There is something so magical about Govinda and David Dhawan that nothing can disturb their chemistry. Not even a shallow plot. He is no longer the David of Swarg and Raja Babu. Now he thrives on plush locations; it is another matter that we don’t recognise the Delhi where the film is set. His actors sport the latest in fashion except for Govinda, who is still looks fresh in his clowning glory. He is the fulcrum of the film which relies on a half page story. Here he plays the husband of a bossy wife (Sushmita Sen), trying to hide his illicit relationship with an item girl (Lara Dutta).

When the nosy wife begins to suspect and calls a detective (Ranvir Shorey), Govinda hires a waiter (Ritiesh Deshmukh) to act as Lara’s boyfriend to nip the doubt in the bud. The fun begins when Govinda starts to suspect that something is cooking between the two. A master at situational humour, David gets ample opportunities to tickle our funny bone. With Govinda in immaculate form we get on to the fun ride. He teams well with his sidekick (Manoj Pahwa) but the rest could not join them in the party. Because only Govinda can make sense out of nonsense. He manages to capture innocence even in double meaning dialogues and situations.

Ritiesh is dwarfed by Govinda in acting and in size by Lara. Even when Govinda suspects, we know Lara and Ritiesh make no match. Perhaps that is why David keeps dangling a ‘loose’ character Diesel (Sohail Khan). Sushmita and Lara have nothing much to do apart from spreading their luscious charms. A weak music score by Nadeem Sharavan, who have returned after a while, takes the buzz out of their ‘hard work’.

After a rollercoaster first half, we expect David to tell a story and bring in some emotions. David hardly relies on in-depth characterisation and we all know that logic has to be logged off before entering his universe but here he seems in no mood to change gears. As a result the jokes begin to get stale, the sidekicks (Rajpal Yadav and Ali Asgar) begin to shout and a hackneyed climax kills the joy.

Go watch it for Govinda.

Cast: Govinda, Sushmita Sen, Lara Dutta, Ritiesh Deshmukh, Ranvir Shorey

Director: David Dhawan