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Bittoo Boss lacks in content and imagination

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MUMBAI: Bittoo Boss is an attempt at making one of those cute movies that work once in a while. It is about an innocent and hard working but confident boy and a rich, with-it girl.

Pulkit Samrat is a videographer covering weddings. He has made a reputation for having a special knack for capturing the spirit and happiness around wedding events. So much so that muhurat would be overlooked if he was late to arrive at the venue.

Producers: Kumar Mangat Pathak, Abhishek Pathak.

Director: Supavitra Babul.

Pulkit Samrat, Amita Pathak.



But Pulkit Samrat is a hero right out of 1960s films, a simpleton and clean of heart. At one such wedding he sees Amita Pathak and is besotted by her.

Soon, he is chasing her instead of chasing work. But the taming of the shrew is not easy; she will have none of his charming ways until, finally, she sees a video shot by him and as a result reciprocates his love! Coming from a rich, high society family, however, she wants him to do something more worthy and attain monetary success. With intent to help him out, she uses her own clout at a local TV channel to get him work but only manages to get him humiliated.

Samrat, now determined to make it big, agrees to shoot porn films of honeymoon couples on the sly but the good soul that he is, he ends up doing something good for his targeted victims. Like in old fashioned films, in a couple of short sequences at the end, not only does the hero paint those who Amita Pathak called high society black but he also ends up with a lucrative contract and a fat cheque from Mohan Kapoor, whose daughter‘s honour he had protected.

Bittoo Boss is a low budget film but that does not justify its low in content and imagination story and treatment. Using a lot of local Punjabi flavour and accent, its standard of narration is cheap.

The idea of comedy in the film is half a dozen girls vying with each other to tell the hero, ‘meri kab lega!‘ Musically ‘Kaun kenda ..‘ is a hummable number. Photography is passable. Editing is slack. Dialogue is routine. In performance, Pukit Samrat is impressive this being his first film. Amita Pathak is not heroine material. Rest are okay.

Bittoo Boss is not the cute movie it thinks it is and will find it tough to sustain come day two after release.

 

Chhodo Kal Ki Baatein has limited appeal

Producers: Balasaheb Bhapkar, Shashank Bhapkar.

Director: Pramod Joshi.

Stars: Anupam Kher, Sachin Khedeekar, Mrinalini Kulkarni, Atul Parchure, Anajan Shrivastav, Suresh Menon, Vijay Parkar, Rajesh Vivek.



Chhodo Kal Ki Baatein is a film on a contemporary businessman‘s life whose quest for success is never ending. So much so that he has no sense of priorities and neglects his family, his neighbours, and all social contact. There comes a time when his family revolts and he is left to fight the ghosts of his past acts.

The film is based on the Hollywood film Groundhog Day.

Sachin Khedekar is an IT professional who, having seen success, has got addicted to it and keeps on setting higher targets for him with every new success. For him the success is measured only in terms of the billions he can make. In the process, he has ignored his wife and a teenage daughter completely. His neighbours and their activities hardly exist for him except as a nuisance with their laughter club and cricket playing kids.

Giving priority to his business meet over his daughter‘s arangetram is the last straw as his wife and daughter walk out on him leaving him alone for the weekend; Sachin Khedekar starts the weekend with his friend, Atul Parchure, visiting bars but come night, he finds himself in a trap where every morning he wakes up to see the same newspaper and same sequence of events repeating while he is anxious to see Monday when he will sign a new Rs 1 billion deal. As his ordeal continues, Khedekar sets out to find a solution and meets Anupam Kher. With Anupam Kher, Khedekar learns to find happiness in life through various small things that he overlooked all the time.

The story is more personal and hence of limited appeal. Direction as well as the ambience is more Marathi-oriented since the film has also been made in Marathi. Performance wise, Sachin Khedekar is good while Anupam Kher excels.

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