The romantic comedy Son Of Sardaar — presented by joined collaboration of Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Eros International, Ajay Devgn Films, and YRV Infra Media — opened in theaters November 13, 2012. The Ajay Devgn, Sunjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha and Juhi Chawla starrer, despite its huge budget, managed to earn only two stars from author, journalist and film critic Anupama Chopra.
According to Chopra, the film was “exhausting, painfully loud and way too long, with too few laughs”, reports the Hindustan Times.
The Ashwni Dhir direction is an adaptation of Buster Keaton’s directed, 1923 delightful comedy, Our Hospitality, about a multi-generational family feud. The plot revolves around the last descendent of one family, who returns to his native village after many years. The rival family wants to kill him but they have a rule about not harming house guests. So as long as he is in their house, he’s safe.
Chopra considers the movie one of those high-decibels, low-IQ masala movies that hit the screen every few months. These aren’t so much as series of running gags, interspersed with action sequences, instantly forgettable songs and nonsensical dialogues.
Chopra says, “Ajay Devgn as the buffoonish and burly Jassi has some moments of genuine comedy, but Sanjay Dutt, playing the ferocious Billu Paaji, is just large and lumbering. The one bright spot here is Juhi Chawla as Billu Paaji’s mooh-boli biwi — she sparkles in every scene she has.”
Published in The Express Tribune, November 19th, 2012.