Anything Can Happen

The wry slapstick infusing the gangster genre comes to Bollywood via Indian MTV helmer Shashanka Ghosh in his debut "Anything Can Happen." Included in the touring "Showcase India" package as an example of "the new breed of Bollywood cinema," comedy about an ad copywriter who triggers the downfall of two warring gangster clans was poorly received in India. Pic may fare better with diaspora auds.

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With: Arshad Warsi, Prashant Narayanan, Sandhya Mirdul, Pratima Kazmi, Anant Jog, Pankaj Saraswat. (Hindi and English dialogue)

The wry slapstick infusing the gangster genre from the Coen brothers and Quentin Tarantino to Beat Kitano and Johnnie To comes to Bollywood via Indian MTV pioneer-turned-scripter/helmer Shashanka Ghosh in his debut “Anything Can Happen.” Included in the touring “Showcase India” package as an example of “the new breed of Bollywood cinema,” likably lightweight, albeit dark-tinged comedy about an advertising copywriter who inadvertently triggers the downfall of two warring gangster clans was poorly received in India, though several of the film’s catchy songs shot up the music charts. Pic may fare better with diaspora auds.

Adman (Arshad Warsi), out on a drunken spree after his cop girlfriend kicked him out, saves the life of a shot-up hit man (Prashant Narayanan) and the two start an improbable friendship. Meanwhile, a gang war heats up in earnest, the absurdity steadily mounting with the escalating body count: Rapping Sikhs shake their turbans and strut their stuff, guitar-strumming troubadours fall prey to stray bullets and Warsi’s slender g.f. faces off against a corpulent female gang leader in a cops-and-robbers catfight.

Anything Can Happen

India

Production: An Impact Films production. Produced by Samir Gupta, Rahul Misra. Executive producer, Shaiju Nambiadath. Directed, written by Shashanka Ghosh.

Crew: Camera (color, widescreen), Andre Menezes; editor, Neerav Ghosh; music, Abhinav Dhar, Vishal & Shekhar. Reviewed at Cinema India! Showcase 2004, New York, April 17, 2004. Running time: 131 MIN.

With: With: Arshad Warsi, Prashant Narayanan, Sandhya Mirdul, Pratima Kazmi, Anant Jog, Pankaj Saraswat. (Hindi and English dialogue)

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