass. Thank you.

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