Movie Review: ‘Bol Bachchan’ (** Two Star)

( By Akshat Sharma) First of all a statutory warning to all cine-goers!  Leave your brains at home before you rush to the nearest theatre to watch ‘Bol Bachchan’. Watching a movie like this could be painful if you rack your brains. So leave it behind before you step out of your home. Agreed it has some of the finest actors the industry could boast of, agreed we love Bollywood chutzpah but going through movies like ‘Bol Bachchan’ is rarely funny and mostly agonizing.

The movie begins with a song and dance number ‘Bol Bol Bachchan’. We find a family leaving their homeland for an unknown destination.  The family reaches a town where they meet Prithvi Raj Singh played by Ajay Devgn. This modern day Prithvi Raj has no royal legacy behind him. He is indeed a local muscleman with a funny streak.

He doesn’t like his cousins but he loves his sister Radhika, played by Prachi Desai. She is studying in Delhi. One fine day she was returning to her hometown but before she could reach there she was kidnapped.  It marks the beginning of high drama, cars flying in air and some heated exchange of words.

We were told by the PR people that the movie was inspired by ‘Golmaal’ the all time classic comedy immortalized by Amol Palekar and Utpal Dutt.  It seems Abhishek Bachchan sporting a moustache like Amol Palekar was the point of reference as ‘Bol Bachchan’ stands nowhere close to ‘Golmaal’. Abhishek Bachchan is the only saving grace in the movie.

Ajay Devgn doesn’t inspire much confidence with his performance. Other characters are only used as fillers barring the exception of Archana Puran Singh who has managed to tickle our funny bones. Being a judge in a comedy show certainly helps in certain cases!

Directory director Rohit Shetty is no doubt the ‘Maharaaja of Madness’. He has shown uncanny ability to churn out super duper hit movies one after another. Once again he has done what he knows the best. ‘Bol Bachchan’ is a movie only for those who believe in taking an escape route out of this temporal world through madcap comedies.

Abhishek ‘To Be’ A Desi Hamlet ?

Director Tigmanshu Dhulia is planning to cast Abhishek Bachchan in his upcoming project which could be an adaptation of famous Shakespearean drama the ‘Hamlet’. Known for his penchant for experimenting and venturing into unchartered territories ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ fame director Tigmanshu Dhulia is toying with the idea to write a screenplay inspired by William Shakespeare’s immortal work ‘Hamlet’. Hamlet is a Shakespearean play  which narrates the story of a Danish prince who became famous for his eternal dilemma ‘To be or not to be’.

English Playwright William Shakespeare has inspired many stories in Bollywood but when Vishal Bhardwaj successfully adapted Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ and ‘Othello’ as ‘Maqbool’ and ‘Ómkara’ everyone stood up and noticed. The recent success of ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ has emboldened director Tigmanshu Dhulia to experiment more freely and creatively.

According to reliable sources Dhulia’s Prince Hamlet could be played by Abhishek Bachchan who is going through a very rough phase in his career. The film will be produced by Goldie Behl who admitted that Dhulia had been working on the idea of adapting the play since 2001.  He was quoted in the press “When Tigmanshu narrated the idea, I was hooked. At that time however, we couldn`t work on the project. Now that Tigmanshu has become a sought after director, it’s an opportune moment to go ahead. It`s a fantastic and gripping revenge drama. I am really looking forward to the film because I am sure it would make for an entertaining watch.”

Tigmanshu Dhulia has emerged as one of the finest directors in the Hindi film industry. His passion for real stories and emphatic narration has made him a popular choice among cine goers who want to watch good movies. Last year he delivered a sleeper hit in ‘Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster’ and this year he came up with ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ which was appreciated by both the critics and the audience.

‘Bol Bachan’ To Release On July 06

Mumbai: (PTI) Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan, who is currently busy shooting his comedy flick ‘Bol Bachchan’, says he is excited that the film will hit screens on July 6.

The film, which is inspired by Amol Palekar starrer 1978 film ‘Gol Maal’, is being directed by Rohit Shetty and stars Bachchan and Ajay Devgn in the lead role. “Back on the sets of Bol Bachchan. Few more days and it`s a wrap on the film. Releases 6th July. Excitement is becoming!,” Bachchan posted on Twitter.

Bachchan, 36, had met with a minor accident last year while shooting for the film in Jaipur last year. After his stint as an action hero in ‘Players’ and ‘Game’, Bachchan will be back in comedy with ‘Bol Bachchan’ after three years.