‘Badmaash Company’ is an enjoyable con movie set in 1994. The cast is a delightful ensemble of Shahid Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Meiyang Chang and Vir Das. This marks the directorial debut of Parmeet Sethi who was best known as Sharukh Khan’s rival ‘Kuljeet’ in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. This movie, if viewed by audiences in their late teens and early 20s is great fun.
The film revolves around the lives of four friends – 3 boys and 1 girl who go to Thailand along with a businessman as carriers of articles which the same businessman will bring back to his country to sell them at exorbitant prices. They do it successfully but this is just the beginning. Their plans to get rich quickly and at any cost form the crux of this story. The quartet go on to hatch and execute many more interesting, though pretty improbable plans and do make a bunch in the process. Examples of such improbability were when they mockery of the head honchos of a shoe giant in America and when they make even Michael Jackson wear their brand of shirts!!!!
Shahid is believable in his cute and later arrogant act which is reminiscent of Shahrukh’s role in ‘Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman’. Anushka Sharma is sexy and spunky as his love interest. She is very spontaneous and her crackling chemistry with Shahid is one of the strong points of the movie. Chang is comic and lovable while Vir, as the raging womanizer is fun to watch. Overall the actors have done a fine job to keep the film steady.
The music score of the movie is done by Pritam Chakraborty who gives us some hummable numbers like ‘Chaska’, ‘Jingle Jingle’ and the best of them all – ‘Fakeera’. Anvita Dutt is the lyricist here. The cinematography is well executed by Sanjay Kapoor who captures the lanes and by lanes of both Mumbai and Bangkok. The ‘Badmaash’ Co. is worth a dekko.