Daddy CoolCast: Suniel Shetty, Aftab Shivdasani, Aarti Chabria, Aashish Chaudhary, Kim Sharma, Sophie Choudhary, Rajpal Yadav, Tulip Joshi, Javed Jaffrey, Prem Chopra; Director: K. Murli Mohan Rao; Rating: 0.5 out of 5.

Director K Murali Mohan Rao’s Daddy Cool is a misguided copy paste job of Frank Oz’s incredibly funny ‘Death at a Funeral’, if you’ve seen the original avoid the remake, and if you haven’t, avoid it like plague.

Although the posters of Daddy Cool themselves make it pretty obvious that it is a straight lift from ‘Death at a funeral’, some moviegoers are bound to be conned. What in the world are Sunil Shetty, Jaaved Jaffery and especially Chunky Pandey doing in this film? Didn’ Chunkey make a decent return to comedy in Sankat City? Daddy Cool is neither funny nor interesting, the filmmakers might as well have released a dubbed version of the original.

StillThe filmmakers go so far as to have the same characters, including the vertically challenged Rajpal Yadav, a direct lift from the short guy in the original. The inclusion of Kim Sharma and Sophie Chowdhary doesn’t exactly make the film any less turgid. Coming to the story, the film is set at the funeral of Sharat Saxena, a respectable gentleman now survived by his two sons Sunil Shetty and Ashish Chowdhry. Enter Rajpal Yadav, a mysterious guy with a secret that can compromise Sharad Saxena’s honour.

In exchange for his silence, Rajpal tries to blackmail the sons by asking them to hand over a part of the property to him. Naturally chaos ensues and shit happens – no really, Prem Chopra shits on Jaaven Jaffery’s hands (a scene which was also present in the original film, but was much funnier in that context). Everything else remains the same, including the naked rooftop scene, the pregnant fiance, and the embarrassing mess during the last rites.

Although the music is passable, the acting in Daddy Cool is achingly terrible, as the characters resort to making funny faces for the sake of inducing laughs. Daddy Cool surpasses ‘Khamosh : Khauf Ki Khaufnak Raat’ (remake of ‘Identity’) in terms of horrendous Hollywood remakes. For its lack of originality and humour, Daddy Cool gets just half a star.

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