Rajpal Yadav, Johnny Lever, Divya Dutta, Razak Khan,
Manoj Joshi, Rajesh Vivek
Directed by Vikram Pradhan
Masti Express the new hindi film has two stories running
in parallel: Rajpal Yadav and his wife Divya Dutta's
eager desire to have their kid educated in a renowned
school and then the auto rickshaw race which also forms
a part of the story.
Director Vikram Pradhan also succeeds in creating hope
in the viewer’s mind who would definitely want only
their protagonist to win a race, whether it’s a chariot
race, rickshaw race or even a cycle race – as portrayed
in English and Hindi films.
The father has a million dollar dream. But where can he
get those elusive millions that would ensure a better
future for his son?
Raju’s son is refused admission initially by the School
Principal (Manoj Joshi).
It is the story of a father Rajpal Yadav who is
desperately trying to get his child’s admission in a
renowned school and provide him good education. The
father does not want his child to be just another brat
growing up in a slum and ending up with a dull future in
The father, a true hero rises against all odds. He has
to face the neighborhood dada, Johnny Lever, and many
other obstacles that come his way.
CREDITS & CREW:
Producer - Vikram Pradhan, Siddhanta Ashdhir
Co-Producer - Imtiyaz Shaikh
Director - Vikram Pradhan
Background Music - Gulraj Singh
Cinematography - Dhananjay Kulkarni
Art - Ajit Dandekar
Editor - Gaurav Meshram
Dialogues - Bunty Rathore
Lyrics - Manoj Yadav
Film Editing - Gaurav Meshram
MASTI EXPRESS does appeal in parts, not in its entirety.
During some moments, the film is engaging, but not
throughout as there are many instances or scenes where the
story seems to be stuck and leading to nowhere.
Raju (Rajpal Yadav) the auto rickshaw driver has a dream.
He is impressed by the kids he ferries every morning to a
renowned school where the kids study, our rickshaw driver
wants to send his son to this school and ensure a better
future for his son.
Seema (Divya Dutta), his wife is also keen to have her kid
study and grow in a nice school. To secure admission as
well as to give good education in this upmarket school,
Raju has to earn much more than the meager earnings he
The usual bollywood style where the film is sprinkled with
naach gaana (the songs picturised on Shankar Mahadevan and
Kashmira Shah), then there is unsuccessful comedy with
Rajpal and Jhonny Lever around, then the emotional angel
with the father and his child. The other ingredient is
participants of the race from other states of India
Vikram Pradhan’s directorial debut does have some
remarkable takes like the auto rickshaw in the finale, the
parent’s efforts to secure their child’s admission in a
reputed school, yet at the end one feels that the film is
much lower than the expectation – the hype created with
stars like Rajpal Yadav, Jhonny Lever and the talented
What was the need to inject some humour in the rickshaw
race? Just to appease the front benchers it seems.
Therefore it is the story which is neither a proper
emotional drama nor a good comedy.
Other actors like Manoj Joshi as the school Principal is
just under utilized, and Vijay Patkar and Razzaq Khan do
their bit fine while delivering some funny lines, it is
Ryan Pinto who has a screen presence and one could expect
more from him in the coming films.
Rajpal Yadav - Raju
Johnny Lever - Veerubhai
Divya Dutta - Seema
Razak Khan - Salim
Manoj Joshi - School Principal
Jaikumar Banotia - Babu
Rajesh Vivek - Chaubey
Mushtaq Khan - Patel