Fridays are becoming a messy hodgepodge in Bollywood with each transient months/years, in the matter of getting an epochal release. On the contrary, releasing a fim on the very first Friday of the New Year is pervasively considered to be jinxed. When there are myriad of Bollywood films churning out every single Friday, the makers are now being left barehanded other than to explore the date. 18 years heretofore, Amitabh Bachchan's production company had launched Arshad Warsi with "Tere Mere Sapne". At the moment, the two are grappling with each other in the most abstemious manner as the re-release of "Sholay" in the 3D version has "Mr. Joe B. Carvalho" running in theatres concomitantly.
Mr. Joe B. Carvalho is a mad-cap detective caper of a bumbling detective a la Inspector Jacques Clouseau of The Pink Panther fame, who becomes the catch of fallacious identity. Insp. Shantipriya Phadnis (Soha Ali Khan) is assigned the task of nabbing an international terrorist, Carlos aka Big C (Jaaved Jaaferi). When Khurana (Shakti Kapoor) gives Joe the task of finding his daughter who has eloped with a chef, Joe gets motivated to do the job becuase Lady Luck hasn't been on his side since childhood. However, Shantipriya mistakes Joe for Carlos and swears to nab Joe and doesn't matter if she has to weave a web of love and deceit around him. Therein, comedy of errors follows, which climaxes into an emergent end.
The story/screenplay by Mahesh Ramchandani can be regarded as straight-faced comedy with simple, corny & indeterminate plot. Samir Tewari, who makes his directorial debut with the movie performs his job with utmost sincerity and total belief in the script. Anshumaan Singh Thakur, the additional cameraman, too has lent able support. Parag Chadha has done a remarkable job in casting. Ravi Verma's stunts are Southern-esque. In case of costumes, Tanya Pal has avowedly done a sagacious job in styling up the characters as per their roles. Soha Ali Khan has donned a khakee uniform, apsara outfit, cabaret costume, bikini and even a towel as well, for the first time on-screen. Arshad Wari returns to choreography after a hiatus of 20 years with Mind Blastic song. Rest of the songs are choreographed funnily by Chinni Prakash. Vijay Raaz following Arshad & Soha in the later part of the second half, is a laughathon.
On the flip side, the jokes fall flat at numerous occasion. The situations/characters try hard to chuckle you, but fail miserably. Aseem Bajaj's cinematography is vacuous. There's nothing in the film which has got an iota of intelligence. The substandard visual effects by Just Right Studioz are an absolute letdown. Dharmendra Sharma's editing causes one to extemporaneously nap. Songs pop out of nowhere. Amartya Rahut, a relatively inexperienced music composer (as far as the Hindi film industry is concerned), has tried to take his chance by the horns. ''Chumma Chaati'' (Singer: Shefali Alvaris, Amartya Rahut & Pinky Maidsani; Lyricist: Amitabh Bhattacharya) is amusingly unconventional, idiosyncratic & comic situational party track. ''Mind Blastic'' (Singer: Neeraj Shridhar; Lyricist: Puneet Sharma) introduces the lead protagonist Arshad Warsi & is a narcissist oft-heard track. ''Ring Ring'' (singer: Subhajit Mukerjee; lyricist: Virag Mishra) is based more on the basis of famous nursery rhyme Ringa Ringa Roses and the lyrics are lucid. The situational ''Ae Ji Suniye'' (singer: Hamsika Iyer & Amartya Rahut; Lyricist: Virag Mishra) is a humorous cum inconsequential track. Javed Jaffrey sings and writes the lyrics for "Carlos", which is wacky, nonsensical and an introduction track to his many-faced character. Overall, the music is an absolute letdown. The production value is tacky. Vardhraj Kamath's art is uninhabited. Ditto for the background score.
Arshad Warsi is an incredible actor, virtually. He slips into the role with utmost ease & such finesse. In a comedy movie like this, the pain is keeping a straight face and ignoring the stupidity one is doing and Arshad has done this with unblemished faith and conviction. Soha Ali Khan learnt martial arts and cartwheel for the tailor-made role. She's ever done intense or girl-next-door stuffs & this time round, she's got out of this stereotype. Right from fighting, dancing, doing comedy to running after the bad guys, she's doing everything in the film, which traditionally a hero does. She's consummately brilliant. Jaaved Jaaferi is there as an African guy, a sadhu, a blonde as well as a Maharashtrian woman. He dons the different quirky avatars every time he comes onscreen. He has the inherent talent of impeccable comic timing. Yet he emits villainy with hubris. He is phenomenal throughout. Kunal Khemu has a cameo. Salman Khan is the *invisible* hero. Babul Supriyo, Geeta Basra, Himani Shivpuri, Navni Prahar, Manoj Joshi, Rajesh Balwani, Ranjeet, Shakti Kapoor, Snehal Dhabi, Veerendra Saxena, Vijay Raaz and Vrajesh Hirjee are wasted teetotally in their respective roles. Zeke and Zene Warsi are following their father's footsteps.
To sum up, it is a brainless story of brainless characters, which has some genuine funny moments, but they are few & far between. One of the taglines to the movie is ‘Leave your brain at home' because the makers too, have left their brains while filming. The movie is made for the dummies, by the dummies. A colossal disappointment!view less