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Badmaash Company (2010)

Written By Awir Aditya on Saturday, May 8, 2010 | 9:40 AM

Genre: Crime/Drama/Romance

Starring: Shahid Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Meiyang Chang, Vir Das, Pawan Malhotra

Mumbai, oops, Bombay, 1994. A genius boy with big ambitions but no money. The boy is young Karan Kapoor (Kapoor) who has all the brains and doesn't want to do a respectful but low-paying job like his father. Instead he has big plans, huge ones. He takes help from his friends Zing (Chang), Chandu (Das) and Bulbul (Sharma) and they start exploiting loopholes in government policies to make easy money. Their first venture involved importing Reebok shoes which attracted heavy import duties. He purposely imported all the left legs at one port and the right legs at another but did not accept the consignments by terming them as faulty. The goods eventually gets auctioned by the customs where no one demands for single shoes and they pick them dirt cheap. Everything legitimate but with no duties. With liberalisation taking place, all their doors in India get closed and they head for USA, where Karan's uncle, Jazz Mama (Malhotra) helps them. They swiftly start duping people once again using their old techniques and start getting accustomed to the life of the rich and famous. As usual, ego and greed gets into the way of friendship which slowly starts souring steadily over a period of time. It was a fairly good attempt at making a heist movie but the attempt was half-hearted. A predictable plot and the movie lacked certain features which made it feel incomplete. It somehow seems a little awkward when a movie goes the extra step by explaining the plot to the audience using narrations. Such movies are best left to the audience to interpret and understand. The average urban audience might like it but this one is not for the movie buff.

Thumbs up: Amazing con-tricks
Thumbs down: Seems incomplete and lacks finesse

Rating: 5.5/10
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