The first thing that is easy to observe is that there have been significant numerological influences in the titling of this movie. Otherwise, why would one spell BBUDDAH and TERRA in this manner? And why would Puri Jagannadh, the writer-director of this movie suddenly change the T in his earlier name Jagannath to a D? And why would the movie be released just a few days before the auspicious Jagganath Yatra of Puri?
BHTP is for Amitabh Bachchan, by Amitabh Bachchan and all about Amitabh Bachchan. Puri Jagannath is apparently a hard core fan of Big B and has written a script just to make sure that hard core fans will not be disappointed. Thus we have all facets of the Big B in action here: as an angry (young) man; as a die-hard romantic; as a person with a tough outside and a soft centre; as a person who can readily generate cocktails of comedy and serious dialogues. He gets an opportunity to mouth some of his hit dialogues from his earlier movies and the audience laps it up with relish. His dialogue delivery is par excellence and scores over everyone else in the movie. Of course, the rest of the cast has a fairly small role to play and have been brought in to fill in the gaps and not as a major constituent of the story line, which not surprisingly, is all but absent!
So we have Sonu Sood, playing the angry young inspector, Prakash Raj, who tries hard to convey his villainous intentions, Raveena Tandon, who exposes her utter lack of acting skills and Hema Malini, who as the Big B’s estranged partner does little to emote. Thus, we have the Big B who shoulders the burden and carries the movie virtually single-handedly. And Big B’s best scene is not one where he is flirting around or when he is lecturing or when he is bashing up the bad men; it is the scene in which he emotes his feelings of separation from his wife with no dialogues; just moist eyes.
Amitabh has sung a few numbers for this movie and at his age, his voice still retains the timbre which produces that impact which has eluded all the other Bollywood stars. In many of his hit movies, Amiatbh has donned the screen name of Vijay; in BHTP, Vijay becomes Viju (also perhaps as a result of numerological calculations) and straddles across the screen in every frame.
The music by Vishal-Shekhar is just passable, but nobody seems to mind it. The song Hale Dil reminds one of a similar song from Baghban, but the song which has excerpts from his previous hit songs is well suited for Amitabh to display his dancing prowess at this age. Amitabh, may you never become a Bbhudah!!
RATING: 3 out of 5
July 15, 2011

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  1. US says:

    No one is BBHUDDAH….if one keep an “unwrinkled heart” that is what I wish to say

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