Naughty @ 40 Movie Review

Movie: Naughty @ 40

NAUGHTY @ 40, Govinda's new release, aims at bringing the actor back in the reckoning, a position that he once enjoyed not too long ago. NAUGHTY @ 40 is vintage Govinda fare replete with his by-now-famous characteristics, body language, dialogue delivery and even pelvic thrusts that the masses have gleefully mastered over the years. The only difference is, the actor plays a 40-year-old virgin in this sex comedy.

Clearly inspired by THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, NAUGHTY @ 40 has been adapted to suit the Indian sensibilities. But director Jagmohan Mundhra ensures that it's not an out-and-out 'naughty' experience. The first hour has moments that keep you rolling in your seat as the humor gets raunchier and unsophisticated, laughing at Govinda when his attempts to deal with his problems go awry. From crude hilarity to syrupy sentimentality, the post-interval portions of NAUGHTY @ 40 changes tracks and becomes a 'love triangle', with Govinda falling in love with a foreigner, post marriage to Yuvika. Though the lewd jokes appear sporadically, the focus is now on drama and how a man is torn between two women.

NAUGHTY @ 40 would've made a better impact had its writer not stretched and crammed the narrative with college boy humor and laced it with words that shock and amuse, depending on your taste. Semi-naked bodies, massage jokes, sequences involving transsexuals and a constant reminder that the protagonist is a 40-year virgin make up for most parts of the narrative. The humor is directed at the hardcore masses, those who relish such jokes.

NAUGHTY @ 40 tells the story of a 40-year-old man [Govinda] living in London with his parents [Anupam Kher, Smita Jaykar] and cousin [Harish]. The problem is, he's still a virgin. The father seeks the help of his employee [Shakti Kapoor], who tries various tricks in the book so that Govinda loses his virginity, but all efforts turn futile.

The family leaves for Manali, where Govinda gets married to a girl much younger to him [Yuvika Choudhary]. However, Yuvika is up to childish pranks all the while, which results in Govinda getting into a physical relationship with a foreigner. Yuvika gets a rude shock when she discovers the truth. That brings about a change in her attitude.