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Karan Anshuman (Filmmaker/movie critic),
Karan Anshuman is a film critic for Mumbai Mirror. He's worked on a bunch of movie projects, none of which you've ever seen...yet! He's a history, photography, squash, web 2.0, food, and gaming enthusiast who would trade his soul to travel the world.
BOL BACHCHAN: The Blob that is BolB
Director: Rohit Shetty; Cast: Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan, Asin Thottumkal, Prachi Desai, Archana Puran Singh
100 crores. Review over. Go on, go watch it. Bye bye.
If you’re still here, then well done. You understand the not-so-subtle point that box office collections have nothing to do with how good or bad a film is. No one film is for everyone and you’re not wrong to not be swayed by mass opinion.
Rohit Shetty’s Bol Bachchan is a remake of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Golmaal, this following a three part comic series going by the title of Golmaal that were remakes of films as varied as Priyadarshan’s Kakkakuyil (in turn inspired by A Wish Called Wanda) and BasuChatterjee’s Khatta Meetha. Throw in flying cars and buses and you get a measure of what to expect in Rohit Shetty’s mutant babies.
In Bol B, Abhishek Bachchan as Abbas Ali breaks a tabooed lock on a village temple, tempting vilification as a Muslim and is ‘saved’ last second by his friend when he is introduced as, well, Abhishek Bachchan. On this mildly xenophobic meta premise that never course corrects, Shetty builds with a doff of the hat and a wink to Mukherjee’s Golmaal with mistaken identity taking center stage amidst jokes involving fake moustaches and multiple mothers. Significantly, it must be added, he also introduces Ajay Devgn as the neighborhood muscleman and do-gooder who takes a shine to Bachchan’s sister only to be matched by Bachchan’s own romance with angry Devgn’s sister. Effrontery in symmetry.
The main problem with Bol Bachchan is that it unfolds like a play. There are literally a couple of sets where an overwhelming part of the action (and songs and dialogue exchanges) takes place. If you’ve experienced mainstream Hindi or Gujarati comedy theater (loud and forced comic situations devoid of experiment) you know precisely what to expect in BB. Even the genuinely funny bits are lost in a deluge of recycled jokes, preposterous situations, over the top ‘drama’ (you only know it’s drama because the background score suddenly spikes up to deafening levels), and – of course, how could a have a comic hit film without – offensive gay jokes.
Both Bachchan and Devgn strut their stuff with the confidence of lemmings on a cliff. They turn up the ham quotient at will. Abhishek’s colorful alter ego rendition is subtly done. Not. The women have tinier roles than vowels in Devgn’s life and appropriately enough, Archana Puran Singh is the only one who holds up her end.
So there you are. All the reasons to not watch Bol Bachchan. Now go make it a hit.
Read more Bollywood reviews by Karan Anshuman here.
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