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Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II (2003)

Revolves around a hapless copywriter torn between his crazy police officer fiancee and his new best friend, a hit man who inadvertently involves him underworld.

Director:

Shashanka Ghosh

Writers:

Javed Ahmed (screenplay), Shashanka Ghosh (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arshad Warsi ... Puneet Sayal
Prashant Narayanan ... Vishnu
Sandhya Mridul ... Inspector Agni Sinha
Pratima Kazmi ... Ganga Chauhan
Anant Jog ... Ganpat
Pankaj Saraswat Pankaj Saraswat ... Bantya
Suchitra Pillai ... Shalu
Ranvir Shorey ... Barista Trio (as Ranveer Shourie)
John Owen John Owen ... Barista Trio
Shruti Seth ... Barista Trio
Maria Goretti ... Item Girl (as Maria Goretti-Warsi)
Mahima Chaudhry ... Herself
Ganesh Acharya ... Dancer in 'Laundiya' sequence
Rabbi Shergill ... Singer in 'Laundiya' sequence
Jabain Jabain ... Additional dancer in 'Laundiya' Sequence
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Storyline

After being asked to leave by his Policewoman fiancee, Agni Sinha (Sandhya Mridul), Punit Sanyal (Arshad Warsi) is lying drunk on a street bench in Bombay, when he comes across a wounded man on the street, shot at by hoodlums owing allegiance to Gangleader, Gangu Tai (Pratima Kazmi). He decides to assist this male, Vishnu (Prashant Narayanan), owing allegiance to yet another crime boss, Ganpat Mohite (Anant Jog). Vishnu and Punit become close friends, though Punit is not asked to participate in any criminal activity. When Ganpat finds out that Punit's brother was a police informer, and his fiancee a policewoman, he instructs Vishnu to kill Punit, but Vishnu does not do so, and Ganpat issues instructions to have him killed also. In the meantime, Punit is abducted by Gangu Tai and held there. Gangu has taken a liking to Punit, as he reminds her of her son. When the police start an investigation against Gangu Tai, they assign Agni to go and arrest her, which she does. When Gangu is ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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a not normal-urban film

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

14 November 2003 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

It Happens That Way Too: Part II See more »

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Impact Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Punit Sanyal: Girlfriend is in police, brother a police rat, friend a shooter. How did I become a writer?
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A Not Normal but Immensely Entertaining Urban Film
10 December 2007 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

'Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II' is one of the funniest dark comedies to come out of India in recent time. It's part spoofy, part pulp fiction, part bloodbath and part comically bizarre. It opens hilariously with the following line: "this is a mindless work of fiction, the characters happen to be fictional despite our sincere efforts. the locations however are real. the story has been plagiarised from several films". Then it is followed by an amusing item number that features Ganesh Acharya, some boys and girls and a piglet.

Though I must say that 'Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II' is not a rip-off and it's clearly a work of inspiration. I also appreciated that the maker acknowledged their source of inspiration (something hardly any Hindi-film director does) that includes names like Kitano, Tarantino, Gopal Verma, Coen Brothers etc.

We are introduced to several funny characters: the protagonist who is ironically a copywriter (Arshad Warsi), his no-nonsense copper wife (Sandhya Mridul), his gangster friend (Prashant), his 'Maa' (Pratima Kazmi, The Bazpur Boys and many others. Then there are numerous appearances by celebrities like Ranvir Shorey, Shibani Kashyap, Kailesh Kher and Mahima Chaudhry, most of them who play themselves (in a spoofy way). Arshad Warsi's wife Maria Goretti Warsi also performs sensually in an item number.

The ensemble cast is impressively created as all the actors fit their parts like a glove. Arshad Warsi rocks! It's not an out and out comic role (the kind he's more known for) as the character does have multiple layers and the actor does an outstanding job. Sandhya Mridul is getting more versatile with each film and here as the tough cop but the vulnerable wife/girlfriend, she too holds her own. However, her character could have been a little further developed. Pratima Kazmi is back again in her not-to-be-messed-with kingpin (or queenpin) role, a part the audience certainly doesn't tire of watching her in and this time there's a touch of comedy which she effectively pulls off.

Vishal Shekhar's soundtrack is overall very appealing to people who have eclectic taste in music (like me). It features singers whom we rarely get to hear in movies like Kailash Kher, Shibani Kashyap, Rabbi Shergill etc. Many of them feature in the background while a few are well put in the foreground of the story. My favorite songs are Kher's 'Allah Ke Bande' and Kashyap's 'Sajna Aa Bhi Jaa'.

This is director and writer Shashanka Ghosh's achievement. She wonderfully brings it all together. As the tagline suggests: a not normal-urban film, it is indeed very 'not normal' but hugely entertaining, providing us many laugh out loud moments that might keep you laughing even after the end credits have rolled. :)


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