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The mood outside the theatre was electric. And the credits were greeted with claps and wolf whistles. With a combination of Amitabh, Govinda and David Dhawan, people knew what to expect - an uproarious comedy.But unfortunately, the film falls short of expectations. It does generate laughter, but with a cast like this, Dhawan and scriptwriter Rumi Jaffery could have done better.
Dhawan starts from where he left off in Aankhen - double roles, mix-ups and misunderstandings galore. To this he adds bits and pieces of Gulzar's Angoor. He has taken no chances and uses every single trick in the book - a guest appearance by Madhuri Dixit playing herself, one by Kader Khan, again in a double role. And a cameo appearance by Asrani that harks back to Sholay.

The plot has nothing new to offer. Two cops Arjun Singh (Amitabh) and Pyare Mohan (Govinda) are constantly at loggerheads as Arjun Singh tries to keep Pyare away from his sister played by Raveena Tandon. Together with the commissioner, played by Anupam Kher, they try to nab Paresh Rawal, a crazy criminal who in a fit of frenzy shoots down a witness to his crime. The witness to this murder is Ramya, who is given protection by Arjun Singh, who pretends to be Pyare Mohan, for no other reason but to create mix-ups and keep the plot moving.

Things get out of hand with the sudden appearance of Bade Miyan and Chote Miyan, two thieves who are mirror images of the cops. Everytime they commit a crime, it is the cops who are taken to task. It takes a typical Hindi film climax, with all the cliched ingredients like - kidnapping of the sister, a song in which the villain and his henchmen are given pan masala laced with drugs, lots of fights and gunshots - to resolve the situation.

The music by Viju Shah makes up in beats and rhythm what it lacks in melody, and goes with the mood of the film. The screenplay by Rumi Jaffery is sketchy. Cinematography by K.S.Prakash Rao is average. Director David Dhawan manages to hold viewers' attention through a series of gags and punches.

As for performances, Raveena and Ramiya are only there to provide the romantic interest, and the song and dance routine. Amitabh is good and tries to match Govinda in his comic capers. But he lacks the old magic. In the end, the show belongs to Govinda. His timing is perfect. He delivers a brilliant performance and practically carries the film on his shoulders. To quote the lyrics from the song - Bade miyan to bade miyan, chhote miyan subhanallah!

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