<Review by: Anuvrat Bhansali>
Directed By Rohit Shetty. Starring Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan, Asin, Prachi Desai, Asrani, Archana Puran Singh, Krushna Abhishek, Neeraj Vora.
Taking its inspiration from the cult-comedy of yesteryears: Golmaal (starring Utpal Dutt and Amol Palekar), Bol Bachchan is a comedy born out of multiple lies and is filled with everything synonymous with the Rohit Shetty-Ajay Devgn pair. As critics would review, it is senseless, mostly obnoxious and forcefully funny, but Bol Bachchan isn’t ashamed of being an entertaining watch.
Abbas Ali (Abhishek Bachchan) and his sister Sania Ali (Asin) are facing a grim financial upheaval in life due to a disputed ancestral property. Having lost the property and hoping for a better life, they shift to a village called Ranakpur, to start a new life with their dad’s friend Shastri (Asrani) and his son Ravi (Krushna Abhishek). In an act of absolute bravery, Abbas comes face-to-face with the village patriarch Prithviraj Raghuvanshi (Ajay Devgn) who walks with a parade of muscle men and absolutely detests being lied to.
Bol Bachchan, as the name suggests, is more about the dialogues than anything else and the brazen ‘hinglish’ dialogues either piss you off or make you roll. It’s also the mass-appealing comic timing both in the screenplay and performances that makes Bol Bachchan a daft laugh riot. Maybe you won’t even get tired of cars/buses/trucks banging into each other and gravity defying stunts. It’s amazing to see how Rohit Shetty does the same thing repeatedly but neither he nor the audience gets tired.
Bol Bachchan belongs to Ajay Devgn. If ever, it must be watched for his flamboyant dialogues. He aces action and comedy like Salman aces action and romance. Abhishek Bachchan gets it right, thanks to a multi-faceted role. In this comedy of errors, Devgn is the comedy and both Abhisheks – the errors. Asin gets no chance to act and neither does Prachi Desai but both of them fill the gaps just right. The supporting troika of Neeraj Vora, Asrani and Krushna Abhishek ensure optimum levels of tomfoolery.
Much like the movie, the music of Bol Bachchan is the awfully irritating quintessential Himesh Reshammiya music that eventually gets stuck in your head, especially the title track.
What is irritating to us is funny to someone else and vice-versa. That’s what you might see and feel when you go watch Bol Bachchan this weekend. Either you are laughing or the person sitting next to you is or just both of you are laughing together even when both of you know that this is so-so stupid!