Jodi No.1 (2001)
Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Govinda, Twinkle Khanna, Monica Bedi
Director: David Dhawan
Music Director: Anand Raaj Anand Himesh Reshamiyya
Nutshell: yet another dire attempt at comedy from the moronic David Dhawan
Reviewed by: Faiz Khan
Govinda and Sanjay Dutt starred together in another David Dhawan starrer Haseena Maan Jayegi about two years ago which was a relatively successful comedy. Jodi No 1 is an attempt to cash in on the same formula.
Veeru (Govinda) and Jai (Sanjay Dutt) are two small time thieves who get by with their little scams until Jai accidentally kills a mobster’s brother. The mobster (Ashish Vidyarti), after their blood, forces the duo to flee Mumbai and they end up in Goa, Jai having taken on the identity of an NRI by stealing the NRI’s clothes and belongings on a train that the duo were travelling on. They ensconse themselves in the household of Rai Bahadur (Anupam Kher) posing as the NRI with the intention of robbing Rai Bahadur and running off with his money. But it appears that Rai Bahadur has fallen on hard times and looks to the duo to get his factory up and running again. For this, the duo have to win a tender which Veeru manages to swing for Rai Bahadur with a preposterously awful presentation impressing all including Tina(Twinkle Khanna), an agent working on the tender.
Love flutters its wings and we are subjected to the usual song and dance with a bulbous Govinda and haughty Tina adding colour if nothing else to the beautiful locations of Switzerland. Yawn yawn. In the meantime, we have Rai Bahadur’s daughter Rinki (Monika Bedi) falling for Jai and we now have a happy foursome until the mobster catches up with the duo in Goa. The question is, will these small time crooks steal the moolah and do a runner or will they stay on and try to be decent people. More yawns.
Haven’t we seen this so many times before? It is pointless my even trying to go on further with the story because it is wafer thin and David Dhawan thinks that he can actually pack the story with hilarious situations to pad out this hideously dull masala movie and make something of it. But he cannot and even the stars cannot salvage this lame attempt at a comedy from being funny, let alone hilarious. Dhawan prolongs scenes and milks them to their utmost but only succeeds in severe tedium and although, a smattering of titters were heard from time to time, this is a very serious exercise in surviving boredom. Songs spring out of no where and further prolong this frightful affair. Sanjay Dutt and Govinda somehow do not recreate the chemistry that they shared in Haseena Maan Jayegi, primarily because this is a cliched and badly written film. Govinda’s forte is comedy and he is a master of it but he is unable to inject much into this lame duck of a film. In fact, his Punjabi accent is jarring and apart from the odd bit of spark, he is not in top form.
Sanjay is also reasonable at comedy but the material lets him down. Twinkle Khanna is there for four songs, looks decidedly lost and is an absolutely dreadful actress. Monika Bedi, essentially a B starlet, is a complete waste of time and one wonders how she even made it to this bracket at all. She has neither the looks, the talent nor the personality to be anything other than a bimbo. Music is poor and if we must see Govinda dance, should he not try to rid himself of the tyres around his waist which wobble away and are a sight for sore eyes. Dhawan needs to have a major rethink about the kind of films that he wants to make. I wonder if this was meant to be a send up of Sholay in some respects. The main characters are Veeru and Jai. They are both small time crooks. They both intend to rob Rai Bahadur before their consciences force them to “do the right thing”. Rai Bahadur’s daughter, although no brooding widow, falls for one of the thieves. We even have reference made in the film to how he came looking like Gabbar singh but left looking like Asrani in Sholay.
Hmmn. I actually doubt that Dhawan or the writers have the intelligence of making that connection but you must agree, the coincidences are remarkable. On the off chance that this was a spoof of some kind, then it is a joke that has misfired completely. One to avoid.