All The Best
Directed by: Rohit Shetty
Producer by: Ajay Devgan
Starring: Ajay Devgan, Bipasha Basu, Fardeen Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Mugdha Godse, Asrani, Mukesh Tiwari, Ashwini Kalsekar, Johny Lever, Sanjay Mishra, Vijay Patkar, Atul Parchure, Shereveer Vakil, Puneet Vashist, Subhash Pradhan, Shraddha Musale, Ashish R Mohan
Music Dir: Pritam Chakraborty
All The Best is a slapstick comic caper produced by Ajay Devgan and directed by Rohit Shetty. The director has enjoyed huge success with his last two films, Golmaal and its sequel Golmaal Returns. All The Best stars Ajay Devgan himself, Sanjay Dutt, Bipasha Basu, Fardeen Khan, Mugdha Godse, Johnny Level and others.
Ajay and Veer are friends living a fun filled and extravagant life spending Veer's step-brother Dharam's money. They land up in debts in their attempts to make some quick and easy money. Adding to this trouble, Veer lies to Dharam about his marriage. One fine day, Dharam unexpectedly arrives in Goa and mistakes Prem's wife Jhanvi for Veer's wife and Veer's girlfriend, Vidya as Prem's girlfriend. The two start juggling between prolonging the debt payment to a local don and pacifying Dharam, about the false status. What follow is rib-tickling comical situations where Veer and Prem try to sort out more and more issues.
By far the best of the Diwali releases, All The Best is a clean family entertainer mainly targeted at the masses. Not much of a story to talk about, but Rohit squeezes in enough one-liners and gags to make it one of the more entertaining comedies of the year. A few sequences involving Sanjay Dutt - Johnny Lever and Ajay Devgan - Dutt are hilarious.
What the movie lacks though is someone with great comic timing, an additional character for the likes of Arshad Warsi, Shreyas Talpade or Tusshar Kapoor would have been a treat to watch. The editing should have been crisper (runtime at 2 and a half hours is too long). The music by Pritam is good.
Coming to the performances, Ajay Devgan has the meatiest role and he is fantastic in the comic scenes. Johnny lever after a long time is fun to watch. Fardeen is improving with each film, after a good performance in Life Partner; he does very well in All The Best. Bipasha Basu has nothing to do, neither do Mughda Godse. Sanjay Dutt is good with his comic timing.
To sum up, All The Best should ideally have been a bit shorter, but is quite easily the movie to watch this Diwali. Watch purely for entertainment, do not expect a story or find logic. If you love the Golmaal films, there is no reason you shouldn't like this.