12 April, 2021

Bol Bachchan

Seeks inspiration from the classic but suffers from tacky sets, over-the-top acting and loud jokes and gags

Bol Bachchan

Starring: Ajay Devgan, Abhishek Bachchan, Asin, Prachi Desai
Directed by Rohit Shetty
Rating: **

Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Golmaal, a movie about confusion of identities, made us laugh out loud by piling one humorous situation on another. Rohit Shetty seeks inspiration from the classic. In fact, he lifts some incidents and situations straight from the original, then adds some tacky sets, kitschy colours, over-the-top acting and loud jokes and gags to deliver a critic-proof blockbuster. One that’ll certainly rake in crores, but is unlikely to find a respectable place in history or become stuff that our collective nostalgia is made of.

The movie begins on a boring note. Long backstories introduce the characters and set up the scene. Some self-righteous, deliberate Hindu-Muslim bhai-bhai posturing plays...

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