Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol and Shreyas Talpade starrer Poster Boys hit screens today (September 8), just a week after Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar’s Shubh Mangal Saavdhaan (September 1). Both the films promised to deal with two very important and relevant issues. While last week’s release talked about erectile dysfunction, Poster Boys aimed at shedding light at vasectomy, it’s myths and misapprehensions.
After Shubh Mangal Saavdhaan failed to give stress related erectile dysfunction in today’s urban youth the focus it deserved, I had my skepticism attached to Poster Boys. I really hoped that the film doesn’t reduce the issue of ‘male sterilization as a method for birth control’ into a mere joke. Did Poster Boys do justice to a strong subject of vasectomy / Nasbandi while being entertaining? Read my review… ALSO READ: Why I Hope Poster Boys Doesn’t End Up Being Shubh Mangal Saavdhan Part 2
What’s it about?
Jaagavar Chaudhary (Sunny Deol) – a retired army man, Vinay Sharma (Bobby Deol) – a school teacher, Arjun Singh (Shreyas Talpade) – a recovery agent, all hail from a small town, Jangheti. They lead normal, happy lives when a poster with the three of them makes them the butt of all jokes in the village. The ‘Poster Boys’ find them on a poster propagating Vasectomy and this wins them continuous humiliation and hatred from family and friends. Their harmonious family life is threatened and the high stakes force them to come together to prove to the world that they haven’t got their vasectomy done and are still the real ‘mard’ that they have always been. In the course of finding justice and proving their innocence (yes, getting vasectomy done is seen as a crime in our society due to the narrow, ignorant mindsets) they have to battle the corruption and loopholes in the way the government works. From the lowest agency to the most powerful office – Poster Boys will have to go past them all to find a way out.
The screenplay by Bunty Rathore and Paritosh Painter, and story by Sameer Patil is the winner here all the way. These are further complemented by flawless direction and convincing performances by the three lead cast members. It is refreshing to see Sunny Deol in a non ‘too angry to break your bones’ avatar. He will remind you of his endearing character from Gadar: Ek Prem Katha. Bobby on the other hand is a delight with his comic timing. Shreyas makes a successful directorial debut and his expressions and reactions to situations are enough to make you laugh your heart out. Special mention to Ashwini Kalsekar who plays a gynecologist in the film. She has a small part but throughout those few minutes, she will make you laugh uncontrollably.
Poster Boys is a comedy of errors at its heart but it had ambitiously taken up the topic of vasectomy to make it more socially relevant. Thankfully, while there are ample jokes on the subject and the awkward situations the Poster Boys have to face are done in a lighthearted manner, the film never plays the issue down. In fact, there are scenes where there is a subtle nudge at the myths and taboos related to vasectomy.
For example, while we have some characters who don’t want to say Nasbandi the way it is, we also have Sunny, Bobby and Shreyas’ characters talking about it openly. ‘A man becomes weak post the vasectomy surgery; he is not a man anymore as he looses his manhood; he can never have sex after the surgery; it is something to be ashamed about or will bring a bad name to the family’ are just some of the misconceptions stopping Indian men and women from opting for vasectomy as a method for birth control. Poster Boys shuns all these taboos, myths and misapprehensions in a fun and entertaining manner. It doesn’t get crass or preachy while doing so. ALSO READ: Daddy Movie Review: Arjun Rampal’s Film Misses A Few Shots From Hitting The Bull’s Eye
Watch the official trailer of Poster Boys here
Some jokes are too juvenile and repetitive and should have been avoided completely. But I guess it is Shreyas’ slapstick sensibilities, thanks to Golmaal to blame here. That said, some situations are so silly that they end up being funny and making you LOL. I haven’t laughed this much while watching a film in a long time, at least not this year. And that brings me to the next section of this review – Should you watch Poster Boys or Not?
What to do?
Watch it with friends for some serious laughs or with family for a fun and entertaining experience. Also, to learn about just another easy way to make India a better place.
India.com rating: 3.5 stars