Movie Review – The Shaukeens
Rarely one gets to see a film that dares to be different but is also self-contradictory at the same time. The Shau-keens, a remake of the 1982 film Shaukeen, celebrates life in all its ‘sexual’ glory, especially womanhood, but also lingers around borderline vulgarity. Three men in their 60s lusting after a girl young enough to be their daughter, looks and sounds good in a film, after all it’s completely fine to celebrate the female form and may be even objectify a little (remember it’s showbiz). But the film threatens to cross the limit many a times. Thankfully, it doesn’t.
Characterization is one of the strongest points of the film. Apart from the ‘intense sexual desire’ shared by the three lead actors Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor and Piyush Mishra, they have their own individuality, story and cynicism. Lisa Haydon who plays their object of interest (to put it diplomatically) calls herself an ‘earth child’ and having gypsy blood in her. And one couldn’t agree more to that. She plays her role with a sophisticated demeanor and there is an expression/adaa even in the way she twirls her skirt. Anybody else in her place would have looked cheap but she carries her risqué outfits with a lot of dignity.
Akshay Kumar plays the second lead in his own film (he is also one of the producers). That is to say the film is all about Akshay Kumar; his career and his effect upon his fans. He is also the twist in the tale.
The Shaukeens is an out of the box film (by commercial Bollywood standards) where Akshay Kumar laughs at himself and for once lets the aged veteran actors take the centre stage; the film is worth watching just for that.