Two friends, Akshay Kumar and John Abraham, find themselves jobless due to the economic downturn. To tide over the difficult times and to fulfil the dreams of their loved ones, they turn to the oldest profession in the world. What happens then? Read the review of Desi Boyz for more.

Business rating: 3.5 / 5 stars

John Abraham, Deepika Padukone, Akshay Kumar in Desi Boyz Movie Review
John Abraham, Deepika Padukone, Akshay Kumar in Desi Boyz Movie Review

Star cast:Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Deepika Padukone, Chitrangada Singh, Sanjay Dutt, Anupam Kher, Omi Vaidya.

What’s Good: Performances; several comic punches; the music.

What’s Bad: Emotional scenes are a bit hurried; some scenes are repetitive in the second half; climax looks a bit incomplete.

Verdict:Desi Boyz is a feel good entertainer.

Loo break: None.

Watch or Not?: Watch Desi Boyz for the music, comedy and performances.

Eros International’s Desi Boyz (A) is the story of two friends, Jerry alias Jignesh Patel (Akshay Kumar) and Nick Mathur (John Abraham), who live in London and who are hit hard by recession. Jerry does odd jobs for a living as he is an undergraduate but Nick has a white-collar job. However, both find themselves jobless due to the economic downturn. Jerry has a little, school-going nephew (Master Virej Desai) to look after as the child has lost both his parents. Nick is to marry his girlfriend, Radhika Awasthi (Deepika Padukone), who dreams of a lovely wedding, a great honeymoon and a wonderful house to live in after marriage.

Out of job, Jerry finds it difficult to even pay the school fees of his nephew because of which the government is on the verge of giving the custody of his nephew to a foster family. Nick fears, he won’t be able to fulfil the dreams of his to-be wife. It is to tide over the difficult times that Jerry and Nick turn to the oldest profession in the world. They become male escorts, fulfilling the costume fantasies of girls and ladies. Ironically, Jerry can’t ultimately prevent his nephew from being sent to a foster home; and Nick loses Radhika when she learns of what he has been up to while she is away in India. Frustrated, Nick blames Jerry for forcing him into the profession and asks him to move out of his house and life.

Nick now tries hard to win Radhika back and help comes from the most unlikely source – Radhika’s father (Anupam Kher) who has come to London with her. Meanwhile, Jerry registers in college again to complete his graduation so that he can earn enough money to get his nephew back home. In college, Jerry meets Tanya Sharma (Chitrangada Singh) who used to be his over-sized classmate and is now a hot and a sexy professor in the same college. Sparks fly between Jerry and Tanya.

What happens thereafter? Is Jerry able to pass his examinations and get a degree? Does he get a job? Does Radhika forgive Nick? Or does she settle down with Ajay (Omi Vaidya), a lawyer-friend of hers? And what about Jerry’s nephew – does he unite with Jerry?John Abraham, Akshay Kumar in Desi Boyz Movie Review

Desi Boyz Review: Script Analysis

The story, penned by Rohit Dhawan, is quite fresh as topics such as recession and friendship have not been used the way they have been in this film. Also, the two main male protagonists of the drama turning to the profession of male escorting is a new twist in the tale. Rohit Dhawan and Milap Zaveri’s screenplay is also fresh and moves at a fast pace most of the times. The best part of the screenplay is that it treats the subject of recession, break-up of friendship, heartbreak, and family drama in a light-hearted manner and keeps the audience entertained throughout. Perhaps, the only two places where the screenplay is found wanting are the portions when Nick is trying to woo Radhika back and in the emotional drama of Jerry and his nephew. The track of Nick trying to make up with Radhika gets a bit repetitive till Ajay arrives on the scene (which portion is really interesting).The emotional impact of Jerry and his nephew’s separation and the scenes of the nephew in the foster home should’ve been far greater and dramatic. The climax looks a bit incomplete.  However, in spite of these shortcomings, the fact remains that the drama is engaging and entertaining. Comedy evokes laughter at many places. In particular, the track of the owner of the Desi Boyz Club (Sanjay Dutt), the sequences of Ajay and Radhika and then in the court, the sequence of Jignesh’s mother (Bharti Achrekar) and the sequence of the job interview of Jerry after his graduation and how he embarrasses the boss (Satish Kaushik) in the interview are highlights. Dialogues, written Renuka Kunzru, are excellent.

Desi Boyz Review: Star Performances

Akshay Kumar, known for his fantastic sense of comic timing, does remarkably well in the comic role. He is also suitably restrained in the emotional scenes. This film will help him resurrect himself after his recent spate of flops and average grossers (except Housefull). His dances are delightful. John Abraham spring a pleasant surprise with a free-spirited performance. He has improved tremendously in comedy. He is also quite free in dances. Deepika Padukone looks glamorous, exudes sex appeal and acts with effortless ease. Chitrangada Singh is another surprise, having made a confident and smooth transition from art to commercial cinema. She looks sexy and acts well. Sanjay Dutt is a highlight and leaves a mark whenever he comes. The background music which accompanies his arrival is a masterstroke. Omi Vaidya is just too cute and delivers a wonderful performance. Master Virej Desai is lovable. Anupam Kher entertains with a natural performance. His dialogue about getting ambitious is interesting and enjoyable. Mohnish Bahl leaves a mark for his dignified acting. Bharti Achrekar is extraordinary and makes her presence wonderfully felt. Satish Kaushik is very good. Suparna Marwah is nice as the judge.

Desi Boyz Review: Direction & Music

Rohit Dhawan makes a confident debut as director. He knows the art and craft of filmmaking and credit to him for extracting good performances from his cast and also not letting the drama dip in entertainment value. He, however, needs to treat emotional scenes with a little more dexterity. Pritam’s music is a major plus point. All the songs are delightful. The title track is the best number. Subah hone na de, Allah maaf kare and Jhak maar ke are also entertaining songs. Let it be appeals in its own way. Lyrics (Kumaar, Irshad Kamil and Amitabh Bhattacharya) go well with the mood of the film. Song picturisations are very eye-filling, thanks to Bosco-Caesar’s choreography. Nataraja Subramanian’s camerawork is splendid. The foreign locations and the actors have all looked beautiful. Sets, erected by Sukant Panigrahi and Helen Jones, are lovely. Production values are rich. Technical aspects are of a high standard.

Desi Boyz Review: Komal Nahta’s Verdict

On the whole, Desi Boyz is an enjoyable entertainer which will keep its producers, distributors and exhibitors happy. Its business in the bigger cities will be better.

Desi Boyz  Trailer

Komal Nahta, the Editor of, is Bollywood’s most trusted trade analyst & film reviewer. You can follow him on Twitter and check out his Video Blog.

Reviews by Komal Nahta

Rockstar Review

Damadamm! Review

Tell Me O Kkhuda Review

Ra.One Review



  1. rohit dhawan is a good director john has acted superb …….

    last but not the least AKKI ROCKZZZ desi boyz it a big hit…


  2. hit hai boss..tarun ardarsh don’t even know what audience wants he himself don’t know what is entertaining..i do have one suggestion go to third grade Hindi movie and give review it suit you.and may be you will get the right point. don’t wanna read your review any more .

  3. Really a good entertainer enjoyed the film lot…go for it John is sweet and his acting has grown up actresses were decent,music brilliant, Rohit is an asset n above all Aksay has given memorable performance once again….THANK U EROS

  4. Don 2 is gona be flop coz sharukh khan is not capable of action movies. Desi boys will be a hit . Akshay gonna prove one more time with desi boys and other lined up movies rowdy rathore, housefull 2, ouatim 2 & joker.

  5. Akshay rocksss…he is the best desi boyz is fantastik but sharukh’s don2 will superflop because original DON is AMITABH BACHHAN.Akki is the sidhe sadhe akshay akshay.

  6. DON2 WILL BE THE BIGGEST BLOCKBUSTER OF 2011,,,mind it bloody gays of salman n amir families…some haters jealous,srf srk ki mov se problem hai u dont hav problem with TARAN adarsh giving ready, bodyguard n doobighaat 4.5stars?? all suxx boyz a decent watch but AKKI will roar loud with “ROWDY RATHORE” on 15june 2012

  7. this all haters r just salmans fans who abuse AJAY(singham), SRK(raone), john(force) aKSHAY(desiboyz)..they r just jealous..they can watch n tell ready ,itchguard is good but they cant digest SUCCESS OF some other actors narrow minded

  8. i think, as a sensible audience, I would say, it is MUST WATCH movie. Rohit dawan has brought everything in this movie. the movie has great music, great cinematography, and a great sense of acting from john, akki, and sanjay. couldn’t have been better than this. ENJOYED THOROUGHLY.
    Must watch. HANDS DOWN!

  9. Ra-1 vs Desi boyz,
    Don-2 vs Rowdi Rathore
    (?) vs Joker,
    (?) vs Housefull-2,
    (?) vs once upon-2,
    (?) vs khiladi-786,
    wht happen khan saab kaha kho gaye?
    srk! If u r king thn Akki is King maker…!!
    King of king…
    Akki rocks…!

  10. akshay is the king of bollywood …….he is the all times best actor in every of the year .aki je tusi great u khiladi king of luck

  11. What is good about any movie these days from Bollywood. Same old crap – rich, jobless guys having fun with some cute chick thrown in somewhere. Read the review on Indian Express. Don’t waste your time.

  12. akshay and john very very -9 great movie super i watch this movie you are a good desi boyzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
    ya ha asli rockstar movie

  13. Desi boyz has evrything to say heads off . performances are also very good by akshay and john,omi is unforgettable in his scenes, and in last how can we forget khalnayak and hero of this movie in true sense sanjay dutt, when when he camos he

  14. k ok akshay cooks, salman rocks, srk some times rocks and amir alwayys yes always mr perfect good quality , box office all time block busters.he is good in cooking idli vade sambar etc etc etc

  15. k ok akshay cooks, salman rocks, srk some times rocks and amir alwayys yes always mr perfect good quality , box office all time block busters.

  16. Desi Boys….Wat a Sexy Movie it was..!! John is smokin hot and akshay is cool…Both of them acted well… The movie is all Fun..John…muah…u r a ROCKSTAR…

  17. Honest performances, groovy music, fast-paced screenplay and great cinematography get a thumps up. Overall the movie is awesome, it’s a must watch.
    A refreshing change from the usual comedy, no slapstick comedy and yeah the desi boyz rocked

  18. I like Akshay’s performance, lookin fresh and balanced. Movie is entertaining, but I expected more. Rohit Dhawan ignored Akshay, he should give more chance to Akshay. Music is good with videos. All in all a good movie.

  19. good entertaining movie but dont know why its called an adult movie…..not a single kiss scene is in movie….movie make for whole family….1st half is better than 2nd…..subah hone na de is best number….