The film is inspired by Hrishikesh Mukherjee's 1979 classic comedy Gol Maal. Abbas Ali and his sister , Sania, shift base to Ranakpur after they lose their ancestral property in Delhi. Abbas gets a job under Prithviraj Raghuvanshi. Circumstances force Abbas to lie to Prithvi about his identity. To avoid getting caught, furthe...more
The film is inspired by Hrishikesh Mukherjee's 1979 classic comedy Gol Maal. Abbas Ali and his sister , Sania, shift base to Ranakpur after they lose their ancestral property in Delhi. Abbas gets a job under Prithviraj Raghuvanshi. Circumstances force Abbas to lie to Prithvi about his identity. To avoid getting caught, further lies are told and a madcap comedy ensues. less
“A light mindless entertainer which will leave you in splits! Watch Ajay Devgn in top form and Abshishek Bachchan showing off his comedic abilities. One time watch.”
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I genuinely enjoy commercial cinema. While I do think cinema is an art form. Its doesnt always have to be. Especially when it replaces logic with fun. Bollywood has perfected the art of making bad movies. As long as there is some art involved, it must not be dismissed. Even by those who snobbishly call themselves critics.
The movie started off badly. But that's my experience with almost every Rohit Shetty movie. Until Shetty takes out his secret weapon, the film doesn't really take off. In Singham, it was only when the action started that the film really took off. In Bol Bachchan, the jokes at the start didn't even warrant a chuckle, they seemed stale; the ones you've heard before. Only after the comedy hijacks the plot, after it is done with the humdrum exposition, the movie really starts doing what it set out to do: To entertain. He quickly wants to get over with introducing his characters and get to the good part. He's always been a latecomer, but when he arrives, he stays. Rohit Shetty is synonymous with guilty pleasures. Bol Bachchan is another entry in his cannon.
The plot of Bol Bachchan is loosely based on Gol Maal (1979). The blueprint is the same. Amol Palekar pretends to be two people, here Abhishek Bachchan does. The funny thing is one of his fake identities is also called Abhishek Bachchan. The screwball bundle of lies is hatched. Ajay Devgn plays Prithvi. Hes the one being lied to. We know how it goes, dont we? But thats where the test lies. When a plot that has been horribly overdone is still making you laugh, you know something has been done right. Although, the third act falters a bit. But really? In a film like this you care about a third act?
The best part about the film is that it doesn't take itself seriously. It references other movies including the original Gol Maal, Amitabh Bachchan movies, Thakur (from Sholay) and the quintessential mother that Rakhee was known to play. It even references Shetty's own films. It isn't the plot that makes the movie, it is these little quirks. Ajay Devgns character- Prithvi loves to speak English, except he is unaware of how ridiculously wrong it is. His one-liners are flat out hilarious. (Thanks for the Complan boy!) I dare you to not laugh at them. Abhishek Bachchan is also at his comic best. He takes a leaf out his Dostana act but never dumbs it down, even while it is more crass and silly.
Rohit Shetty could be one of the filmmakers who hold the beacon of commercial potboilers with their head held high. He never makes any claims about making a Pather Panchali (1955). He isn't Satyajit Ray and doesn't want to be. Guess what, most filmmakers who think they are, are so amazingly delusional that they actually end up making worse movies. I'm not one to pity-like those movies rationalizing it by saying "At least they tried something different". I'm not one to dumb myself down and call Bol Bachchan a masterpiece. But I do believe in Yoda- "Do or do not, there is no try". Most filmmakers only try, doing lots of bol bachchan about themselves and their films. Rohit Shetty is a doer. He makes good commercial films. Every year since 2008. Give me this film over a bad film that thinks it is great. Any day.