Two conmen – Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgan – try to prove their supremacy over each other while making fools of people they interact with. Read the full review of Rascals to find out more.

Rascals Review
Rascals Review

Business rating: 1.5/5 stars

Star cast: Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgan, Kangna Ranaut, Lisa Haydon, Chunky Panday, Satish Kaushik, Arjun Rampal.

What’s Good: A few comic scenes; the Shake it saiyyan song.

What’s Bad: Lack of a cohesive story; hotch-potch screenplay; irritating dialogues.

Verdict: Rascals is a poor comedy which will fail to make its mark.

Loo break: Not really.

Watch or Not?: Watch Rascals if you can laugh at just about anything.

Sanjay Dutt Productions Pvt. Ltd. and Rupali Aum Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.’s Rascals (UA) is a comedy about two rascals – Chetan Chouhan (Sanjay Dutt) and Bhagat Bhosale (Ajay Devgan). They meet in a chance encounter on a flight to Bangkok, unaware that both of them have, independently of each other, duped the same Anthony Gonsalves (Arjun Rampal in a friendly appearance) on the same day in India. Since both are conmen, their game of one-upmanship goes on in Bangkok. Bhagat has booked a room in a posh hotel of Bangkok, where he has decided to spend days and nights having fun with Dolly (Lisa Haydon). However, Chetan beats Bhagat to it and checks in into the hotel, impersonating Bhagat. Soon, Chetan and Bhagat meet Khushi (Kangna Ranaut) in the hotel and both of them try to woo her. Khushi sometimes gets very close to Chetan and at other times, to Bhagat. While Chetan fools Khushi by posing as an instructor of ‘The art of giving’, Bhagat pretends to be blind, having lost his eyesight while fighting in a war as a naval officer. All along, each of them keeps pouncing upon Khushi and weaning her away from the other in a bid to win her loyalty.

In one such game of one-upmanship, Chetan damages the brakes of Bhagat’s motorcycle because of which the latter meets with an accident. Bhagat uses the opportunity to pretend that he has got his vision back, thanks to the accident. Not the one to give up easily, Chetan now plots to embarrass Bhagat in front of Khushi by getting him to attend a Navy Ball night in the hotel, where his fake identity of a naval officer would be exposed by the real naval officers. But Bhagat manages to save his skin there too.

Finally, Khushi announces her decision to marry both, Chetan and Bhagat. What happens thereafter? Do Chetan and Bhagat become friends? Who is Khushi in reality? What about Anthony Gonsalves whose briefcase containing cash had been stolen by Bhagat and whose imported car, by Chetan?

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Rascals Review: Script Analysis

The film does not have a cohesive story and is rather an assemblage of comic scenes which seem to have been randomly thrown together. Yunus Sajawal’s screenplay is poor in the absence of a solid plot. After all, it is difficult to keep the audience engaged for more than two hours merely on the strength of scenes which are otherwise unrelated but are sought to be related in a hotch-potch screenplay. While some comic scenes are funny and evoke laughter, there are others which fall flat. What’s worse still is that the comedy is so loud and so underlined that the effort to make the viewer laugh shows more than the humour. Both, Chetan and Bhagat, pull and snatch Khushi from each other as if she were a sack, not a girl. In other words, even a blind girl would realise that something is amiss by sensing the sheer behaviour of the two guys. For, Chetan and Bhagat behave as if Khushi were the only girl on planet Earth. Even that would’ve been acceptable had the comedy been funny and evoking laughter but since many of the comic scenes fail to even get a smile on the viewer’s face, leave alone elicit laughter, the overtly loud scenes get on the audience’s nerves. Instances of comic scenes not having the desired effect on the audience are aplenty. For instance, the scene in which Chetan impersonates Bhagat on landing at the hotel in Bangkok; the scene in which Bhagat sees Chetan teaching Khushi yoga; the scene in which Chetan narrowly misses getting exposed at the Naval Ball; the scene in which Anthony Gonsalves and his mother brag about their capabilities; and many more. Even the revelations in the climax don’t have the shock value they ought to have had. Dialogues, penned by Sanjay Chhel, are irritating most of the times because comedy is sought to be created by tukk-bandi (rhyming words, most of the time forced to create humour).

Rascals Review: Star Performances

Sanjay Dutt does an ordinary job. He looks too stocky to play the hero, that too, someone who is trying to woo a girl. Ajay Devgan tries his best to rise above the script but fails. He is fairly good. Kangna Ranaut plays the dumb damsel, as required. Lisa Haydon is alright. Satish Kaushik delivers an average performance. Chunky Panday acts ably. Arjun Rampal makes his presence felt in a friendly appearance. Hiten Paintal hardly gets any scope. Mushtaq Khan is okay. Bharti Achrekar passes muster.

Rascals Review: Direction & Music

David Dhawan’s direction does precious little to lift the film from the level of mediocrity. His narration, in short, is disappointing. Vishal-Shekhar’s music compositions seem to be a job hurriedly done. The Shake it saiyyan song is a good number but the other songs are okay. The absence of hit music is sorely felt. Song picturisations (Bosco-Caesar) are ordinary. Lyrics, by Irshad Kamil and Anvita Dutt, are okay. Vikas Sivaraman’s cinematography is fair. Stunts (Mahendra Verma) are functional. Editing (Nitin Rokade) is sharp. Production values are of a good standard.

Rascals Review: Komal Nahta’s Verdict

On the whole, Rascals is not half as funny as is should’ve been. It will, therefore, fail to make its mark at the box-office and, in the process, entail losses to most of its distributors.

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

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52 COMMENTS

  1. Whenever Sanju and Ajay come together they creat enothing but sheer disappointment!!..This one is just the same…………..

  2. As i told everyone that Rascals would be a flop movie……now its in front of everyone hahahaha…Ajay chala tha Aamir se panga lene..Ajay abi bcha hai in front of Aamir khan………Rascals ka ye hal hoa hai ab dekhna Tezz k sath b yhi hoga just wait n watch…..

  3. One of d worst i ever saw….
    Now a days what happening every1 thinks dat they r like Salman Khan and anything would sell under their name.
    See what happens to “Tees Maar khan”…
    Same will happen to Rascals..
    There is only Salman Khan in dis world !!!

  4. i watched Rascals , not a very good movie but certainly not disappointing . * rating should be better than 1.5 as rated by Nahta.
    its also surprising when someone gives 4.5/5 to body guard

  5. i hav Wathed dabang, bodyguard, singham,force & rascals bt i think story keval FORCE,dabang aur singham ke paas hi thi.
    Aur jis din salman ne action+comedy chhodi wo problem mein aa jayega. John me aage ki possiblity hai, ajay se achha comedian actor ho nahi sakta.

  6. rascals is not very good movie given by david dhavan so, just wait for his son rohit dhavan’s first movie DESI BOYZ . ……

    AKKI ROCKZZZZZZ

  7. dude! Bodyguard is an all time blockbuster. Grossed more than 237Crores Worldwide. You cannot compare Bodyguard with Rascals.
    The critics do write -ves. But it depends on the audience. Why is that Rascals took an ordinary start? You cannot blame the review because review was published in the afternoon.
    Its the audience who decide whether to watch or not.
    For an instant if we take your point with regards to bodyguard,the reviews where published in the evening. For your info,Bodyguard was given a -ve review apart from Taran and Komal, but what happened? Why did the audience kept flocking to the theatres all week even after seeing the critics?Same thing happened with Ready(Lots of mixed reaction),but the verdict is clear my friend.
    Therefore don’t read the reviews ,just go and watch.
    Take the majority of the reviews or User reviews and then watch.

  8. I have seen RASCALS .its a fantastic movie.full time pass.go guys and have fun.I think mr komal nahta should stop writing reviews.hardly his ratings match the audience choice.according to me RASCALS rating is ****

  9. this is a supb movie,if U love comedy movie then watch it.this movie is full of comedy + ajay devgan is rocking again…..my rating (3+1/2)

  10. how komal is give 1.5 for this funny movie,i think this go mad. Now come on movie this is fully time pass movie, ajay comic timing is best on bollywood,rascals rocks.,.,..

  11. Awesome movie. AJAY’s comic timing is superb and entertaining. He has done marvelous and awesome job in this movie. This is the movie made for everyone. So everyone must go and watch this movie. My rating for this movie is 4.5.

  12. salman khan is salman khan he is the hunk of bollywood nobody can be lik mim he is reall bodyguard …..he is a reall khan

  13. Ajay got 2 national awards honey kasif don’t behave like child joh is tarah se actor ko actor se compare kar rahe hon. every actor has their own way to do acting, and don’t be jealous while writing comments on such sites. maybe you are the biggest fan of amir khan but it does not mean Ajay is less than amir khan

  14. Better watch soundtrack! Don’t go on business rating of Komal Nahata, its just business rating, movie rating from my side is 3.5

  15. Rascals is a funtastic movie!!!! Extremely hilarious.
    It is disappointing that critics rate it so low… they have not received money I believe…..

  16. mujhey meray paisay do dus goona Jo iss movies ko accha keh rahey hai unhey paisey diye gaye hai , mainey dekhi aur merey pay kya beeti mujhey maalum , Are we fools , filling their pockets watching such crap, making them RICH , and they fooling us r we so dumb and they r taking benefit of it.i feel myself dumb too What a bad movie , I wasted my rs 40 , sanjay dutt should pay me to watch this movie, I want my money back triple for giving me such torch-er, so bad comedy , it is forced , unfunny comedy for not more then 3 years children s, These Celebrities think that they will make whatever and make money by fooling people , watch this movie if you r actor in Rascal , or want to waste your money , mind , time your common sense , don’t watch if u get free tickets, if you get ticket give it to your biggest enemy ghisey pitay comedy dialogs , faltu comedy , mujhey ghussa aa raha hai , many of them were waiting movie to end , but it never ends.many people where angry there in theater , I regret so much, even if I watched this movie for rs 40 I still feel I wasted so much money on this , time and my brain because of these torture they should pay us rs 400 to watch these movie , some where spitting on screen and some one was going to P I S S. on the screen because of the torture that movie gave but others stopped him , I have better stayed at home and watched taarak mehta or other comedy serial better then spending so much money , or have spend time with friends , or see force or shaib biwi or gangster, SOUNDTRACK and Real steel are awesome paisa vasool and more fun movie.

  17. i hv seen Rascal….really one of the worst movie ..total waste of money…. sanju baba and Ajay devgan should look into the mirror … they are superb in action ..but not in comedy like this… everything looks like JUST DO THIS SOMEHOW for producer,director and music… could not sit till end… don’t waste your money…

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