Bunty Aur Babli 2
Producer- Aditya Chopra
Director- Varun V. Sharma
Star Cast- Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukerjee, Siddharth Chaturvedi, Sharvari Wagh, Pankaj Tripathy, Prem Chopra, Asrani
Platform of Release- Theatrical
Nothing but a con job!
By Jyothi Venkatesh
It’s been over 15 years since their last con and Rakesh (Saif Ali Khan) and Vimmi Trivedi (Rani Mukerji), once known as Bunty aur Babli are now living a regular and mundane middle class small-town life in Fursatganj Uttar Pradesh. The original infamous con couple Bunty alias Rakesh and Babli alias Vimmi now decide to be back in the business after a gap of fifteen years to thwart the attempts of a young couple Kunal (Siddharth Chaturvedi and Sonia (Sharvari Wagh) and bring them to justice, as they are swindling people in their name. But will the originals be able to outsmart the new con couple scamsters on the block? And will Jatayu Singh who is closely on heels of the couple be able to catch the scamsters red handed? Thus forms the crux of the predictable plot this time.
The biggest problem faced by the film is that the first half is spent mostly in setting up the stage for the ultimate conflict and the predictable as well as hackneyed story by producer Aditya Chopra doesn’t really move at a solid pace. In the second half, the plot thickens but the lack of logic and the organic growth of the story and its telling doesn’t make us relate strongly to any of the characters.
As far as the performances go, Saif is quite adorable as the goofy and flirty Rakesh Trivedi while Rani’s comic timing is a saving grace even when she is saddled with a stereotypical middle aged loud and not so slim character who is also handicapped with not many genuinely funny lines or scenes. While Siddhant Chaturvedi who has graduated from his character role in Gully Boys two years ago plays his part well as the new age Bunty, Sharvari Wagh who plays his Babbli is very confident for her first film. Though they look good together, it is sad that their characters have let alone a backstory, not even a convincing build-up to make the audience connect with them.
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Pankaj Tripathi’s act of infusing humour in a rural accent is nice but we have seen it way too many times to find any novelty in it. It is time that he did reinvent himself and save the viewers from his predictable lines and way of delivering his lines. The soundtrack credited to Shankar Ehsaan Loy doesn’t have any memorable songs like the original but thankfully there is need for any song in the film.
The problem with this sequel of a blockbuster like Bunty Aur Bubli is that we miss Abhishek Bachchan who played the parts of Bunty with aplomb as well as finesse and Amitabh Bachchan who played Dasharath Singh in the original. Saif Ali Khan and Pankaj Tripathy lack the spark which both Abhishek and Amitabh had provided in the original with grace.
To sum up, this new version of Bunty Aur Babli is nothing but a con job on the poor gullible audiences by Aditya Chopra and may not run in theaters after the initial three days