Directed by Tarun Mansukhani
Produced by Dharma Productions
Written by Tarun Mansukhani
Starring Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham, Priyanka Chopra
Music by Vishal-Shekhar
Distributed by Yash Raj Films
Release date(s) November 14, 2008
A movie based on a subject based on homosexuality? Its got to be just a lot of those “Kantaben” jokes like in Kal Ho Na Ho right? Wrong! Dostana is not ridiculing or just making fun of the subject, instead its just a theme, which has not made fun of but rather shown pretty normally and very well handled by the debutant director Tarun Mansukhani. Its a story about how two friends pretend to be gay to find a place to live. Read the complete plot here (Spoiler warning!).
So its ofcourse a relatively very new theme, and a first movie completely dedicated to the idea of homosexuality (not counting that Girlfriend movie which come out sometime back starring Amrita Arora and Isha Koppikar and turned out to be a disaster). So it was a fun ride all the way, well not all the way for half way for sure, and then on occasions in the second half. But I guess the first half makes the movie worth watching. It was filled with hilarious scenes surrounding the actors. Everyone just burst out laughing on numerous occasions, especially when Abhishek narrates his and John’s lovestory, that was really funny.
The movie as such didn’t have a great story, its just that the humor content saves the movie from a average film. Its just the amazing first half that makes it a very good watch. The location is set in Miami, but I wanted to see more of it as its a very beautiful. And when normally Bollywood movies show a lot of the town in the films set in foreign locations, Miami well known for its beaches, only showed well in the opening title song of the film. Direction was fine but had some places to improve. The first half was a fun ride, but second half was a big let down, should have been better. Songs were nice, “Maa Da Laadla” was a funny song. “Jaane Kyon” and “Desi Girl” are also good songs. Good music overall.
Acting wise a great performance from Abhishek Bachchan. He was really good and handled the funny sequences and role splendidly. John Abraham was also quite good, but he was better in a comic role in Garam Masala. He wasn’t bad mind you, and yeah he looked great. Priyanka Chopra, boy she looked sexy and stunning, and acted pretty well too. Shilpa Shetty also looked amazing in the song in opening credits. Boman Irani was funny, but his role was very short, same for Kirron Kher. Kirron Kher normally plays a lot of time on screen, but this time her appearance was very short, should have been more. Bobby Doel is credited for a special appearance but he was pretty much in the main starcast I believe.
Anyways its a really entertaining movie, havn’t seen a good bollywood movie in recent times, so this is a welcome watch. First half is really amazing, but the second half is a bit of a let down. Still a very good watch overall, nice entertainment.