The best thing about Rohit Shetty's Bol Bachchan is that neither the makers nor the actors take themselves too seriously- everyone is having a good time and it shows. Bol Bachchan, though mindless, is deliciously irreverent and entertains.
A remake of sorts of the classic Amol Palekar Utpal Dutt comic caper Golmaal, Bol Bachchan has Abhishek Bachchan playing Abbas Ali, who is forced to lie about his religion and about having a twin gay dancer brother to Ajay Devagn, a good at heart village headman. One lie leads to a dozen more ensuing in lots of confusion. There is a love angle too between the two heros and their respective sisters. And yes, there is some outrageous action to boot.
Keeping the essence of the original's plot idea, Director Rohit Shetty garnishes his film with some blindingly gaudy sets, ear shattering action and juvenile jokes and punch lines. What does work here however is the spoof-like treatment meted out to the story and characters.
Nothing is sacrosanct here. From Big B's Anthony Gonzalves to Junior B's Dostana act and the fact that he remains much in his father's shadow as an actor, everything is spoofed and in good humor. The directors earlier outing Singham too is carried on in the action pieces and jumping thumping cars in the climax.
Ajay Devgn as Prithvi is competent and switches from serious emotional scenes to carefree buffoonery with ease. It is however Abhishek Bachchan as Abhishek/Abbas who steals the show. His comic timing is bang on, he is not afraid of making a fool of himself and visibly has a lot of fun with his role. His dance sequence as Abbas is the highlight, so is the rip-roaringly funny English mouthed by Ajay. Asin has pretty much nothing to do that look pretty, while Prachi Desai brightens up the dull portions of the movie with her smile. Archana Pooran Singh as Zohra/Madhumati and Krishna as Ravi are the other two actors who though over the top manage to tickle the funny bone.
That there are gaping holes in the plot is evident, so is the intent of the makers not to recreate a subtle comic classic but to cater to the least common denominator with a sub zero IQ level. So despite being poor and in debt, Asin manages to wear the choicest of ethnic wear and jewelry and every scene is a riot of colors. Yet, Bol Bachchan shows sparks of brilliance, like the ode to Karzz in the climax, that are enough to pull it above Akshay Kumar-Sajid Khan brand of slapstick.
Go watch this with a bunch of friends and you would end up smiling at the end of the movie for sure.