‘Babumoshai Bandookbaaz’ movie review By DIVYA SOLGAMA
Our Hindi films are majorly divided into few categories. The first and popular one belongs to the mainstream films with known actors in main lead. The second one consists of all those small but meaningful or content driven films, which cater to niche and classy audience. The third category is of B-grade films with few known character actors photos pasted on the posters only to lure the audience. The list keeps deteriorating furthermore. In between one can see the fusion of few of the top categories and the most interesting one is when a well-known actor gets involved in a small budget or B-grade type of film. Many top actor’s right from Dharmendra, Jeetendra, Shatrughan Sinha, Govinda, Rajesh Khanna, Dev Anand, Nasseruddin Shah, Jackie Shroff, Mithun Chakroborty, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and others have at some point of their career made a mistake of working in a small production film or a B-grade film. In today’s times where the younger actors are planning their career with total precautions, there are few who manages to surprise us with their wrong associations. We all know that Nawazuddin Siddiqui has been involved with many small independent content driven films as well as big banner film. Not to forget all those small films which he did as a character actor. ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ changed the cards for this ace player and promoted him instantly to parallel roles in many big films. With the rising popularity, one also saw him doing lead roles in mainstream films like ‘Freaky Ali’, ‘Haramkhor’ or ‘Manjhi-The Mountain Man’. His latest film in the main role is ‘Babumoshai Bandookbaaz’, which is in the news for its censor based controversies and all those eye catching promos of songs. So, let’s find out whether ‘Babumoshai Bandookbaaz’ will be an exceptional film, which will set its own style or might end up being among the list of all those B-grade type of films starring good actors.
‘Babumoshai Bandookbaaz’ is set in the lawless heartland of India. Babu Bihari (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is a political contract killer. Babu falls in love with Phulwa (Bidita Bag) and helps her avenge the killing of her rapist. One of his old allies Dubey (Anil George) assigns Babu a fresh contract to eliminate top guys from the political camp of Sumitra (Divya Dutta). Babu considers Sumitra as his elder sister, thus Dubey also assigns a new shooter Banke Bihari (Jatin Goswami) for the same job. Banke introduces himself as a fan of Babu, but at the same time also want to overpower him by fulfilling his assignment. This leads to a strange competition between Babu and Banke, leading to a series of political happenings. What happens next is what the entire film is all about.
Screenplay & Technical Details:
The basic story idea might slightly remind you of Nana Patekar’s ‘Shagird’ and few such films. Though, ‘Babumoshai Bandookbaaz’ has its moments of originality in terms of its quirky humor in the initial part of the film followed by the fantastic characterization of Nawazuddin Siddiqui. There are few highly interesting scenes in the first half such as the whole competition track between Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Jatin Goswami followed by the assassination of Murli Sharma and Nawazuddin trying to damage his sandals in order to strike a conversation with Bidita. These scenes manage to keep you intrigued in the first half of the film. Sadly, the second half fails to enhance or even keeps it intact with the first half of the film. The movie goes on a downfall with back to back inconsistent screenplay, shoddy editing and forced twist and turns. The sexual scenes are cheaply presented only to titillate the audience. Some of these scenes are shot in ugliest manner, mainly due to the presence of Bidita Bag. Almost, every female in this movie has been presented with an unwanted cleavage display and mouthing bad words in every scene. The crime part is shown in the most convenient manner without any hardship. The logic and soul is nowhere to be found in the second half, where mindless drama, action and sex part keeps popping up at various intervals. The cinematography is average and goes fine with the flow of the film. Editing is weak, especially in the second half of the film.
The music is average, mainly due to ‘Barfani’ and ‘Khaali Khaali’. ‘Ghungta’, ‘Aye Saiyan’ and ‘Chulbuli’ fails to register. The background music is decent and goes well with the flow of the film.
Director Kushan Nandy tries to make a raw crime drama which, if had a better screenplay might have managed to create the right wonders. The humour in the initial part sets the right base for such movies. Sadly, the inconsistent screenplay, forced sexual tone and weak editing ruin the movie to its worst. Except Nawazuddin, everything else looked fake and forced in the film.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui is superb in his part and has managed to do his part with total grace. Bidita Bag’s cleavage is more expressive than her wooden acting. She is at her worst in all those scenes where she expresses her anger by just grinding her teeth and raising her manly eyebrows. Jatin Goswami is fine in his strong role, but fails to get inside its skin. His urban looks dilutes the impact. Anil George, Shraddha Das and Murli Sharma are wasted. Bhagwan Tiwari and Divya Dutta lends good support.
So on an overall basis ‘Babumoshai Bandookbaaz’, is like a blank cartridge which only makes a flash and an explosive sound due to its titillating promos and controversies related to the film. Remove Nawazuddin from this movie and it will look like all those B-grade type of films.
Rating – 2/5 [ Source – Bollywood Times]