Bol Vachan is a term which is used to sardonically connote the so-called intellectual outpourings of the wise men; this is corrupted as Bol Bachan in the colloquial usage of this term. Ajay Devgn, who is one of the producers of BOL BACHCHAN is a strong believer in numerology (having dropped a vowel in his name) and he might have felt that it would add zing to the title if Bol Bachan could be further corrupted as BOL BACHCHAN, since the smaller Bachchan (Abhishek) was playing the lead role. In addition, he has added a F to the word Films in the name of his production venture which now becomes : Ajay Devgn Ffilms!! Will all of this help the outcome of how this movie turns out to be?
BOL BACHCHAN is loosely based on the plot of the 1979 classic comedy GOLMAAL which was briliantly directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee with excellent performances by Amol Palekar, Deven Verma, Dina Phatak and Utpal Dutt. GOLMAAL scored because it had no hamming, and the simple enough plot focussed purely on comedy and there were no garish intrusions.
Unfortunately, Rohit Shetty, the director in BOL BACHCHAN, decides to temper the simple enough plot with needless displays of hurtling cars and buses (as is his wont), and stunt and fight sequences (if only to remind himself of whose son he is: the stunt master of yester years, Shetty). Therefore, what could have been a clean, neat comedy without frills, begins with a song featuring the Big B (which, honestly has begun to feel rather stale) and hops from comedy to fight sequences accompanied by hamming. The result: you end up laughing one minute, but just as when you feel light, there are garish and loud sequences to push you into disappointment. It appears that Rohit having realized that there wasn’t enough of comedy to sustain a two and a half hour long movie decided to include his famous action sequences. In isolation, the action shots do have a arresting feature, but look hopelessly out of place in a comedy.
Abhishek Bachchan tries hard to perform and succeeds reasonably, particularly in his role of Abbas; Ajay Devgn also delivers his role along expected lines. But Akshay Kumar, delivering similar broken English lines in ROWDY RATHORE was more impactful. Archana Puran Singh does well in a brief role, but the rest of the cast including Asin and Prachi Desai turn out poor performances in roles which have been poorly drawn.
It appears the jinx associated with the Junior B still continues; his dialogue delivery is at best placid! Zara josh se Bol Bachchan!!
RATING: 2.5 out of 5
July 10th 2012