Minty and Bubbly!
Yeh world hai na world… (This world)
Isme do tarah ke log hotey hai… (has two kinds of people)
Ek jo har fillum main logic-wogic doondthey rehtey hai… (a. Nitpicking Losers!)
Aur doosrey, jo har fillum ke magic ka maza lootthey hai… (b. Picnicking Revellers!)
Bunty aur Babli yeh doosre type ke logon liye bani hai.
Yes, this comic rollercoaster of a caper is wonly for those blessed with a generous sense of humour. You can’t help but like this film, simply because of the colourful characters and the casual air with which the charismatic actors carry off the roles.
Abhishek Bachchan rocks.
And, Biggie B shows us yet again why he’s still the BAAP of Bollywood!
The film starts off on a realistic note with the central characters stuck in sticky sentimental family situations. Vimmi’s (Rani) Dad wants her married and Rakesh’s (Abhishek) Dad wants him to become a ticket collector, just like him. Thus, Shaad Ali Sahgal sets the perfect stage for the characters to escape the claustrophoby and the monotone of the routine, regular everyday life.
Escape is what the film provides from the minute the characters run away from home and decide to take the easy way out: Con the world to fame.
Soon, the emotional sentimentality paves way for comicbook stylisation as Vimmi and Rakesh become Bunty aur Babli, the consters who have fun-on-the-run, one adventure after another, and one laugh-riot after the other. The one where they sell the Taj Mahal to the seventh richest man in the world is their crowning glory!
“I can’t believe that someone is selling the Taj Mahal,” says the phirang excitedly. “I can’t believe that someone is actually buying,” laughs Bunty.
As they play ‘Catch Me if You Can’ with Deputy Commissioner Dashrath (Amitabh Bachchan), they find the chase getting too close for their own comfort.
The chemistry between the lead pair is a delight. The romance is very understated, but Shaad Ali has also picturised one of the most beautiful kisses in Hindi cinema! If you’re already familiar with the songs, you are simply gonna love them more once you watch them!
Oh, the tributes are there in plenty. Shaadi Ali pays tributes to his mentor Mani Ratnam (Bombay, Alai Payuthey) and even old Bachchan fillums (Sholay, Don). Watch out for these brief lines, situations and choregraphy that work as fine salutes.
On the flip side, Bunty aur Babli is not clever. It totally banks on charm!
And it ends before you want it to, so much that it is almost an anti-climax. After a series of adventures, you would expect the action to snowball and end with the biggest con-job. Instead, the plot just fizzles out and turns politically correct.
Bunty aur Babli might not be a great film but it’s fun. Minty and bubbly it is!
Total timepass! Have a blast!
Your reviews are always genuine and I would watch the movie for that
Cant wait to watch it. Aby is getting better and better with each and every movie. I really liked his comedy with Rajpal and Boman in Waqt.
Rani and Abhi tried their hand at news-reading on NDTV 🙂
thanks for that vote of confidence!
oh bachchan saab rock and rolls in this one!! check out the item with aishwarya!!!
He’s just awesome!!
I missed the news.
how did they do??
i also missed season finale of Koffee with Karan cuz i went off for Bunty aur Babli!!
I’m a Puneite,who gets the Hindu a day late. But, the Friday review this week didn’t seem to have your reviews. Did I miss it? Is the review credited to you/Are there different versions of the hindu? 😉
Maybe they sound like dumb q, but I didn’t spot it.
Also, I’ve restarted my blog recently. Check it out n tell me what you think.
sudhish…gud review da…abt that ‘old’ debate abt the print v/s net n TV, im sorry…shows my age I guess…u wud have been the same when u were 20..!! Ur seoul story in sunday mag was gud.. And anniyans releasin on the 10th of june..got its story thru sms…dunno if true, but sounds good enuf. Srinivas.
They were a laugh riot!!
And wait a min, you actually have a STB?!?! idhukaagave I wanna become a journo in The Hindu! Ramya has one too!
Guess, you should be glad you missed KwK – the final show for this season:
Boring one. No usual embarassing questions for the guests and Karan was going ga-ga about AB and SRK all-through-the-show.
no, i guess pune gets a different edition of the paper!
Friday Review is usually localised. And im glad u didnt get to read those reviews! 🙂
what u sayin sorry for?? mental fellow! theres nothing to apologise there! 🙂
I didnt like the trailers of Anniyan that much. Hope the product is better!
we have STB at office…
But I dont have one at home! so we r in the same club!
Oh!! I hope the Best of the KwK series comes out on DVDs or VCDs. I’d love to pick that up!
Oh buddy, this was a good movie. Enjoyed it really. Aish’s song “Kajra Re” was soooperb!
Oh yes dude! It’s my current favourite, though I don’t like Ash all that much!!
The kajra re dance choreography is so cool that it will just make u wanna hit the dance floor n try out that step!! 🙂
i liked the movie more the second time around!