The ApunKaChoice movie review of Naughty @ 40.Govinda Ala Re!, playing his age for the first time and yet a boy at heart. Whoopee! Naughty @ 40 directed by Jagmohan Mundra finally releases and brings to you the same buoyant and bubbly Govinda of yore. But the movie is new, and Govinda portrays a character who is trying to lose his virginity at the age of 40 with the help of two oddballs. So, would you like to know what this naughty man at 40 is up to?
First things first. How on earth could a 40-year-old man remain a virgin? Does it ring a bell with you? Yes, the movie is inspired from the Hollywood hit Forty year old virgin, but since it’s a Bollywood film things are a bit different here. Govinda is not the man with whom the audience would like to sympathize, but he is a mischievous man and likes to be vulgar rather than vulnerable.
The storyline - In his drive to be a complete man, he has his father Anupam Kher and a loyalist Shakti Kapoor as the experienced guides; the two love to device every kind of devious set-up for Govinda, but what transpires turns out to be a bit tragic for our hero. He is still far from his life’s goal. Then a small family outing in Manali helps the man to get married to a much younger girl, played by Yuvika Chaudhary. Though the girl is sweet her childishly impish ways make Govinda feel bored of marriage. So our naughty man gets physical to a firang babe. Yes, his biwi does come to know about this. A knotty situation for this naughty man.
Not again! - The second half of the film is a tad similar to many of Govinda’s earlier films where he is shown easily juggling the two ladyloves. The songs of the film lack the punch, and the jokes at times can be tagged pedestrian if not nasty. Too much of Govinda can also make you feel tired, almost like a forty someone feeling twice his or her age.
The enjoyable moments! - When the movie comes alive with a splatter of animated adult jokes, but you have to search for those moments in the haystack of the plot. Govinda’s awesome with his comic timing especially when he breaks into loud laughter. Gosh! The man still bursts with vim and vigour; he is dyed-in-wool entertainer, indeed a charmer and he still dances his way to the audience’s heart. Effortless!
Performances - Nothing is wrong with Govinda - virgin at 40, he is insane, inane and innocent, all in this movie. Yuvika Chaudhary, who is seen for the first time as a lead actress, tries to be like one of Govinda’s heroine. She does leave an impression with her acting, gesticulations and bubbly onscreen persona. And what to expect from the actors like Anupam Kher, Shakti Kapoor and Sanjay Mishra, who are natural and just spontaneous.
By now you must have understood that Naughty@ 40 is strictly a Govinda affair, and if you don’t let your mind get boggled by silly-wally bawdy jokes, you can enjoy this film. Jagmohan Mundra of Provoked fame has tried to deviate from socially relevant cinema and comes up with a nice rib-tickler.
Entertaining in parts and fits, Naughty@ 40 is for those who are either die-hard Govinda buffs or are looking for some naughty fun this weekend.