We can't expect every Hyderabadi comedy to be like Hyderabad Nawabs even if it means we have the same hit pair and characters and our typical Hyderabadi lingo. Unlike the series of comedy that released post Hyderabad Nawabs which were too loud and heavy on the mind, and even garrish, this one Zabardast is slightly toned down both in dialogues and performances. The audience for such films is not niche, we do have people from all strata and community going for such films only because of the lovely and cool dialect, the nakkos and aiseech not withstanding. The film begins with two handcuffed strangers running away from the police for committing one full murder and one half murder. Full murder happens when Ladoo who works for Moosa, a goon is found in bed with Moosa's moll. Moosa kills the girl and Ladoo is implicated. The half murder is slashing of the tummy of Moosa's brother by Ajju who gets involved unnecessarily in a street brawl like our Hyderabadi onlookers. Ajju and Laddo escape and land at another local biggie's place in the outskirts of the city. The biggie who calls himself Tillu The Terror has only one thing as his agenda, he believes there is some treasure around his home and makes his men dig and dig throughout the film. While Ajju pretends to work hard, Ladoo behaves like a nawab and they both hoodwink Tillu after finding the treasure box. Just when they want to run away, Moosa, his brother and another man in the village who thinks he owns the land which has been dug plus RK mama, the cop all stake their claim. What follows is a riot, a chase stretching to a few minutes is okay but the climax prolongs and drags. You sit through only to find out the content in the box though you have a feeling there is some trash out there. But what's hidden in the box? In between all this drama, there is some romance. We are used to seeing RK as a rough and tough cookie, here despite wearing a cop's dress and holding a pistol he chips in a low profile performance. The girls are a right choice and suit their respective men correctly. The way Ajju and Laddoo propose to them directly is hilarious. Zabardast is not a bad movie but not a great film either, it has a nice, cute and a silly plot but slick, taut handling and execution could have made it really zabardast. Ajju and Laddoo carry the film on their shoulders but the rest of them fail to shine due to lack of strong and funny dialogues. Ajju dressing up as a woman and the successive scene ends abruptly. The track of the two fat men who work for Tillu is interesting. A plus point of the film is that it has been shot outdoors for most of the scenes and that gives one a mental breathing space. The director has succeeded in portraying the character of Ajju and Laddoo perfectly through their body language and expressions. Zabardast shines here and there, it is just an okay film, the actors do their bit but the director, writers and technicians chip in a half-hearted job, even then you could find audience for this comedy. Watch out for the dialogue that refers to the duo finding a solution to the Kashmir problem from Hyderabad and somebody having the gall to ask them if they knew the way to reach the city.
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