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Mr Joe B Carvalho – Bollywood Film Review

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Mr. Joe B. Carvalho

A comedy of errors. It is the story of a detective Mr Joe B Carvalho who aspires to be like his father, who was a famous detective of his times.

Detective Joe B Carvalho (Arshad Warsi) gets silly assignments and he is honest enough to accept the fact that an important case would be rarely coming his way. Detecting people misusing their cable connection or catching the milkman mixing water in the milk.

He gets a call one day, and a rich man gives Joe the task of finding his daughter who has eloped with an elderly cook, The rich man pays him Rupees 20,000 and that’s a big amount for this petty detective.

Joe is all set to accomplish his task that in the process, the Lady Inspector Shantipriya (Soha Ali Khan) mistakes him for the dreaded Henchman Carlos.

This Lady Dabangg Inspector is just ready to romp around in skimpily clad dancer’s costume and shake her legs at the discotheque. When she isn’t doing that, she tries to seduce the single-and-not-looking , detective – Joe.

Carlos (Jaaved Jaafri) is entrusted for eliminating a man who is to marry a beautiful girl. He makes an entry as the jhaaduwali bai who is on the hunt for anyone taking his name. In other scenes, Carlos uses disguise now and then, to reach to the supari killer who is out to eliminate him. How could anyone in the world think so?

This comedy film is a disaster. It has irritating, silly gags and punches which aren’t witty nor funny.

It is only Arshad Warsi who shows some seriousness in the character he plays. The other realistic one is that of Vijay Raaz. Rest, all of them seem to adapt to improvisation and use their own imagination to dish out the pathetic gags.

Soha Ali Khan tries too hard to look sexy and she falls flat. Why doesn’t this talented young lady stick to show off her prowess in acting, and stop aping those young kittens who really have a body to show off.

Jaaved Jaaferi is a big disappointment in Joe B Carvalho. How could he accept such a role? This talented actor was last seen in a major role in the yet to be released BMW, Bombay’s Most Wanted. Is it the same Jaaved? He ought to take a serious attitude while signing films.

Joe is single and stays with his visually impaired mother (Himani Shivpuri). She is actually blind, and Joe doesn’t want her to think so. Now the script is so badly written that they find any space or a character to fill in a gag or a giggle, not leaving the poor old blind lady too.

The humour is so bad, that they want us to laugh at a physically challenged person too. She is shown an falling down from the first floor balcony of her house and Joe isn’t bother to run and save her. Even then she is shown as if nothing happened in the previous scene.

Debutant director Samir Tewari’s leap into bollywood lands him on the wrong foot for sure with Joe B Carvalho.

To sum it up in brief, we produce the most popular dialogue of the film – ‘ Maut, Potty aur Carlos kahin bhi aa saktey hai’. Translated it means, Death, Sh** and Carlos can appear / happen any time.

Do you need more examples? Better, lets forget it…

Cast of Joe B Carvalho:

Arshad Warsi as Joe B. Carvalho
Soha Ali Khan as Lady Inspector Shantipriya Phadnis
Jaaved Jaaferi as the dreaded Carlos
Vijay Raaz as Monty Kalra aka M.K
Shakti Kapoor as Khurana
Vrajesh Hirjee as Hira
Rajesh Balwani as Moti
Geeta Basra as Gehna
Karishma Kotak as Neena
Ranjeet as Anil Virani (Fire Crackers)
Himani Shivpuri as Joe’s Mom
Manoj Joshi as Commissioner Pandey
Snehal Dhabi as General Kopa Kabana
Virendra Saxena as Naidu
Babul Supriyo as Malik


Credits of Joe B Carvalho:

Banner – BR Entertainment
Directed by Samir Tewari
Produced by Bhola Ram Malviya, Shital Malviya
Story, Screenplay by Mahesh Ramchandani
Music by Amartya Rahut
Cinematography Aseem Bajaj
Editing by Dharmendra Sharma
Action – Ravi Verma
Costume Designer – Tanya Pal
Executive Producer – Ramesh Bokade