<Review by: Anuvrat Bhansali>
Directed by Supavitra Babul. Starring Pulkit Samrat, Amita Pathak.
Another ‘small town boy meets a headstrong yet gullible girl and tries to woo her with his charm and values’ story with an overtly predictable plot but a rather humorous second half.
A mix of dancing skills, a stubble, longish hair and the role of a charming, funny, tough, unapologetic good guy: Is this a definite formula for a debutante actor to be noticed by the audience? A definite no; the audience is looking for something new.
A videographer in a small town in Punjab, Bittoo is a local heartthrob who doesn’t care about money, social status and similar things. He is happy being invited to marriages, shooting them the way he prefers and being paid for it both in money and praise. It’s not before long that he falls in love with a quintessential practical girl who mocks his complacency and his inability to do ‘bigger’ things in life. Girls make you do stupid things so in his quest to earn big money Bittoo is lured into making blue films. All he needs to do now is to plant hidden cameras and watch the money roll in. What comes out of this is rather unexpected and he realises this line of work is against his values.
Bittoo Boss is an uncomplicated story with no sharp twists and turns and that is its biggest disappointment. Even Raghav Sachar’s music is so banal you’ve heard it all before.
If you look a little more closely, you’ll observe an enormous influence from Yash Raj movies. Also, the protagonist’s performance evokes an inevitable comparison with the unabashed character of Ranveer Singh from Band Baaja Baaraat.
The movie is mostly dull but achieves a bit of likeability in the second half. It’s filled with comical moments that happen during the making of blue films. The ‘guest appearance’ by the actor playing the taxi driver deserves big compliments for his immaculate comic timing. His is the only standout performance.
The debutante actor Pulkit Samrat tries to do everything right but the slackness of the movie takes a toll on his performance. He dances faster than the support dancers but judging from his performance in certain emotional scenes he promises to be an actor with promise. The lady love being played by another debutante Amita Pathak is there only as a minor plot point.