It lacks a cohesive screenplay, it lacks in entertainment and most importantly, the humour falls flat. NO PROBLEM is full of problems.
NO PROBLEM doesn’t have a smart plot, and the bigger problem is it doesn’t have those genuinely funny sequences and crackling dialogue either that you associate with the accomplished director’s films. Honestly, I never expect to watch a path-breaking story in his films, but I do expect them to deliver hearty laughs, which NO PROBLEM doesn’t. In the past, in films like NO ENTRY, WELCOME and SINGH IS KINNG, Bazmee had handled the multiple characters with aplomb, but the writing is so inconsistent this time that one has to actually struggle to stay attentive.
NO PROBLEM has an outrageous plot, exaggerated and overstated scenes, but unlike Bazmee’s previous films, this one tries too hard to make you laugh, but fails miserably. You expect the gags and punch lines to hit you from all directions and you also expect to break into guffaws, but barring a couple of scenes, which do bring a smile on your face, you just don’t react to the goings-on. In fact, the writing is the weakest link of the enterprise. It lacks in drama, it lacks in unadulterated humour and everything seems to fall into place too easily. It jumps from one sequence to another and often forgets what’s tackled before, in the previous sequence. The continuity jerks are evident at a number of places, frankly.
Bazmee is flogging the age-old formulas over and over again. It worked in the past because those films were rich as far as the entertainment quotient was concerned, but it doesn’t work this time around. The music is functional, with ‘Mast Punjabi’ being the most energetic track of the enterprise. Cinematography is eye-pleasing and the locales of South Africa are eye-filling.
Bazmee’s movies bestow its actors ample scope to push their comic boundaries, but NO PROBLEM doesn’t. Of the central cast, Sanju tries hard to carry off his part, Akshaye is just about okay, while Anil hits the right notes and Paresh, as always, stands out. He delivers in every sequence. Kangna is wasted, but Sushmita shows a flair for comedy. Suniel Shetty is as usual. Neetu Chandra doesn’t get much scope. Shakti Kapoor is funny. Baby Saloni is okay. As for Vijay Raaz, what is he doing in this film?
Oh yes, there’s a family of gorillas as well as a shoal of fish in a mini aquarium – yes, they form an integral part of this story. The gorillas appear from nowhere and save the heroes in the climax, while the fish swallow the diamonds before these gems reach the villain’s hands.
On the whole, NO PROBLEM has some funny moments in the first half, but gets agonizing towards the second half. It has several problems: It lacks a cohesive screenplay, it lacks in entertainment and most importantly, the humour falls flat. NO PROBLEM is full of problems.