Starring – Priyanka Chopra, Abhishek Bachhan, John Abraham, Bobby Deol, Boman Irani, Kirron Kher
Director – Tarun Mansukhani
When a movie starts with a half-naked John Abraham flexing his glossy rippling muscles in the sun, you know it’s going to be good. Right from the yummy beginning to the wild end, there isn’t a single dull moment when your eyes are tempted to wander away from the screen.
As suggested by the title, Dostana is primarily a film about friendship. It highlights the essence of a perfect friendship, bringing into focus the core sentiments that bind friends together – acceptance, sacrifice and forgiveness.
Those looking for a hidden social message will, however, walk away disappointed. Dostana is a fun film with no serious take on gay issues, except maybe for one scene where Priyanka convinces Abhishek’s scandalised mother to welcome her new bahu/damaad, keeping in mind her son’s happiness.
The storyline? Unconventional and yet, pretty straightforward. Two guys (John Abraham and Abhishek Bachhan) on the lookout for accommodation finally zero in on the perfect place only to find out that it’s owned by pretty young Neha (Priyanka Chopra) who is only looking for female flatmates for reasons of “security and izzat” as her aunt puts it. Seeing no other way out, they pretend to be a gay couple and get the flat but eventually end up falling in love with her. Also vying for Priyanka’s affections is her handsome boss played by Bobby Deol. Who does Priyanka go for in the end? Love over friendship? Or friendship over love? Watch and find out, people!
My rating: 3 and a half out of 5.