2 June 2005 | shariqq
Another Failed Attempt by Shaad Ali
Shaad Ali, the son of the wonderful director Muzaffar Ali (Umrao Jaan, Gaman, Anjuman), and the Assistant Director to Mani Ratnam graduated to become a director in the sorry Saathiya - which he follows up with another sorry fare: B&B
In this movie, Bunty (Abhishek Bachchan) and Babli(Rani Mukherjee) are two dreamers from their respective small towns who, tired of the limited aspirations of their parents, "run away" to explore their dreams. As is inevitable, they bump into each other soon enough, form a bond, and spend the rest of the movie together. Realizing big dreams are good for small towns only they resort to conning, and become the celebrated "Bunty aur Babli" for their ludicrous scams and cons, never wearing a mask, and yet never being recognized. Cue: DCP Dashrath Singh (Amitabh Bachchan), the man who MUST catch them - he seems to be the only intelligent cop. Figure the rest - no surprises.
I have a very weird thought that Shaad Ali may have seen Catch Me If You Can and decided to make candy-floss (or Laddoo-Jalebi) out of it. Shaad should stop making movies, really. He just does not have it in him. And maybe, just maybe, after this movie he may actually never be able to make a movie again anyway.
Amitabh Bachchan is in over-drive. The Big B is clearly over-excited at being in the same movie with his son, and he ruins it by over-acting in every scene. Or the lack of a director left him directionless. Rani Mukherjee is in the movie, in rural-kurtas with the deepest neck I have ever seen. She looks the 21-year old Babli like any other 28-year old would. Abhishek is the only performer in the movie, doing justice to his role. His comic timing is good, and with Yuva & Dhoom, this actor proves yet again that he is growing with every next movie. The Shankar-Ehsan-Loy songs are all a mess, and this is the worst job Gulzar has ever done. After the wonderful soundtrack from Saathiya, I expected this movie to have at least one decent composition, but. The choreography & costumes are also third-rate; it features some of the weirdest gyrations in the weirdest apparels I have ever seen.
One thing I did like about the movie was the background sounds. Almost every scene is accompanied by a song playing in the background - from "Kabhi Kabhi" to "Mai Hoon Don!" to "Pinjre Wali Muniya". These songs suit each scene so well, that very soon I was playing a guessing game when each scene started.
For a movie of this kind, I did the best thing possible - went with a group of 16 and loudly enjoyed the movie for everything it didn't have. If you were in the same screen as my gang, I'm sure you realize how much fun we had.
My Rating ---> 2 of 5 (for Small B & the sheer fun I had)