Desi Boyz marks the debut of Rohit Dhawan, son of veteran director David Dhawan who is know for his over-the-top slapstick comedies. The film also reunites the ‘Garam Masala’ pair of Akshay Kumar and John Abraham. They have two gorgeous ladies, Deepika Padukone and Chitrangada Sen, for company.
Story: Desi Boyz is about Jerry (Akshay) and Nick (John), who are two of the many victims of global recession. Jerry is responsible for the upbringing of his orphan nephew and Nick has to maintain his girlfriend Radhika (Deepika). Burdened with responsibilities, the cash-strapped duo opt for the world’s oldest profession and turn into male escorts.
Desi Boyz Review
First let’s talk about what not to expect from Desi Boyz. The film has absolutely no storyline, the characters are poorly etched and the climax is poor.
On the positive side, Desi Boyz is a decent one-time watch. Rohit Dhawan’s approach is very different from his father and it’s evident right from scene one; he doesn’t let his actor’s go over-the-top, the placement of songs is much better and he even manages to extract a good performance out of John Abraham!
The first half is good, the second half slow and boring. The film has no story, but Rohit has included enough in the screenplay to keep the audience interested.
Coming to the performances, Akshay Kumar sleep-walks though his role. He has played similar characters a million times before and like always he get’s his comic timing right. John Abraham is a revelation. This has to be one of his better performances in a long time. He looked clueless in Garam Masala, but the chemistry that he shares with Akshay is excellent in Desi Boyz.
Deepika Padukone looks great and acts well. Chitrangada Singh’s character was a major let down, she only makes an appearance after interval!
Overall, Desi Boyz is a fun film. A better second half would have done wonder, but for a first-timer, Rohit Dhawan shows a lot of promise.