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July 2, 2011


Filed under: Our FIlms — Rajeev @ 12:12 am

July 01, 2011

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Prakash Raj, Hema Malini, Raveena Tandon, Sonal Chauhan

Director: Puri Jagannadh

Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap is positioned as the ultimate wet-dream for Amitabh Bachchan fans. Indeed it’s a loving showcase for the almost 69-year-old actor who gets to demonstrate to the world that he can still sing and dance and beat up the bad guys in style. (Not that we needed any convincing). The film’s director, Puri Jagannadh admits in the closing credits that the film’s been made by a fan, and is meant especially for fans of the evergreen superstar. Discerning viewers, more than likely, will wish the film had a little more to offer in terms of an engaging plot and interesting characters, in addition to the unabashed Bachchan-worship.

The story of this film is merely incidental. All you need to know is that Bachchan stars as Viju, a veteran Mumbai sharpshooter who returns to the city after a hiatus in Paris, and seeks employment in a gangster’s team. The plot is padded with such supporting characters as an ex-wife, an obsessive admirer, an inquisitive landlady, a menacing gangster, and a young cop. Each of them gets a fair share of screen-time, especially the cop (played by Sonu Sood) and the bad guy (played by Prakash Raj); but make no mistake, they’re side players in a one-man show.

Dressed outrageously, in mostly white suits and floral shirts, accessorized with multi-colored scarves and a pair of watches, Bachchan parodies some of his older films, the characters he played in them, and the lines he made famous. It’s a joy to watch him when he’s in on the joke, but when the film takes a turn for the serious, you realize exactly how silly the whole enterprise is. It is to the actor’s credit alone that he keeps you in your seat even as the film’s nonsensical plot unfolds at a leisurely pace.

Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap gets tiresome after a point, and the problem here is overkill. There is just so much fun you can have watching Bachchan beat up men half his age. Raveena Tandon is goofy as his long-time admirer, but the laughs wear thin when she flutters her eyelashes and practically drools over him for the fourth time in an hour. In contrast, the understated romantic track with Hema Malini is what the word ‘chemistry’ was invented to describe.

Amitabh Bachchan, the star, deserves a better tribute than Bbuddah. If you’re an unconditional fan though, you’ll make your peace with this one. I’m going with two out of five for director Puri Jagannadh’s Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap. It’s an inoffensive but lazy film that barely scratches the surface of this big, bright shining star.

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)


  1. Rajeev,

    Thumb down to you…and for using your chosen and decided phrase as “Tribute to big b”. Paid or professionally influenced feedback by you or guided by your employers don’t make you eligible or to them to say so number -1.

    Number -2, I feel sorry for trusting your honesty where u were right at times…but utmost wrong too..but always considered tht we live in today’s of freedom of expressions..but today believed that
    Your past proven honesty was also part of your sick hidden future bigger gains…

    Sorry that whom I had thought an honest sold in peanuts of smart aamir khan..whr genuine creative bachchan failed to be that shrewd while being busy in his passion of adoring art….!

    A curse to u…that whatever u become…u will never be loved by art…however u die to talk about your passion for art..



    Comment by akhil — July 2, 2011 @ 1:31 am

  2. Don’t listen to this akhil I think his gone mad like his BIG B….

    Comment by Aadil — July 2, 2011 @ 2:24 am

  3. Very aptly put
    I wonder why every director from south has same camera and edit treatment ? Is everyone just making masala film in South …its like if u seen one u have seen all ….wat a waste of time as a director these guys are !!!

    Comment by Nikhil — July 2, 2011 @ 2:25 am

  4. Dear Akhil

    This is not BollywoodHungama.com . You are in the wrong site and you are accusing the wrong critic.

    Best Wishes

    Comment by shyam — July 2, 2011 @ 3:15 am

  5. Dude Akhil – whats wrong with you mate – this one is Masand’s view – he has a right to have 1. I like transformers but in his view it wasnt good – so what. If you like it go watch it

    No point getting sentimental about it bro…

    Have fun


    Comment by Copycat — July 2, 2011 @ 8:10 am

  6. Yes i do support akhil. This is the worst review i have seen abt this movie. I think this man just cried to praise or to give stars.

    I really dont think so that the movie is just worth of 2 stars.

    Thumbs down Mr.Rajeev

    Comment by Adi — July 2, 2011 @ 8:40 am

  7. Super dislike…….

    Comment by Puspak — July 2, 2011 @ 8:52 am

  8. Hey akhil i have been always saying that he is not capable to judging hindi movies. So iam happy that other people also agree with me.

    I want him to stop reveiwing hindi movies which directly will improve business of a movie.

    i have been requesting him for past 2 months to stop reviewing hindi movies and continue to do so.

    Please people support me if you can.

    Comment by ANKIT — July 2, 2011 @ 9:08 am

  9. akhil..u r a moron, a fool and an ultimate loser.. ur english is pathetic and I had so much fun reading ur comment.. yaar english nahi aati toh hindi mein comment maar de…sharm kis baat ki mere bhai!!
    rajeev, i am a film making student, and I think u do an awesome job with ur reviews..keep up d great work…

    Comment by Azee — July 2, 2011 @ 10:16 am

  10. give serious comments dudes. Masand’s review is the only reliable comment. I watch movie after reading his review. But I gonna watch Big B.. As he said I’m a diehard Bachan Fan….

    Comment by Ajber — July 2, 2011 @ 11:05 am

  11. Agree with Azee. Akhil your comments suggest you aint good for anything. I support Rajeev & his reviews. I definately not going to watch this movie.

    Comment by Sachin Sikri — July 2, 2011 @ 11:12 am

  12. Rajeev,

    These days ur reviews are so irritating. Dont always look at perfection. I am hating your reviews to the core. Please stop ur reviweing for God sake. U’ll never encourage a movie.

    Earlier i had hreat respect for ur reviews, but these days u have literally gone mad.

    Comment by kalyan — July 2, 2011 @ 11:34 am

  13. Bachan has gone MAD…

    Comment by Bipin — July 2, 2011 @ 11:39 am

  14. rajeev masand taste is getting dumb day by day, he likes only art type movie, not commercial one… go watch big b in iconic performance, review is total nonsense

    Comment by Praneet — July 2, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

  15. rajeev masand taste is getting dumb day by day, he likes only art type movie, not commercial one… go watch big b in iconic performance, review is total bulls shit

    Comment by Praneet — July 2, 2011 @ 12:06 pm

  16. If You Go by Rajeev’s Review..Then You Will Die Without Watching A Movie..With His So Called Review He Would Have Given 1 Star To Films Like Sholay OR KKHH..Loser

    Comment by Vamsi — July 2, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

  17. I haven’t watched d movie till yet. But being a fan of Big B ; i’ll risk 2 out of 5 in hope of finding that 2 was only d deduction.

    Comment by Rajesh Pandey — July 2, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

  18. I agree with you all this is the worst review i have seen for Buddha ho……. its a super movie from the grt BIG B
    Thumbs down to Rajeev you are hopeless ……

    Comment by Hiral — July 2, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

  19. I loved the movie.Rajeev you are highly biased. When similar fighting bscenes are done by rajani, you praise. you have double standards.

    Comment by ramesh — July 2, 2011 @ 4:35 pm

  20. I just come to this site to see what are all movies released… I never read his shit.. he has very bad taste

    Comment by Neeraj — July 2, 2011 @ 7:13 pm

  21. Firstly, that comment about south directors… You should watch those movies first. Bollywood tends to overdo the commercial quotient in a lot of their movies. Most of it is glossed over without much substance- yes even the HITS. Case and point:
    I Hate Luv Stories- most of that movie was made after watching a couple of seasons of CBS sitcom, How I Met Your Mother. My point is, there’s hardly any originality in a lot of Bollywood directors movies.

    Either the movies are copied from the south by Priyadarshan, Aneez Bazmee, Raj Kumar Santoshi (Ajab Prem ki Gazab Kahani [bad movie] was a remake of Soggadu [telugu]). If you want to make a comment about the directors, watch their original movies first.

    Or, after a horrendous 2009 directors are being brought over to kickstart the industry again. Case and point: Wanted, however poorly remade was a hit. What you have to realize, sitting in your urban home in some city, Akhil is that Bollywood has finally woken up to the fact that it can’t support itself by making movies for multiplexes. The aam admi (who doesn’t/can’t visit multiplexes) still has a taste for “masala” however much you dislike it. I may hate these remakes but remember that a film critic is hired because his opinion is liked by lots of people. The reviews are universal. He can comment about how the movie was made and about how it might appeal to people. He’s done his job. So you don’t have to talk about him.

    Comment by Sai — July 2, 2011 @ 7:22 pm

  22. I totally agree with u ankit…….i also believe rajeev is incapable of reviewing hindi movies because he tends to become oversmart.Rajeev an advice for u ….try to get into the taste of indian viewers….

    Comment by parul — July 2, 2011 @ 10:19 pm

  23. Rajeev,
    I think you should not review every enterprise on one scale. This is a different movie.Yes it’s not usual movie stuff because this is made for Fans of a certain superstar and since critics like you can not be baised or you do pretend to be so. I think you or critics freternity as a whole are not elilgible to review any such movie.

    No review required by critics. This is a tribute to a man who has made millions happy over the four decades and will not disappoint them this time around also.

    Dear, don’t rate all movies on Your ABCD kind of parameters.

    And All readers, GO and Watch it yourself. This film is beyond critics sensibilities.


    Comment by JYOTIRMAY BUCH — July 3, 2011 @ 12:28 am

  24. Dumb bollywood fans all around.rajeev masand is the best critic bollywood has got.the only thing that makes u praise bollywood is your ignorance and less knowledge about the movies made outside India.movies like kkkg,kkhh,wanted ,main hu naa,wanted,ready ,no entry got superhit just because of dumb ppl who get happy with anything that these superstars throw at them.go watch eternal sunshine of a spotless mind ,pulp fiction or schindlers list n u will get what I’m saying .thumbs up for rajeev m

    Comment by gagan — July 3, 2011 @ 11:50 am

  25. Rajeev, either you were dropped on your head as a kid or you’ve watched the sinhalese version of the movie and haven’t understood the theme or were stoned during the screening or your next foreign junket is funded by srk (a know Big B baiter).

    Comment by Vjay — July 3, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

  26. i totally agree with u sir… the movie was more of a comedy flick than anything else for me…:)

    Comment by ambi — July 3, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

  27. Anks Review: Bbudhah Hoga Tera Baap (1/5): Well, after watching this I believe I have to re-write the review of Dabangg, Ready, and movies like these which triggered these genre of stupid movies. I can tolerate this stupid things from Salman, but not from Big B…. who is class apart and excelled in performance and given amazing movies like Sholay, Deewar, Agneepath and many many more. Ppl says its must watch movie for Amitabh’s fan… being his fan since from the time when I know there is something called motion picture– I say as a fan I am most disappointed and sad.
    What happened to our script writer– to prove his energy .. ne doesnt need such a lousy plot like this movie, he is meant for something more classy. I don’t want him to become Salman or Rajnikant… he himself is enough. Please……… this was SAD.

    Comment by Ankesh — July 3, 2011 @ 4:49 pm

  28. hey frenz if u don like rajeev’s reviews then why the hell u visit his site ……..jus check the reviews from the sites u like … or else watch the movie and giv yo own review…………. and finally i wanna say is rajeev masand is doin an damn gud job 🙂

    Comment by yogi — July 3, 2011 @ 6:16 pm

  29. Akhil’s absolutely right but the way he expressed himself might be wrong. Rajeev Masand’s being expecting a hollywood standard from the bollywood movies which will never happen since the taste of the audiences differ. And my friends, don’t write off the commercial movies as they don’t satisfy you (here to hardcore Bachchan fans) plus why do you want to watch the movie when you know from the promotions that it’s an out and out masala fare!!!
    To Rajeev,
    In the mere future, do try to be a little generous as there may not be many of you expecting so much out of the movies. You know that the movie’s a masala fare and you give the same average 2 stars and this is mere escapism!!!
    Where’s the Masand who tears into average movies and gives 1/2 or even 0 to the core and even getting a 2 is big and you give 3.5 stars to Delhi Belly since it involves a different subject? C’mon!!!

    Comment by abhishek — July 3, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

  30. rajeev for ur 2 stars ….it seems u r not my personal favourite any more the kind of work n movie bbbudddaahhhh is .
    u have no sense the movie wat was..
    its a must must watch movie,…
    stop givin review….sorry to be harsh its true

    Comment by vaibhav choudhari — July 4, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

  31. Akhil is 100% right. I dont know what made Mr.Rajiv to give 2 out of 5. It seems he does not like a mix of comedy, sentiment & action. More over it is clear that he does not like south indian Directors or likes more Bollywood hunks like Aamir. How can he give Delhi belly 3.5 out of 5 which cannot be watched by all the Audiences. It is very Gross and slapstick. So sick of you Mr.Rajiv.

    Someone left a reply saying that it is his perception about the movie but his perception will have an impact on the viewers. So he should give rating after considering all the aspects.

    If i had to rate Mr.Rajiv’s reviews i would give 0.25 out of 5.

    Comment by Chandu — July 4, 2011 @ 1:59 pm

  32. i haven’t watched buddah yet so can’t comment on it….but surely rajeev is a best critic presently in india….Please sir don’t listen to this morons nd continue ur good work…..all those people criticizing rajeev should visit bollywood hungama and read the reviews of that shitty taran adarsh…. he gives every damn movie 4/5 rating.

    Comment by Sahil — July 5, 2011 @ 5:32 pm

  33. u ppl talk bout masala fair….what was andaaz apna apna then…..or deewana mastana…..or for that matter mr. india….and rajeev himself is a big fan of those…….bcoz they were very good and they were smart….but now masala films have become equivalent to dumb films…… sohow will they get good ratings

    Comment by sanket shah — July 6, 2011 @ 12:01 am

  34. hey sir … i just came here to see your review. I am surprised to see that so many people are against you. I havealways felt that no matter how good one writes some critics will always be there. It happens with me often.

    Comment by Rahul — July 8, 2011 @ 1:11 am

  35. yeah,agree to some point with akhil,but masand is way greater than others like komal and taran and yes,big b is an icon,and noone dare talk abt him like that

    Comment by santosh patnaik — July 9, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

  36. The movie was pathetic..i think whatever rajeev has given is just out of respect for Mr Bachchan and whoever are speaking against his reviews are just biased fans. Leave aside your loyalty to Mr Bachchan and then watch the movie, it was boring, repetitive and everything was overdone in it.

    Comment by Varun — July 10, 2011 @ 11:20 am

  37. this movie was a big bore :0 i totally agree wit rajeev n i guess ppl accusing him must just “SHUTUP!!!”…. it wasnt something that i expect from Mr.Bacchan being a die-hard Bacchan fan…He’s a diva..a superstar… who’s kept rocking the film industry since decades…iam disappointed this time 🙁 i wanna see amit’ji in Agneepath n Sholay types or in experiments like Paa not in these… 🙁

    Comment by nidhi — July 11, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

  38. WHAT ????

    he has quite diplomatic view. People I request you to read his reviews and understand it completely.

    Comment by Ashis — August 31, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

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