'Second Hand Husband'
U/A; Comedy-drama
DIR: Smeep Kang
CAST: Dharmendra, Gippy Grewal, Tina Ahuja

Poster of Second Hand Husband
Poster of Second Hand Husband

Second Hand Husband is definitely not a classic, but it manages to make you laugh out loud at some points, largely entertains and keeps you engrossed. That is a bit of an achievement for a film that comes with zero expectations.

Director Smeep Kang pairs Govinda’s daughter Tina Ahuja with the star of Punjab films, Gippy Grewal and throws in Geeta Basra for a triangular love story. There is absolutely no pretension as an average story told to us through some funny dialogues, happy characters and a typical Punjabi-ish loud music.

Gippy is Rajbir, a divorcee trying to get out of the alimony arrangement from his ex-wife Neha (Basra). Rajbir wants to marry Gurpreet (Ahuja), but his family does not allow him to do so as he will be left with no money if he pays a lion’s share of his salary in alimony. As Gippy tries to wriggle out of the situation, there is a parallel story of his boss, Ajit (Dharmendra), a philandering alcoholic who is constantly cheating on his wife (Rati Agnihotri).

Dharmendra is endearing as he charms his way through playing a flawed man. Apart from him, it is Vijay Raaz who gets the attention with his easy portrayal of a single man, eternally and desperately in search of a companion. Tina doesn’t impress, but then she doesn’t get much to do either. Basra has too much make-up on for us to see any expressions on her face. Gippy is likeable, but obviously, acting is not his forte.

In spite of the handicaps, the film manages to largely entertain, because of its child-like naive approach and also largely due to some intermittent funny dialogues (written by Vaibhav and Shreya Srivastava).