Deol brothers, Shreyas Talpade`s camaraderie saves the film
A good comedy can appeal to the masses in two scenarios — if the script is genuinely funny, or the cast, exceptionally talented. Shreyas Talpade, who makes his directorial debut with 'Poster Boys', an official remake of the Marathi hit 'Poshter Boyz' (2014), attempts to make an earnest comedy. Unfortunately, the film, which educates the audience about the importance of vasectomy, remains as mediocre on screen, as we assume it would have been on paper.
Inspired by real-life events, the film takes us through the journey of three men, Jagawar Choudhary (Sunny Deol), a retired army officer addicted to selfies, Vinay Sharma (Bobby Deol), a school teacher who remembers to forget while talking, and Arjun Singh (Shreyas Talpade), a vasooli bhai with a credit card company, become the face of nasbandi (vasectomy) when their photographs accidentally make it on government posters that speak about the importance of population control. Following the erroneous development, the trio is mocked in their village, which in turn leads to personal loss. The trio decides to fight the system to avenge humiliation.
Talpade knows how one can bring out the best from a cast. He banks on the crackling camaraderie he shares with the Deol brothers. Their bromance, too, doesn't fail to tickle funny bone as they pull off lame innuendos with ease.
The script is judiciously packed with jokes that poke fun at serious issues. Some of them will inspire giggles, others might make you cringe. Sunny is loud, yet subdued, and stays true to his character. Brother Bobby earnestly earns him the most number of comedy scenes.
Sameer Patil, writer and director of the original film, has kept the North Indian milieu in mind while adapting this remake.
The problem, however, lies in the second half. The drama runs thin as the film starts to drag. Jokes become repetitive and silly, and the climax is poorly executed.
The film makes its point in a manner that's all too preachy.