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Bol Bachchan Review

Bol Bachchan
Nupur Barua /
Can watch again
Good for kids
Good for dates
Wait for OTT
Rohit Shetty recently stated that he does not care much for critics, because they over-react to his films by questioning the lack of intellectual fare. If his latest offering, Bol Bachchan, is anything to go by, the action-comedy director seems to think that his target audience lacks any intelligence, and the record-breaking advance booking collections only add to his conviction.

Abbas Ali (Abhishek Bachchan) is caught in a dilemma (through most of the film) - his relatives have seized his father's property, and his sister, the art director Sania (Asin), is his biggest responsibility. Why she cannot work and sustain both her brother and herself is not explained, but now enters their father's old friend Shastri (Asrani), who offers Abbas a chance to rebuild his life at Ranakpur.

From the looks of it, Ranakpur is a fort town, and seems to be ruled by the pehelwan zamindar/thakur (of sorts), Prithviraj Raghuvanshi (Ajay Devgn). He is intimidating, to say the least, but he has a heart of gold that forgives every crime, except dishonesty.

Shastri tries to get Abbas a job as an accountant to Prithvi, but before the two men can meet, an incident forces Shastri's son to introduce Abbas as "Abhishek Bachchan". This is followed by a sequence in which Abbas narrates to Prithvi how every important event in his family coincided with an Amitabh Bachcan release, and that therefore his parents decided to name him thus.

Prithvi is impressed by Abhishek/Abbas, and employs him. The desperate Abbas keeps spinning a web of lies, albeit reluctantly, till he comes this close to losing his mind and job.

Bol Bachchan is Rohit Shetty's tribute to Hrishikesh Mukherjee's classic, Golmaal (not to be confused with Shetty's own franchise of films). Life imitates art as Abbas finds himself forced to invent a gay twin brother without a moustache, a mother who is actually a nautanki artiste, an aunt who is actually the same artiste; and then juggles these lives to ensure that Prithvi does not suspect a thing.

As far as concepts go, this is one of Shetty's most interesting movies yet. However, he over-emphasises the Golmaal effect by not only showing footage from the original movie, but also by getting Ravi to stage a play on the same movie - which becomes an inspiration for the charade.

In the process of spoon-feeding the audience, the director makes the movie tedious and never-ending. The track of Prithvi's evil cousin is unnecessary, even when the villain kidnaps Prithvi's sister Radhika (Prachi Desai), twice.

The mindless dialogues form the humour element, and there is not much to write home about the comedy. In fact, Prithvi's supposedly funny English is so forced that it becomes predictable. And somebody please remind the director that it is no longer funny to be homophobic.

Then again, the movie is for the masses, and political correctness is not important. The music is forgettable, and the costumes are staid, despite all that colour. The movie may just bring back the dhoti-salwar from the 1980s, though.

The production design is typical of a Rohit Shetty movie - think Singham and all the Golmaal movies. The cinematography is credible, and the action sequences are obvious wire-work choreography, but enjoyable, nonetheless. There are more high-speed sequences than you would like, but they provide a distraction from the incredulous sequence of events that form the plot of the film.

Amitabh Bachchan introduces the movie in the title song, and stresses that he is not in the movie, but that his name is. By this, he means his son, of course. Make no mistake - this is an Abhishek Bachchan movie, and he seems to be having a blast. He gets all the lines, and the romantic track. Ajay Devgn is there for the action, and for some poker-faced humour, but he is almost sidelined by the Junior Bachchan.

Asin and Prachi Desai have nothing much to do - the latter at least gets kidnapped, and shows some fire in her performance, relatively. Asin makes inane faces, and her character is absolutely dispensable.

Krishna Abhishek has a pivotal role in the movie, but he overacts most of the time (in a bid to showcase his talents, no doubt, before the industry forgets about him again). He is irritating most of the time. The humour is best portrayed by Asrani and Archana Puran Singh, who go over the top but manage to be funny. Neeraj Vora could have done with some more importance - his character is, after all, the only one who is wise enough to see through all the lies - but he makes an impact nevertheless.

Bol Bachchan is not a patch on the Golmaal movies, but if you have three hours to spare for an assault on your senses, then watch it, by all means. Some bits may even get a titter out of you, but go with minimum expectations if you want to enjoy the film.
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  • Cast
    Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan, Asin, Prachi Desai, Asrani, Krishna Abhishek, Archana Puran Singh, Neeraj Vora
  • Music
    Ajay Gogavale, Atul Gogavale, Himesh Reshammiya
  • Director
    Rohit Shetty
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
Can watch again - Yes
Good for kids - No
Good for dates - Yes
Wait for OTT - Yes
Kris on 13th Jul 2012, 4:06pm | Permalink
I can't believe the reviewer hated this movie so much... but then to make sure of her choices, I went through the movies she rated previously and alas, I find that I couldn't care much less about the reviewer's rating...
Let me explain myself...
Yes, this is a mindless comedy and it entertains to the last minute... even the sentiment enacted out of place in the movie felt so funny and if you don't think much and get along with the flow of the movie, it was a pleasant surprise...
Ajay Devgn was surprisingly awesome in his role as golden hearted, tough acting village headman and his obsession with giving one-liners in absurd English leaves you in splits... If someone says "Necessity is the mother of Discovery Channel" suddenly, that too in a scene which has to be considered sentimental...
Yeah, the script and the story is not that strong but the screenplay more than compensates...
Some criticism on the review:
1) The brother and sister pair has a strong reason to leave Dilli, Abbas Ali assaulted an advocate and he's facing a jail term and as Asrani clearly mentioned, being amongst those people who cheated them is not a good idea for the sake of Abhi's temper...
2) The film takes inspiration from Golmal and hence there's a recurring theme built into the movie reminding us continuously of the great movie
3) The villain's character is pretty important in the movie indirectly, even though the screen time is less... It's because of the villain, the heroes get a chance to show off their machismo and thereby the male-bonding begins... triggering all the absurdity...
3) Prithvi's linguistic attempts when he thinks he's ready to make a statement is so funny that we'd wait in anticipation on how he'd murder English in his next interpretation...
4) It is funny to be homophobic... If you don't get it, you are probably too homophilic...
5) You're right when Krishna Abhishek overacts... But he's not irritating, whenever he overacts, it's a signal that some more absurdity is about to get triggered and that's what the movie is all about...
6) It's definitely not an assault on the senses and you can watch the movie safely and would definitely leave the theater with a smile on your face
Yes, this is an Abhishek Bachchan's movie, but Ajay Devgn put up a strong performance as well and this is his best comedy appearance till date...
Note: I'm 29, my wife is 24, we both enjoyed the movie at Cinemax and our fellow movie watchers seemed to do so based on the response...

Pros: Abhishek Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Mindless Comedy
Cons: Too less emphasis on logic but who cares...
Nupur Barua on 20th Jul 2012, 10:07pm | Permalink
Hi Kris...I have absolutely no illusions about the movie being a flop. Of course it is a superhit, like all Rohit Shetty movies. I did not hate the movie...and you may not believe me when I say that I was trying to be unbiased, but, according to you, my negativity was too strong, and you have a point. I am not a critic, just a reviewer, and I watch all sorts of movies (I love Andaz Apna Apna, for example, and that is the silliest movie ever).

I agree with all of your points and arguments, because you, like me, are entitled to your opinion. However, I do have a problem with the whole silly gay thing, and I am neither homophobic nor homophilic. I am not saying it is not funny, I just thought it was overdone.

I am sorry you do not care about my previous reviews...and I will make a conscious effort to be a little less negative about movies that will become blockbusters. Again, I was reviewing the story and the acting, and not once did I say that I hated it, nor did I say that it would be a flop...and yes, the 'assault on the senses' bit was uncalled for, so for that I apologise to you, to your wife, and to all the fans who loved the movie. Cheers.
Kishore on 21st Jul 2012, 12:48pm | Permalink
Andaz Apna Apna is not the silliest movie ever :). It was an attempt at making a loud and mindless comedy, and it worked quite well.
Nupur Barua on 21st Jul 2012, 6:04pm | Permalink
I don't mean silly in a negative way...I mean silly in the sense that it was mindlessly funny. :-) Will have to stop saying things that seem negative, when, in fact, that it is not my intention.
Portuguese Man-of-War on 13th Jul 2012, 7:47pm | Permalink
Agree that the rating seems harsh - the movie seems to be a hit from all that I hear. And Nupur needs to get her understanding of audiences right. Rohit Shetty has barely had a flop ever.
veturisarma on 8th Jul 2012, 12:29am | Permalink
your link is pointing to JD Chakravarthy's Golmaal on 8th Jul 2012, 1:09pm | Permalink
@veturisarma: Thank you :). We've fixed that.
Kris on 13th Jul 2012, 4:09pm | Permalink
The link is still pointing to the wrong movie... :D on 13th Jul 2012, 7:46pm | Permalink
You're right - we do not have a review for the Amol Palekar film, and I think we've been screwing up repeatedly :).
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