Denims and Dosti – Wear it, tear it. Colour it, fade it. Use it, abuse it – but it ain’t easy giving up on it. Righto! That’s the mantra of this famous five, who’ve outgrown their chaddi-buddy years (in small-town Kasauli) becoming young men who repeatedly swear by their ‘denim decree’ (Friends forever! Blah!).
They call themselves the Kasauli Cowboys (Uhh!). Sam (Aditya) is the jaan of the group; he’s super-rich, a wannabe rockstar and phoren educated. His best yaar Sid (Tanuj) is simple man of few expressions (literally!). Suzi, Tino and Bobby are the other cowboys who doff their hats to this dosti. Sam (Aditya)lands from London for a summer-break and stirs up Kasauli’s sedentary life with wild partying, stiff pegs, pataoing PYT’s and Punjabi rock (so what if he’s a die-hard Jim Morrison fan!). A starry-eyed snow-white Nayantara (Izabelle) strolls into the woods with a plastic smile (mind you, that’s the ‘only’ lasting expression) adding a new dimension to the story – called a love-triangle (surprise!!!). The best friends are in love with her, one is ready to seduce, the other ‘zips it’ (for no real reason). Obviously, leading to betrayal of the cowboys’ code of conduct. There are more dimensions here (an alcoholic mom – Sarika, single-mom – Rati) with no depth that stretches the story. Soon this purani friendship is bleached dry of all its coolness, colour and chemistry.
Debutante director Bassu’s story, mounted on a pretty canvas, with zestful music (Ram Sampath) doesn’t quite make the cut because she unabashedly opts for a ‘comfort fit’ that’s so out of style. The plot is ‘skinny’ with a spattering of cliches. The storytelling is inconsistent (too ‘straight’), and the poorly sketched characters with and their below average performances wears you out further. Aditya, shows some spunk and promise, Tanuj tries hard but seems uncomfortable in his skin (blame it on the denims, huh?).
Yes, the concept of dosti symbolized as purani jeans is as old as cowboys in the wild west. But this denim offering leaves you ‘blue’ and ‘uncool’.
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The Times of India