Planning to watch The Shaukeens this week? Read our review to find out if it's worth your money
The Shaukeens is the story of three lecherous old men Pinky (Piyush Mishra) Lali (Anupam Kher) and KD (Annu Kapoor) wanting to revisit their youth and figure out a way to get laid without being labelled as tharki buddhas. Of course the deed isn't that easy and when getting access to a girl in India becomes tough they take their hunt to the exotic shores of Mauritius where they meet Ahana (Lisa Haydon).
Ahana is heartbroken over her boyfriend leaving her for another woman and is on the verge of committing suicide until she happens to accidentally see Akshay Kumar who plays himself in front of her. From there the story takes a funny turn and we watch how these three old men in an attempt to impress Ahana and bed her try to use the Akshay Kumar card to promise her photo and dinner ops with him.
Performances don't seem forced with Anupam Kher and Annu Kapoor leading the way and making their characters stand out. Lisa looks pretty and provides the glamor quotient. Her scene towards the end credits where she's trying to be a typical Indian actress is quite funny. But the highlight of the film is Akshay Kumar who does a fantastic job of playing up to the gallery and letting the audience laugh at his expense.
The best portions are the ones that have inside industry jokes about a director celebrating another actors film tanking or an art house Bengali director wanting to make a film with Akshay. These are the moments that make the film likeable. The Manali Trance and Alcoholic track are addictive.
Watch The Shaukeens if you want to see another side of Akshay Kumar and enjoy a few chuckles along the way. Also do watch out for funny cameos by Suniel Shetty, Dimple Kapadia, Abhishek Bachchan and Kareena Kapoor.
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3.5 out of 5