India has always managed to deliver subpar and crass adult-comedies barring a few exceptions like Delhi Belly and Go Goa Gone.
For the last time guys, making 69 jokes for 69 times in a row is not funny.
Come on, at least pretend to try.
Ekta Kapoor – waste of potential
Did you know, Kyaa Kool Hai Hum was produced by Balaji Motion Pictures?
That’s right, a production that monopolised the Indian family dramas, was also responsible for this 2005’s travesty. Maybe it was all that amped up sexual repression that broke out or I might be right.
It’s just my opinion, but no one is more responsible for the regressive representation of Indian women in TV shows and movies than Ekta Kapoor, herself. If only she were a little responsible with the power she was bestowed with.
Ekta, you deserved that roast by Pewdiepie.
Rape plot in Kyaa Kool Hai Hum
The major plot of Kyaa Kool Hai Hum revolves around finding the killer and rapist that is haunting the city. Again, this was supposed to be an adult-comedy.
One of the most important ingredients to make any comedy film is – misunderstanding. Hence, Tusshar Kapoor’s Rahul is mistaken as the rapist/murderer throughout the movie.
To catch the predator, the Police Commissioner along with a psychologist, Dr Screwvala (Anupam Kher), decide to honeytrap Rahul by using Inspector Urmila Martodkar (Isha Koppikar) as the bait. (I’m not even going to address that horrible pun.)
Urmila is a woman and a police inspector. Therefore, she can’t be feminine and is instead portrayed as the most vile-looking, paan-chewing, tomboy to ever exist. So, the logical next step is to give her a “makeover”.
Or as Dr Screwvala delicately puts it, “repairing.”
Inspector Urmila is obviously not on board with the whole “makeover” gimmick. So, Kyaa Kool Hai Hum loses their sense of irony and puts a gag on Urmila and force a makeover, without her consent.
They continue with their facade for quite a while but as Rahul is not a rapist, their plan to honeytrap fails miserably.
The failure personally affects Inspector Urmila as she breaks down in front of Dr Srewvala.
“Mujhe toh apne aurat hone par bhi doubt ho raha hai. Jo rapist 16 se 60 tak kisi bhi aurat ko nahi chodta, woh mujhe haath tak nahi laga raha hai.” (I doubt my womanhood. The rapist who doesn’t leave any woman between the age of 16 to 60, refuses to touch me.)
Instead of giving Rahul any benefit of a doubt, Dr Screwvala suggests, “I have to check his frontal lobe for irregularities.” Meaning, any man who refuses to be seduced by a good-looking woman, must be out of his mind.
This charade goes on for a while and Kyaa Kool Hai Hum ends with our independent, levelheaded, no-bullshit-tolerating Inspector Urmila falling for Rahul.
Again, he’s not a rapist, but he’s a pervert, for sure. Why would anyone fall for him is beyond me.
Plenty wrong with Kyaa Kool Hai Hum
This entire rape plot is just the tip of the problematic iceberg that exists in Kyaa Kool Hai Hum. From homophobia to sexism, the movie is riddled with issues.
If someone were to make a “tasteless bingo” of Kyaa Kool Hai Hum, the movie would still be intolerable.
Watch Kusha Kapila and MostlySane Behensplain Kyaa Kool Hai Hum
Kyaa Kool Hai Hum came out in 2005. Nothing from that movie has aged well. In a #MeToo era, you’d think these jokes would not find a place in today’s time. Then you look at Mastizaade and Great Grand Masti and think nothing’s changed.