Warsi is now in hot `circuit'

SOLVE THIS PUZZLE: Arshad Warsi and Sanjay Dutt in `Anthony kaun hai?'

SOLVE THIS PUZZLE: Arshad Warsi and Sanjay Dutt in `Anthony kaun hai?'  

Anthony Kaun Hai? (Hindi)

Cast: Arshad Warsi, Sanjay Dutt, Minissha Lamba, Anousha Dandekar

Director: Raj Kaushal

After many years of struggle, Arshad Warsi got a lifeline with "Munnabhai MBBS". For a while it seemed the tortoise would finally breast the tape ahead of the rest. Since then he has often lived on borrowed time, his fine work in films like "Seher" or "Kuchh Meetha Ho Jaye" not yielding results at the box office. The tortoise starts again. How slow, how swift!

Here he tries the ultimate: Carry a film on his shoulders despite the presence of Sanjay Dutt. Impudence? Maybe. Recklessness? Not at all. Warsi almost succeeds. No, again he is not a runaway winnerin this thriller where he plays Champ or Champak Choudhary, the man accused of the worst crime. The film builds up slowly, almost imperceptibly. Almost like Warsi's career. As the first few minutes tick by you begin to wonder -- is this a con game, a thriller, a whodunit? Or just a case of missing diamonds, first dug deep into the ground, then dug out. Here the beauty lies in the frames, and some very soothing comic situations between Dutt and Warsi. Nobody drops pants, nobody mouths double entendres. The one-liners keep the audiences hooked on till the end: Anthony kaun hai? Is it Dutt who is alternately interrogating and intimidating Warsi? Or Warsi, floundering with mounting evidence against him? Or is it somebody else, a guy almost unseen or unnoticed?

Wake up, girls!

Director Raj Kaushal's film which is quite good to look at, could do with some editing. And better work from the girls. Anousha Dandekar promises a lot in her bump and grind routine, then disappears. And Minissha who was so delectable in "Yahaan" seems washed out. So, should one watch "Anthony Kaun Hai"? Well, go ahead. Do it for Warsi, that man who refused to blame fate for the cards dealt out to him, the guy who saw a hundred tombstones before founding a thousand pillars of triumph.

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