Dostana Movie Review – a candy-floss take on homosexuality
The Cast and Crew
Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham, Bobby Deol, Priyanka Chopra, Kirron Kher, Boman Irani, Sushmita Mukherjee
Cinematography: Ayananka Bose
Director: Tarun Mansukhani
Producers: Hiroo Johar, Karan Johar
Banner: Dharma Productions
Dostana is a Rs 50 Crore mainstream Bollywood film featuring gay protagonists. However, this film has more in common with Three’s Company than Brokeback Mountain or Milk, because the characters aren’t actually gay.
They are heterosexual men pretending to be homosexuals so they can save on rent and share an apartment.
Dostana is a bold, hilarious take on a sensitive theme.
Dostana is about two normal guys Sameer (Bachchan) and Kunal (Abraham), who pretend to be gay so as to rent an apartment in Miami. Their flatmate is Neha (Priyanka Chopra) who works at the fashion magazine Verve. The three-some soon bond together in friendship. Sameer and Kunal try their own ways to get the attention of Neha, when the narration takes an unexpected turn with Neha’s new boss Abhimanyu Singh (Bobby Deol) enters the scene.
Three guys vying for a girl’s attention and the supposedly gay couple trying all tricks in the trade to make the girl theirs is the crux of Dostana.
The climax is as shocking as the theme itself.
Abhishek Bachchan gives a stunning performance with a perfect timing for comedy. John Abraham with his chiseled chest and wry seductive smile is care-free in essaying his role. Priyanka Chopra comes out with another sterling performance. Bobby Deol is sauve and dignified while underplaying his role.
Bomman Irani’s typical facial expressions make one to go into splits instantly. Kiron Kher is competent, yet witty. Sushmita Mukherjee is adequate in her role.
The story, screenplay and direction are too good to be a first-timer’s effort. That’s what Tarun Mansukhani achieves. He takes a sensitive and serious premise like homosexuality, but makes it into a mature humorous film without belittling the theme. Cinematography by Ayananka Bose is superlative what with the splendours of Miami as the backdrop. Music by Vishal-Shekhar is exhilarating. The song
Maa Da Laadla Bigad Gaya is going to be on everybody’s lips. The choreography and audiography are very good. The production values are very high.
Dostana is a breezy romantic comedy with a love-rectangle. Dostana shocks and yet rocks.
Dostana is a laugh-riot unleashed on the audience. Imagine John Abraham introducing Abhishek Bachchan, “We are gay… this is my boyfriend.” Or Kiron Kher. Mother of Abhishek Bachchan after accepting her son’s partner, “I’m not sure whether you’re my son-in-law or daughter-in-law!”
Rush to the nearest theatre for a rib-tickling extravaganza.
3.25 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar