Movie review - Shuttlecock Boys

Aug 04, 2012, 07:03 IST | Shakti Shetty

The title of this film may suggest an intense masculine sports drama making references to Saina Nehwal but it's not so it doesn't

What it manages to do though is strike a chord with Indian youth’s approach towards career. In the process, it explores four friends’ dependence on each other and their quest for economic independence.

Shuttlecock Boys

Directed by Delhi-based Hemant Gaba, the screenplay concentrates on the Capital’s attitude towards aspiring entrepreneurs and vice versa. This results in the quadrant having a heck of an experience trying to ascertain their place in the pecking order. They don’t know whether they’ll be successful or not but they’re prepared to ditch their mundane existence and take a chance for a change.

In a way, the film is similar to the Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year. But in more ways than one, it’s different as it broadens the scope of friendship and doesn’t cater to superficial cinematic twists. Originality maintains itself.

On the lower end, camerawork is elementary. The overall performance reeks of amateurism and borders on hamming at times. Expressions are swell and dialogues aren’t hackneyed but comic timing seems chronically lapsed. Better low-budget films have been made but what sets Shuttlecock Boys apart is it begins where it ends. And that too, without losing its intent for once.  

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