How did the NRI youth withstand the 2008-09 recession and what all strange jobs some them were forced to do?
You will get an answer in debutant director Rohit Dhawan's film "Desi Boyz."
Two non-resident Indians in the UK, Nick Mathur (a banker, played by John Abraham) and Jerry Patel (a college dropout, played Akshay Kumar) are close friends. Nick pays house rent and other bills since Jerry has no proper job and jumps from one part time job to another.
Nick leads a happy life since he has a good job, and his fiancé Radhika (Deepika Padukone) contributes to his joy by her dream-wedding and honeymoon plan. But his happiness melts down as the financial meltdown begins and he loses his job.
Now the two out-of-jobs boys become male escorts under pseudonyms - Nick as Hunter and Jerry as Rocco. But Nick never tells his fiancé about this.
Though the first part of the movie is okay thanks to some fascinating developments, yet the second part has damaged the movie. Jerry's return to the university and the courtroom sequences are not convincing.
The screen chemistry between John Abraham and Akshay Kumar is perfect. While Akshay is earnest in his role, John takes off his role very lightly.
Deepika Padukone has come a long way and proves her potential as an actor. Chitrangada Singh fails to convince the audience.
Verdict - The movie lacks punch.