While I have enjoyed most of Rohit Shettys mindless comedies & even that one Singham in between, his new outing Bol Bachchan has some of the worst trailers I have seen in the last 5 years. While I sat in the cinema hall, I had my fingers crossed and hoped for that it will make me laugh. Did it?
This one is a below average fare but has some hilarious moments.
While the base plot of BB has been borrowed from the 1979 classic & my favorite Golmaal (Hrishikesh Mukherjee), Rohit Shetty has taken it & incorporated it in present day.
Abbas Ali (Abhishek) & Sania (Asin) are deep in financial burden. To salvage their lives, they land up at Ranakpur village on the insistence of an elderly Shastri Chacha (Asrani). Once here they learn that the lie-hating Prithviraj Raghuvanshi(Ajay Devgn) calls the shots & ofcourse, Abbas Ali is going to keep lying because that's the whole plot.
From there on, we look at Abhisheks love angle with Prithvis sister Radhika (Prachi) & Ajay Devgns english shenanigans, as he loves converting hindi to english in his own random ways.
The films is around 2.5 hours and is surely 25 minutes too long. The second half stretches and trimming would do this film wonders.
Visually, you have Rohits boy Dudley to keep it colorful as he always does. One big problem is the music by Himesh R, which is just bad.
According to me, the star of the show & the hidden gem in this one of the smaller characters Ravi, portrayed by TV comedian Krushna. He has incredible timing and is surely one to watch out for.
Ajay Devgn is funny in parts and Abhishek Bachchan is extremely patchy. He surely has a few great scenes but doesnt quite maintain the momentum.
Prachi looks prettier than Asin, both of whom have little to offer in this film
Director Rohit Shetty doesnt quite craft a winner. While I know he doesnt care much for critics, here is one who actually likes his films. This one doesn't floor me but has decent doses of laughter.
To sum it up,
Bol Bachchan is a movie which has scenes that will have you in splits,a narrative muddled with unnecessary banter, random murder of english, a gay Abhishek Bachchan somewhere & more.
Similar to liking anything you eat when youre very hungry, watch it when youre really bored. You will laugh.