Review: Poshter Boyz is watchable

Posted on Aug 2 2014 - 2:06pm by Shailesh Narwade
A still from Marathi film Poshter Boyz.

A still from Marathi film Poshter Boyz.

The lives of three men – an elderly farmer, a middle-aged teacher and a young bachelor – turn upside down when the three find their pictures on a health department’s poster promoting vasectomy. Baffled and annoyed for being objects of jokes, they first try to regain their respect through right means, and finally resort to a rare idea to achieve the goal.

Writer-director Sameer Patil’s Poshter Boyz has a unique plot to entertain the audience and for most part of the film the filmmaker succeeds in making it work. The film starts well, comes to the point quickly and moves forward tickling your funny bone every now and then. It has a fresh concept, believable characters, exciting events, and is not less than a laugh riot in the first half.

Dilip Prabhawalkar and Hrishikesh Joshi have now become experts in playing the characters they have been offered in Poshter Boyz. Their comic timings and expressions are worth watching. But Aniket Vishwasrao is in full form this time. After the blunder called Bhakarkhadi 7 KM, it can be suggested to Aniket that he should stick to comedy for few more films before trying another serious role.

Pooja Sawant looked pretty as Aniket’s girlfriend while Neha Joshi suited as Hrishikesh’s nagging wife. The music by Leslie Lewis is worth noticing as it entirely complements the film and makes it lively and more enjoyable.

Poshter Boyz, sadly, comes with some problems. The film’s second part has deliberately been made too socially-responsible and emotional and therefore it is less enjoyable. The concept and events itself are very funny and interesting and can happen to anyone. Then why the makers felt the need to deliver sermons at the last moment?

As the film progresses after interval, we get blurry recollection of Vikas Behl’s Chillar Party, in which the kids take out a chaddi march; and there are visible efforts to infuse Rajkumar Hirani kind of effect like Lage Raho Munnabhai. As it approaches the end, it becomes preachy and boring, and gets reduced to a mere campaign for family planning and women empowerment.

And then, the producer couldn’t resist making an appearance before the film ends, and within a couple of scenes, he becomes the film’s biggest hero, thus turning the three main characters into supporting ones. Now who will stop the boss from doing such things? Talpade has even grown beard for the role, as, probably, he knew, that otherwise he might not look like a grown up man to suit the role.

The cameos by Anu Malik, Rohit Shetty and Farah Khan, were unnecessary and futile efforts to add glamour only as they didn’t contribute to humour or emotions.

Despite all these defects, Poshter Boyz is watchable for its innovative story and good performances. It seems that Sameer Patil had a latest bullet train to run, but he lost the track after the first halt.