Starring: Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan, Asin Thottumkal, Prachi Desai
Direction: Rohit Shetty
Music: Himesh Reshammiya, Ajay-Atul
Production: Dhillin Mehta, Ajay Devgn
Rating : 3/5
This is the Rohit Shetty – Ajay Devgn team’s 8th movie together. Expectations are high given their previous track record of delivering commercial blockbusters. Fox Star Studios has bought the worldwide theatrical release rights of this film for a whopping amount. Abhishek Bachchan joins this celebrated team and whether they have lived up to the original Golmaal released in 1979? Read more to find out.
Abbas Ali (Abhishek Bachchan) comes along with his sister Sania (Asin) to a village named Ranakpur after running into problems back in Delhi. Prithviraj Raghuvanshi (Ajay Devgn) is the most influential man in this village and he is a man who firmly stands by trust and hates lies. He is a mammoth body builder but is very naïve and is a child at heart. Abbas wins Prithvi’s trust and starts working for him but, only after his friend lies that his name is Abhishek Bachchan. This single lie cascades into a bundle of lies as Prithvi is literally taken for a ride by Abbas and his trusted friends. Whether Prithvi gets to the bottom of the issue and comes to know the truth is the finale of this laugh riot.
The comedy is all situational and the characters don’t try too hard to be funny. It is the circumstance that creates all the fun and the actors have all done a terrific job. Abhishek Bachchan leads the way and is a riot particularly when he is forced to pose as an effeminate dancer. The dance medley that he does before the interval is a wholesome laughathon. This movie would boost Abhishek’s box-office stature.
Ajay Devgn looks majestic with his thick mustache and spiked hair. His styling is amazing and the way he peppers his dialogues with English sentences has to be experienced. You will find yourself laughing your guts out when Ajay is on screen. Ajay turns out to be a perfect blend of comic timing and macho mannerisms and this one is a milestone for the hunky actor. There are references to Singham at apt points in the movie when Ajay terrorizes the people around with his stern voice.
The way Abbas and his friend (played by Krushna Abhishek) struggle hard to cover all the lies is funny to say the least. Veteran actors Neeraj Vora and Asrani also have a part to play in all the cover-ups, goof-ups and comic mishaps. Archana Puran Singh sparkles as the ‘mujra’ dancer who has to play the most unlikely role in all this drama. One does feel that Prithvi is being fooled so easily. But, that is the intention of this movie. Ajay’s naivety throws open the house for more comedy.
There is a small surprise with regards to Asin’s role. She is the romantic interest of Ajay and looks serene and absolutely cute. Prachi Desai shines once again in her role and her smile is a major plus. The heroines are more than just mere eye candies and have a small part in the larger scheme of things. Among the songs, the title credits song makes a mark and also comes prominently in the BGM score. Big B makes a nice cameo and is majestic as always. The dance moves in this song border on the funny.
The action scenes are extravagant but we feel there is an overdose. Rohit Shetty must get a major kick seeing men and machines flying around. Nevertheless, the action on screen is highly impactful and the sound design for the fights has also been done to give maximum impact. But in a comedy movie, such elaborate action scenes do stick out sorely.
The cinematography is pretty basic but shines in the action scenes. The way the heroes are projected in the action scenes is larger than life. The movie is pretty long at 154 minutes but it never gets boring or dull. The climax has elements of thrill as well as comedy. The VFX for these scenes are decent. On the whole, Bol Bachchan has good chances of raking in handsome returns at the box-office as the target audience is the masses who come to cinema just for entertainment. No point in dissecting a movie like Bol Bachchan too much, as its sole intention is entertainment though it is mindless.
With Bol Bachchan being a wholesome entertainer, the next question is, will it enter the elusive 100 crores club?
Verdict: An entertaining web spun around a bunch of lies