"It is an entertaining film and not meant to be taken seriously."
Grand Masti sees Ritesh Deshmukh, Vivek Oberoi and Aftab Shivdasani reprising their original roles from the hit comedy, Masti (2004).
The film also stars Bruna Abdullah, Karishma Tanna, Sonalee Kulkarni, Kainat Arora, Maryam Zakaria and others.
Grand Masti follows on from the original film, where Meet, Prem and Amar decide to bring a little excitement in their lives and go out on a fun experience to their college reunion in Shree Lalchand University of Technology and Science.
On this trip, they come across Marlo (Kainaat Arora), Rose (Maryam Zakaria) and Mary (Bruna Abdullah), who are the three classy beauties of the town. It is not long before the three guys are easily driven by the bombshells.
However their trip takes a strange turn when the three get trapped for someone’s demise, and get themselves into all sorts of trouble.
The music has had varied reviews from critics and the public Music director Anand Raj Anand has produced a mixture of songs for the soundtrack.
Reviews have stated that most of the songs are full of sleazy lyrics, dull beats and flat tunes.
However, director Indra Kumar says: “There’s a specific thought behind each song and we’ve tried to retain a distinct flavour for each song. The title track is a modern day disco number, ‘Zulmi’ is meant for street dancers and ‘Tu Bhi Mood Mein’ reinvents the 1980’s in true Govinda style, setting the festive mood in every Ganpati procession this year.”
Ashok Thakeria, who’s producing the film with Kumar, adds: “When we made Masti nine years ago, its music reflected the subtle and romantic feel of the film.
“Today’s youth is wild and more open; hence the songs of Grand Masti are composed keeping in mind the fun and dance element. While the title track is for the classes, the other two songs are totally for the masses.”
Grand Masti has also run into a few legal issues. According to reports, the makers of the film have been issued a legal notice for showing the name of a bank without prior permission.
In addition, senior advocate Sanjay Jain, appearing for ICICI bank, said the film’s trailer has been showing the bank and its staff in poor light when a bank robbery incident takes place and this could damage it’s reputation.
Currently the removal of objectionable visuals from the film has been requested.
Since the film is of an adult nature, this has also caused a few issues for the release in certain countries. On the grounds of the vulgar dialogues and obscene content and scenes that degrade women, Punjab and Haryana high court stayed the release of Grand Masti in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.
The comedy will also not be released in the UAE on Thursday as planned, a top official at the National Media Council has confirmed:
“There were some sexually explicit scenes in this film. Normally, we hold such films back,” said Juma Obaid Al Leem, director of the Media Content Tracking Department at the Council. He stated that films of this kind needed careful review before release.
Aftab Shivdasani is pleased with the progress and the attention the film is gaining, stating: “It’s in a different space and genre – the adult genre. Not many films are made in that space.”
“I think people want these kind of films. If it manages to entertain them and the audiences like it, then the sky is the limit… you never know what will happen.”
Aftab is even surprised with the response to the uncensored trailer of Grand Masti: “I’m quite overwhelmed. I am happy with the way the uncensored promo of the film was received by the audience and I am shocked to see how excited people are about the promo.”
Riteish Deshmukh, says despite being bold and open, the film won’t spoil or influence the youth when it releases:
“At the age of 18, we get the right to choose whom to vote for. So, I feel we are knowledgeable and that’s why our constitution gives us the right (to vote at 18). The audience above 18 years will decide whether they have to watch the film or not,” Riteish said.
He added that: “Whenever a film based on friendship comes, friends enjoy it watching together. As Riteish said, there is no age for friendship, at every phase of life we have friends and when the friends come together, there is no regard for each other. So, I feel people of all age groups should watch the film.”
Vivek Oberoi, who has taken on less work to be with his family, expresses: “I am not going to engage anybody from morale brigade. This film is not meant to teach moral values. It is an entertaining film and not meant to be taken seriously.”
“Let those who want to watch the film just come, enjoy the ride and leave it at that. Don’t make such a big issue about anything; aisa hum karna bhi nahi chahte hai. None of us want any controversies.”
Grand Masti is expected to release on September 13. If it is well received, it may open up doors for more adult comedies since the film industry is developing quickly. For those who love light hearted bold comedy, this film is for you!
What did you think of Grand Masti?
- Time Pass (53%)
- Mind Blowing (35%)
- Okay (12%)