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Second Hand Husband

Starring : Dharmendra, Gippy Grewal, Tina Ahuja, Geeta Basra, Vijay Raaz, Mukesh Tiwari , Rati Agnihotri, Ravi Kissen, Alok Nath

Producer :  Iqbal Singh, Palwinder Singh, Manwinder Singh, Gurvinder Singh

Director: Smeep Kang
Music : Jatinder Shah, Dr Zeus, Badshah, D J Flow

Review by : Kriti Agarwal

Rating : 2 out of 5

What's about : Second Hand Husband employs the usual rom-com tropes .

Its an average story told to us through funny dialogues , good-humoured characters,loud makeup, bright clothes and a typical Punjabi-ish loud music . 

The film marks the debut of Govinda's daughter Tina Ahuja & popular Punjabi singer -actor Gippy Grewal .
Story :   There’s a philandering husband ( Ajit) portrayed as an incorrigible (yet charming) man-child, his devoted wife (Rati Agnihotri) serving as a source of constant amusement, the hapless divorcee Rajbir (Grewal) desperately trying to get out of paying alimony to his ex-wife Neha (Geeta Basra), and his girlfriend, budding lawyer Gurpreet (Tina Ahuja).

Since this film comes from a predominantly Punjabi team, punches and running gags are delivered with refreshing style unique to Punjabi actors and storytelling. some scenes do have some potential and manage to evoke a few chuckles. The office sequence involving Dharmendra and Deepshika Nagpal is a case in point. However, they have a ‘seen it before’ feel about them.

Second half of the movie is less boring and full of excitement scenes .

Characters :film is anchored more by the supporting casts’ performances than it is by the leads.

Gippy Grewal  [ Rajbir] : Punjabi superstar Gippy, who debuts in Bollywood with this film, seems overwhelmed by the seniors around. tries his level best to rise above a mediocre script.

Tina Ahuja [ Gurpreet ] : Govinda’s daughter, confident but maintains a deadpan expression throughout  , a highly forgettable and wooden performance. Her bubbly act seemed very forced or maybe it was just camera consciousness .

Dharmendra [Ajit Singh]: rises above the onscreen tomfoolery. his awesome comic timing will leave you in splits everytime he opens his mouth.  Though this old man played creepy and flirtatious with women young enough to be his grand-daughters.

Rati Agnihotri [ Beant Kaur ] : appears off colour .

Geeta Basra [ Neha] :displays better comic timing than Ahuja. remained expressionless , but looked really pretty as a Punjabi kudi.
supporting cast : Aman Pathela as singer , Bhojpuri superstar Ravi Kishan shouts at earth-shattering decibels,
veteran Vijay Raaz : manage to tickle all your funny bones with  expressions. super talented  Alok Nath are under-utilized,sports an ingratiating grin.

But the highest point of the film was cricketer Harbajan Singh’s cameo, received a lot of claps and whistles. A surprise, unexpected.

Pros :cinematography is decent. The limited use of close-ups in Ahuja’s scenes does cover her non-existent skills to a certain extent, one-liners were good.

 Cons :  zero chemistry between the onscreen couple, story , poorly executed, snail paced screenplay.  lack of a well defined perspective, editing, dialogues are clichéd and predictable.  the comic punches seem forced

 Music : soundtrack is reasonably good. Songs ‘Mitthi Meri Jaan’ and ‘Rab Jaisa’ manage to strike a chord.

Bottom line :  SHH may not exactly knock your socks off ,  but it’s a film devoid of pretences  that entertains in parts. you’ll probably enjoy this clean, slapstick comedy . Don't look for logic and intelligence.