Rohit Shetty’s ‘Cirkus’ has a few scattered laughs and a lot of really dull patches

Posted on December 23, 2022

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Spoilers ahead…

Two Ranveer Singhs, two Varun Sharmas, Pooja Hegde, Jacqueline Fernandez, and a riot of comic-book colours – but where’s the effort?

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The term “lowbrow comedy” is used to describe a kind of broad, farce-like, slapstick-filled effort to make you laugh – but the term is a little offensive. All of us like to laugh, whether the source of the laughter is lowbrow or highbrow. I forget the name of the film now, but one of the one-liners that I laughed at very loudly in the theatre was when an actor in a thick blanket said his name was “Kambal Haasan”. It takes a special kind of crackpot brain to come up with inspired nonsense like that, and at least in theory, Rohit Shetty’s Cirkus has a lot of inspired nonsense. Sanjay Mishra is in terrific form as a high-society man who speaks Hindi with a strange English accent. He gets this line: “Samundar mein susu karne se tsunami nahin hota.” This happens very early in the film, and I lit up. As I said, it takes a special kind of crackpot brain to come up with inspired nonsense like that.

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