12 December 2014 | Razor_2005
Any doubts over Ranbir Kapoor's stardom must be erased after watching 'Besharam'. If any other actor had done this film, it would have sparked a national outrage; propaganda YouTube channels would have spewed gormless parodies; the entire nation would have been seized with moral panic. But since it is helmed by Ranbir Kapoor, everything is swept under a bulging carpet. Indian audience likes playing chamchas (sycophants) to a given actor at a time. It's Ranbir's time now; it's Ranbir's rule — until they set their sights on firmer flesh.
Critics panned 'Besharam', audience rejected it and box-office figures were acutely deficient. So, by all yardsticks it was a failure, yet everything was hushed off. There was not a single protest from the country obsessed with panning films; there was no misgiving from the audience that lusts for blood.
Ranbir is a fine actor but comparisons with the legends like Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan are downright snobbish and far-fetched. This flatulence manifests in 'Besharam', for it's not just a shoddy film but frozenly shoddy. Ranbir Kapoor is an epic miscast and he overacts like never before. He just doesn't cut out as a crude, creepy larcenist. Ranveer Singh or Nawazuddin Siddiqui would have been apt for this character. It's hypothetical, of course, for it would have been a regretful move for their careers.
Abhinav Kashyap comes from the generation of new-age auteurs. He wants to be objective. He loves flawed characters. The trouble here is that he strives for objectivity without backing it up with any substance, just because objectivity considered a respectable trait in the dogma of modern cinema. In the process, he glorifies ostentation and feet-worships peer-pressure. Tara (Pallavi Sharda) takes a hefty loan to buy a luxury car, just because she has to attend a friend's wedding. We are told that it's a lowbrow practice to attend a wedding in a 'normal' car. It's hard to sympathise with such an insecure, snobbish character when her car gets stolen. Moreover, because of his misguided fixation on flawed relationships, he butchers the chemistry between the two leads, which is one of the biggest flaws of this film. (He handled flawed relationships and dysfunctional families so well in 'Dabangg'.)
Pallavi Sharda does not impress. It does not help that her character is a pompous bore. Javed Jaffery does not impress as the antagonist. His character is poorly written like rest of the film. It is unclear whether is his character is a sinister villain or a buffoon. Amitosh Nagpal does not impress. Rishi Kapoor is wasted. His 'mujra' to adopt the kid reeks of ageism. The toilet humour is totally out of context.
Kashyap is hopelessly tentative about the fight scenes. Perhaps Ranbir Kapoor intends to do a proper action film before showing his pugilistic side to the audience. As a result, the fight scenes are ineptly undeveloped, with a knotted Ranbir Kapoor springing up and down like an ungainly dancer. It's appropriate that he hasn't done an action film: he would be as misfit in an action film, as Salman Khan would be in an Alfred Hitchcock's film.