In 2004, Masti brought all the understated seven-year-itch-jokes to the big screen. The premise for the movie was one that most Indian men (and women) are familiar with- as soon as marital bliss fades; husbands’ eyes start to wander.
The movie poked fun at how Indian women’s “wife mode” could be fatal for their relationship and the war of the sexes plotline was still not hardcore enough for the movie to labeled an out and out sex comedy. This Friday, September 13, 2013, the team from Masti reunited on the big screen for the sequel to the film in Grand Masti.
The male leads from the first film return in Grand Masti with Vivek Oberoi, Aftab Shivdasani and Riteish Deshmukh reprising their roles from the first film.
At the end of the first film, the men were shown to have made amends for the sex wandering ways and reunited with the devoted wives. Grand Masti opens at a stage where the men’s marital life is still stable though they are invited to a reunion at their college.
The college is named Shree Lalchand University of Technology and Science which unsurprisingly shortens into “SLUTS” and the inspiration from Hollywood movie American Reunion becomes all the more obvious. The plot of the movie shows the trio encountering a dangerous situation though it never really loses the crude humor.
Since Vivek Oberoi and Aftab Shivdasani haven’t had too many main screen appearances since Masti in 2004, the rustiness in their performance is quit obvious.
Riteish Deshmukh, however, brings his sex-com experience to the ensemble cast and pretty much carries the movie on his own. While the movie is sure to get plenty of laughs from married men and women that identified with the first film, we’re not quite sure it would evoke a second look from younger audiences that have sensitive movies like Sixteen as options.
“Grand Masti” box-office collections report:
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted on day 1 collections: “#GrandMasti *early trends* suggest 12.5 cr start on Friday… A grand start indeed… Expecting weekend to be in 37 cr to 40 cr range.”
On day 2, Saturday, according to early estimates, the collections were at Rs. 13.5 crores. Total: Rs 26 crores in two days. The movie is clearly heading towards a Rs 40 crore plus weekend.
The movie has done well overseas too. Friday it collected £21000 in U.K and $51000 in the United States.
The movie collected Rs. 14.46 crores on Sunday and Rs 7.50 crore on Monday making a grand total of Rs 47.68 crore.
Shahrukh Khan’s “Chennai Express” is at the number one spot this year with collections of Rs 33.12 crores on day 1. Ranbir-Deepika starrer “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani” collected Rs 19.45 on first day. The 3rd spot goes to “Race 2″ which garnered Rs. 15.12 crores.