Aimed squarely at a teenage demographic and the needy adolescent within all of us, Indra Kumar’s Grand Masti is exactly what it promises to be. No double entendre is left unused, no body part unmolested and no pop- culture reference forgotten in this smutty sequel to the 2004 movie Masti. Amar (Riteish Deshmukh), Prem (Aftab Shivdasani) and Meet (Vivek Oberoi) flee domesticity and arid sex lives and head to a college reunion in the hope of a dirty weekend. Their eyes light up—and other unmentionable organs act up—when they fall in with three women who will prove to be their undoing.
So far, so old-fashioned sexist, but in this cross between the Carry On and American Pie series, arousal and anxiety are overlapping states, coitus is always interruptus, and there are several and severe attacks on manhood. One of the biggest challenges facing the men is the college principal (Pradip Singh Rawat), who has imposed a Taliban-style ban on romantic activity on the campus by threatening to castrate offending male students. The ever-present prospect of being chopped down to size nearly balances the offence doled out by such comments as “Talking of rape, where is my wife?”
Like a government-issued form, every action in Grand Masti unfolds in triplicate. If you can’t laugh with the 135-minute movie, at least you will laugh at the deafeningly loud acting by the men, who are as stereotypically dim-witted as the women are stereotypically sexualized. Deshmukh fares the best since he has been scrunching up his face and addressing the needs of his nether regions for quite some time now, including in Masti (2004) and Kyaa Kool Hai Hum (2005). The politically incorrect jokes about morality, family and hypocrisy—Amar despises his son, the principal has ulterior motives for his moral crusade—are purely for extracting laughs, and there is no danger of Grand Masti venturing into subversive territory, but at least it does firmly declare that sex is all you need in order to maintain your equilibrium. A comedy or a great Indian tragedy? You decide.
Grand Masti released in theatres on Friday.