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Worth A Look: 9.68%
Average: 3.23%
Pretty Bad: 25.81%
Total Crap: 9.68%

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Bunty Aur Babli
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by Abhishek Bandekar

"‘Con Banega Con-pati!’"
2 stars

‘Bunty Aur Babli’ is a perfect example of a brilliant idea gone horribly wrong because of poor execution and an overzealous desire to please. The movie tries too hard for its own good and in the process falls down –face front- with a big thud! A breezy comedy flick about two cons on the run should’ve been a riot. But here, even the jokes seem strained while the humour constantly shifts from low-key to preposterous! Inspired from Hollywood’s influential hit ‘Bonnie And Clyde’ and Bollywood’s own ‘Raja Rani’, albeit with a dash of comic seasoning, ‘Bunty Aur Babli’ is at best a petty excuse to bring together on the silver-screen, the father-son duo of Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan.

The movie has an interesting premise. Rakesh Trivedi(Abhishek Bachchan), a resident of the bucolic Fursatganj, yearns to become a big-shot. After a showdown with his earnest father(Raj Babbar), he leaves the countryside to realize his dreams. Fate brings him across Vimmi(Rani Mukherjee), a wannabe model who has run away from her parents lest they get her married. Having faced defeat on their first day of flight, Rakesh and Vimmi decide to help each other in fulfilling their ambitions. But a couple of demoralizing encounters later, they opt to con the world at its own game. This gives birth to their alter-egos of Bunty and Babli, two crooks that’ll stop at nothing. It is imperative for a movie about conning that we actually witness a few of them. Sadly, no efforts have been made to script full-fledged episodes about their means and methods. All that we are given is a collage of scenes played out to the title-track. Only post-interval do we actually see them do what they do. This includes a ludicrous but mildly entertaining plot where they con a foreigner into believing that the Taj Mahal’s for sale(!) and a final heist at the New Delhi airport. Hot on their tracks is DCP Dashrath Singh(Amitabh Bachchan), a menacing character determined to apprehend them. Amitabh’s presence adds some life to the dull proceedings but even that doesn’t sustain.

The much-hyped Amitabh-Abhishek face off comes two hours into the movie by which time we care less if they danced naked! Hell, they sing a song too…with Aishwarya Rai(in a cheap hooker hangover)…but that still doesn’t stop the audience from leaving the hall to relieve their bladders! A dozen blink and you’ll miss cameos by Joginder, Shiamak Davar, Ravi Baswani, Ranjeet and the director himself add to the ludicrous quotient of the film. Much of the film’s problem lies with its dialogues(Jaideep Sahni) which are simply not funny. Also the UP accent keeps switching on and off! Abhishek and Rani look comfortable with each other, but their characters are hardly provided any traits. And what in the world was Aki Narula thinking when he designed the garishly awkward costumes for Rani Mukherjee in the ‘Naach Baliye’ song! Actually, come to think of it, this whole ordeal is a sartorial crime!

Finally, any movie that reduces Amitabh Bachchan to mouthing the line, “Tell me a non-veg joke”, is a disaster waiting to happen.

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User Comments

4/14/07 ASHISH FANTASTLC 5 stars
5/08/06 Jason Cinematic equivalent of toxic waste 1 stars
8/26/05 jjujuj good movie 5 stars
8/09/05 abhishek super hit 5 stars
6/19/05 Om Bajpai ULTRA TIME WASTE 1 stars
6/05/05 Dr. Rajesh Dudeja Fantastic movie full of fun and entertainment. What are you waiting for? Go and watch it. 5 stars
6/02/05 Vi Extremely entertaining ! Great acting ! 5 stars
6/01/05 Kris Total Piece of s**t movie. 1 stars
5/31/05 rc yash raj films has made another blockbuster hit 5 stars
5/31/05 yuvraj samant very good movie !!! please do not criticise the not so experienced director 5 stars
5/30/05 Jim Fung funny, lively movie ... better than any other BW movie this year except Page 3 4 stars
5/29/05 Krisna Wow 5 stars
5/29/05 yothere great 5 stars
5/28/05 rakesh wonderful 5 stars
5/28/05 ABHINAV AVOID IF U CAN 2 stars
5/28/05 ds Vgud, gr8 movie must go if wanna sleep in AC 5 stars
5/28/05 Rohan Mohan The films strives for chemistry which exists beautifully. Abhi and rani too good 4 stars
5/28/05 VR Big B, Small B rule... Rani is a real rani of bollwood. Exceptional performance by leads. 5 stars
5/28/05 DJ rani n abhishek look great...and...well thats about it 3 stars
5/28/05 Aj Deliciously boring 2 stars
5/28/05 himanshu fantastic 5 stars
5/28/05 dtrivedi Not as bad as they make it out to be 4 stars
5/28/05 sumit dass great , superb , fantastic 5 stars
5/27/05 Chandni wikid film! rani n abhishek luk soo gud 2getha!!! luv it man!! 5 stars
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Directed by
  Shaad Ali

Written by
  Shaad Ali

  Amitabh Bachchan
  Abhishek Bachchan
  Rani Mukherjee

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