MUMBAI: The first half of Bol Bachchan is almost
like Part II of Singham. It is totally South-influenced,
with Ajay Devgn playing a mofusil landlord, who controls
his town and people and who travels with a cavalcade
of half a dozen SUVs of same make, model and colour.
His only detractor is his own blood, a cousin.
villain, Jeetu Verma, does not matter because he is
just an excuse to show Devgn's fighting prowess.
Ajay Devgn, Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd.
Director: Rohit Shetty.
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan, Asin,
Prachi Desai, Asrani, Archana Puran Singh, Krishna,
Neeraj Vora, Jeetu Verma.
Devgn is a wrestler; he is all brawn and no brains.
Like in all his Golmaal films, he is the Big Moose character
from Archie comics who just flashes his muscles while
the others are funny. He can't make you laugh for the
life of it. He is laughed at and you join in most of
the time; he is made a fool of and you enjoy it initially
till it all gets senile and childish as the film progresses.
Shetty picks an old classic, Golmaal, a 1979 Hrishikesh
Mukherjee hit and decides to make his own version based
on it. So here is Abbas Ali (Abhishek Bachchan), who
has been conned out of his own taxi as well as the house
he possesses in Delhi by some conniving loan sharks.
With Hindi films being the flag bearers of secularism,
his father's best buddy, Asrani, tells Abhishek that
more than buddies, he and Abhishek's father were like
brothers and offers to take him to his native Ranakpur
where a job is waiting for him at Devgn's estate. Ajay
Devgn rules the land with his own laws and diktats but
he is his people's beloved for his fair ways. So what
if he takes along a posse of musclemen to punish a worker
who conned him of 99 rupees.
arrived in Ranakpur, Abhishek makes his presence felt
instantly when he breaks the lock of a disputed temple
to save a child who has fallen in a lake in the temple
premises. He catches Devgn's eye for his brave act.
He is introduced to him as Abhishek Bachchan instead
of Abbas by his sidekick, Krishna, as the mob that has
gathered to watch the event would not take lightly to
a Muslim breaking open a temple door even if to save
a child. This sets the ball rolling for the lie after
lie they tell Devgn and more lies to cover the previous
lie. Devgn is generous and lenient but deception is
one thing he punishes brutally. Abhishek the Abbas is
devout and keeps roza and his lie is almost found out
as Devgn and his yes man, Neeraj Vora, see him offering
the Eid namaaz.
far Bol Bachchan was fun and games but this is
where the director decides to fall back on the 1979
Golmaal as Abhishek wriggles out of the namaaz episode
by saying it must be his brother, Abbas who was offering
the namaaz; he does not sport a moustache which Abhishek
does. What is more, Abbas is gay. Devgn, the soft heart
do-gooder that he is, also wants to employ waylaid Abbas/Abhishek
to teach his sister, Prachi Desai, classical dance.
Thereafter, the writers and director go berserk and
there is a double role galore; Asin, who plays Abbas/Abhishek's
siter has two identities too, so does Archana Puran
Singh and you forget who else! With Devgn having a sister
and Abhishek Bachchan too having one, a cross connection
is obvious. Both guys love the others' sister; Abhishek
loves Prachi Desai because of no apparent reason and
Devgn loves Asin because she is a pixel for pixel look
alike of his deceased girlfriend! Even the late Manmohan
Desai would not have found this worth trying; and he
was the king of make-believe!
truth has to come out someday and, when it happens,
it is on a car balancing on a mountain boulder. The
problem is that it is a long drawn sequence with poor
audio. Humour, if any in this scene, is lost. What is
more, such a sequence needs avant-garde special effects
and, on that count, the scene is shoddy.
Shetty was good with his Golmaal series but this
time he has taken his audience for granted and dished
out an imbecile, banal stuff; he has lost his direction
to put it mildly. Script goes haywire and an editor
is sorely missed in this 154-minute marathon of forced
comedy. First half is tolerably fun but second half
is a farce. The film lacks totally on music, emotions
and romance, the three vital ingredients in an Indian
film. The item song at the start of the film with Amitabh
Bachchan is uninspiring and a waste.
is not a performance film really and, considering that,
Ajay Devgn just about passes muster as Mr Duh. Abhishek
Bachchan is okay as Abhishek Bachchan but totally at
sea as the gay Abbas; he is just not made to play gay.
Prachi Desai and Asin are just decorative pieces and
bad ones at that. Archana Puran Singh and Krishna ham
all the way through. Only good performances come from
Asrani and Neeraj Vora.
Bachchan has a rather huge price tag attached to
it and with average opening and uncomplimentary reports,
it will fall way short of its recovery target.