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July 6, 2012

Mouche ado about nothing

Filed under: Our FIlms — Rajeev @ 10:53 pm

July 06, 2012

Cast: Ajay Devgan, Abhishek Bachchan, Asin, Prachi Desai, Asrani, Archana Puran Singh, Krushna Abhishek

Director: Rohit Shetty

Bol Bachchan, directed by Rohit Shetty, revels gleefully in its silliness. This is a film whose pedestrian humor requires neither taste nor common sense to appreciate, and anyone seeking wit, a clever screenplay, or inspired performances might want to revisit Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Gol Maal, which Shetty plunders in the name of inspiration for this lazy film.

After losing their ancestral home to greedy relatives, Abbas Ali (Abhishek Bachchan) and his sister Sania (Asin) move to Ranakpur village on the insistence of their uncle (Asrani), in the hope of finding employment. The head of this village is the able-bodied-but-dim-witted Prithviraj Raghuvanshi (Ajay Devgan), a pehalwan who massacres the English language each time he opens his mouth, and who repeatedly claims to have an allergy to liars. Only fitting then that Abbas must find a job at Prithviraj’s haveli, but after adopting the fake name of Abhishek Bachchan, no less, for a reason too harebrained to get into here.

To cover up that one lie, Abbas inevitably ends up concocting more… He persuades a local mujra dancer (Archana Puran Singh) to pretend to be his mum, and he even invents a gay twin brother – sans moustache – who as it turns out, is promptly hired by Prithviraj as a kathak teacher for his sister Radhika (Prachi Desai).

Aside from such Rohit Shetty staples as exploding cars, and gravity-defying hand-to-hand fight scenes, Bol Bachchan is a different beast from the director’s previous films. Even if, like me, you weren’t a big fan of his Golmaal movies, you’d have to agree Shetty knew just how far to stretch a joke. In Bol Bachchan however, the running gag on Devgan’s clunky English gets tiresome after a point. And there’s little evidence of Shetty’s pacing skills either. Bol Bachchan plods on for 2 hours and 30 minutes, and huge portions of the film are yawn-inducing.

But it’s not entirely a write-off either. Archana Puran Singh gets some nice scenes to show off her comic chops, the writers throw in memorable punchlines from popular Amitabh Bachchan-starrers in all the right places, and Abhishek Bachchan loses much of his stiffness while playing a part (or two) that he seems to be actually enjoying. His limp-wristed, lip-biting portrayal of the effeminate twin is a complete cliché, but because of the actor’s stocky build, his body language alone is such a hoot! The women in this film have precious little to do, but Ajay Devgan sportingly plays along as the knucklehead leader of the village.

Bol Bachchan offers a few genuine laughs, but it’s too long and too labored to describe as a pleasing film. Shetty, who came up with some clever comic sketches particularly in his first and third Golmaal films, appears to be cashing in on past glory with this dull rehash of his successful work.

I’m going with two out of five for Bol Bachchan. Even if you’re a fan of Rohit Shetty’s cinema, it’s unlikely your chest will become a blouse over this one!

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)


  1. People go watch movies to forget their tensions for around 3 hours and to get some relax which this movie fulfills to so much extent . Many people don’t see movies to make some sense out of it .Movies should entertained you by any means . These movies are crossing 100 crore mark since they are liked by masses but not by people who likes sensible cinema . i agree there were some movies which have crossed 100 crore mark and were not enjoyable at all but this movie was enjoyable apart from some end scenes . Go and have some laugh in those 3 hours .

    Comment by vipul — July 13, 2012 @ 5:21 pm

  2. Good enjoyable movie
    nothing is wrong

    Comment by Jordan — July 14, 2012 @ 1:50 am

  3. Dina Pathak in the Hrishikesh Mukherjee film was a delight…. the way she gets inside the house through the kitchen window … in one scene she has to cover her high heels too… but this movie was too loud…why were the actors screaming?
    No matter what Rohit Shetty does… to his Golmaal series or make Bol Bachchan to pay tribute ….but the original Golmaal feat.Utpal Dutt, Amol Palekar definitely wins hands down…Dutt &Palekar were effortlessly funny…but here we have Jr. B… Krushna…. Archana Puran Singh & Devgan who was trying hard to be funny…

    Comment by Nandini — July 14, 2012 @ 9:34 am

  4. Really funny movie..desi humour though…but quite entertaining…and energy packed performances by everyone…total stress buster….atleast…3.5 stars!

    Comment by Vidgun — July 16, 2012 @ 6:25 am

  5. No commends are available for the great utpal dutt and Mol palekkar. This Golmal and Golmal returns are pathetic. Who try Rohit Shetty anymore…. just morons

    Comment by Ajber — July 17, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

  6. a relentless mood spoiler 😐 .. only archana is a respite..and yes abhishek too does a bit justice to his role..ajay’s english stint gets irritating after while ..not worth a watch @200 bcks in a hall..

    Comment by utkarsh — July 19, 2012 @ 11:23 am

  7. Absolutely correct… 2 star only for Ajay Devgan… 1 Star for the song … But again (-1) star for Abhishek Bachan. So total 2 stars…

    Comment by Abhijit M — July 24, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

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    Comment by Karthik Ganesan — July 28, 2012 @ 9:28 am

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