Sunday, 5 January 2014

Film Review - Mr. Joe B. Carvalho

Thanks, But No Thanks

Film: Mr. Joe B. Carvalho
Cast: Arshad Warsi, Javed Jaffery, Soha Ali Khan
Directed by: Samir Tiwari
Duration: 2 hrs 10 mins
Rating: * 1 / 2

Mr. Joe B. Carvalho is one of those mind numbing movies made for those with an I.Q of a single digit. A bumbling detective can actually make for a few laughs and more as we have seen in the case of Inspector Jacques Clouseau but this Carvalho is anything but funny.

To say that the plot is hare brained would actually be praising it. Arshad Warsi plays a detective who lives with his rather fashionable mother who happens to be blind. She keeps tripping over all the time in some not so funny slapstick humor. Soha Ali Khan is a Chulbul Pandey like police inspector and his ex-girlfriend, who is hot on the chase of an international terrorist Carlos (Javed Jaffery, the only silver lining in the dark cloud) who can disguise himself as a blonde or as a bai. “Maut, potti aur Carlos kahin bhi aa sakte hain” he says introducing himself.

What could have been a genuinely funny film with spoofs ends up being a nonsensical slapstick comedy. Javed Jaffery tries salvage the situation and occasionally makes you chuckle. Arshad Warsi looks least bit interested and just goes through the motions, much like Soha Ali Khan. But when you see good old Ranjeet play a frisky man who ‘feels’ the detectives hands, you know that the film maker was desperately short of ideas.

Published in The Navhind Times

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