Critics' Verdict: Rohit Shetty's Bol Bachchan gets mixed reviews
By Hindustan Times
This one’s strictly for Bollywood junkies whose funny bones are easy to tickle. While the concept in itself is good, the way it has been thrust onto the viewer is juvenile. Rohit Shetty’s direction is efficient, feel critics.
"The story of Bol Bachchan uses the basic plot of Golmaal and expands upon it. In fact, the film has many references to the original. Yunus Sajawal has weaved a screenplay that is not only engaging but also very entertaining. Of course, many will find the going-ons to be brainless, but even such detractors will not be able to hold their laughter," writes Mrigank Dhaniwala, Koimoi.com.
"Though Rohit Shetty borrows the essence from Hrishikesh Mukherjee's immensely likeable Gol Maal, he twists and twirls the original premise to unrecognizable proportions. Even otherwise, when you adapt a movie that was released in the 1970s, you ought to modify it to suit the current setting. The mindset is different and so is the movie-going audience. The purists, who hold a grouse against remaking classics and call it sacrilegious, are sure to fume and rant, but that's okay," writes Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama.
"On the flipside, Bol Bachchan falters due to its erratic pacing at times. Besides, a few episodes try too hard to make you laugh, but the impact is missing. In fact, Rohit Shetty is known to pack so much in every sequence, but Bol Bachchan has a couple of loose ends that stand out. The culmination, for instance, could've been better envisaged," says Adarsh.
"You know those heart-charts they have in hospitals, the ones that trace a person's heartbeat up and down in waves? Bol Bachchan (BB) reminds you often of one of those. Rohit Shetty's latest movie has a constant up-and-down aspect to it, one sequence making you shriek in your seat with laughter, another sending your mind wandering off to the mundane. But at the very heart of things - Shetty's madly in love with the movies and BB is his homage to that all-time classic, Golmaal," writes Srijana Mitra Das, TOI.
"The first half of Bol Bachchan is extremely funny and hilarious. The vibrant waku doki colour and scenic beauty adds to the overall look and feel of the film. Abhishek Bachchan in two different and unique avatar is very interesting to watch. He keeps you in splits throughout! The theatre is full right now and people are laughing their hearts out! Kudos Rohit Shetty and Bol Bachchan team! This is undoubtedly the best that Abhishek has come up with in a long time," reports OneIndia.
"This one’s strictly for Bollywood junkies whose funny bones are easy to tickle. Yes, Bol Bachchan is a hot air balloon with no air, hot or otherwise. So expect no genuine comic highs. It is certainly not my cup of lassi, as Prithviraj Raghuvanshi, the “I can talk English, I can walk English’ character played by Ajay Devgn, would say, Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV.com.
"Bol Bachchan in Mumbai lingo literally means one telling a tall tale. While the concept in itself is good, the way it has been thrust onto the viewer is juvenile. For one, Abbas Ali (Abhishek Bachchan) is the one who has to do Bol Bachchan. But sadly, his character is anything but Bol Bachchan," writes Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.
"Shetty picks up all the major plot points of the original only to alter it with his boisterous, cheesy, slapstick and visually flashy sensibilities, known to work hugely in his favour given the success of the propitiously titled Golmaal franchise. Unlike the Utpal Dutt-Amol Palekar starrer, however, Bol Bachchan isn't an out-and-out comedy throwing in large-scale action and irksome melodrama," writes Sukanya Verma, Rediff.
"Rohit Shetty’s direction is efficient as he holds the comedy together very well. He packs a solid punch again, this time, going a notch higher. Amar Mohile’s background score is effective. Himesh Reshammiya, Ajay Gogavale and Atul Gogavale’s music is the highlight of the film. The songs have been beautifully picturised. Cinematography, by Dudley, is eye-filling. Jai Singh Nijjar’s action is nice. Narendra Rahurikar’s art direction is beautiful. Editing, by Steven H. Bernard, is sharp," says Dhaniwala.
"Rohit Shetty has done his share of Golmaal-mongering over the years and made pots of gold in the bargain. With Bol Bachchan, the idea clearly is to quickly mop up Rs. 100 crore at the box office before the audience can cotton on to the ploy. Do narrative niceties really matter in such a scenario? So there," says Chatterjee.
"Abhishek Bachchan performs competently in the double role. His portrayal of the gay dancer is amusing. He could have done better in the climax scene though. Ajay Devgan is in his element as Prithviraj, the strongman with the soft heart. He is good in the action sequences. Asin performs ably. Prachi Desai does alright in a small role. Krishna Abhishek, whom many viewers might know from the small screen, is very good in his comedy timing and expressions. Asrani delivers in a short role. Neeraj Vohra is also very good. Archana Puran Singh elicits laughter from the audience. Amitabh Bachchan provides star value in a special appearance. The rest offer average support," feels Dhaniwala.
"Bol Bachchan works primarily thanks to the entertainment quotient and of course, the persuasive portrayals by its lead actors, especially Ajay and Abhishek. Ajay is super-efficient and, expectedly, his comic timing is unimpeachable. At the same time, Ajay allows Abhishek to take the lead as the film chiefly revolves around his character/s. And Abhishek does complete justice to those parts. Though Abhishek has wowed spectators with wonderful performances in the past, the two characters in Bol Bachchan are sure to multiply his fan-following by leaps and bounds." says Adarsh.
"On the whole, Bol Bachchan delivers entertainment in huge dollops. For that, it will earn the love of the paying public and will have a successful run at the box-office," concludes Dhaniwala.
"On the whole, Bol Bachchan is a dhamaal entertainer that has the Rohit Shetty stamp all over it. A film that pays homage to the cinema of 1970s and 1980s, especially the ones made by Manmohan Desai. Big stars, big visuals, big entertainment, Bol Bachchan has it all," concludes Adarsh.
"Don't strain your brain applying reason to this laugh-riot - but do buy more popcorn for that extra half-hour," concludes Das.
"Be warned. Bol Bachchan is a comedy so absurd that it could reduce you to tears of despair. Conversely, if you have the stomach for such rampant silliness, it might propel you into paroxysms of delight. The call is entirely yours," concludes Chatterjee.
"Bol Bachchan is dispensable cinema, forgotten almost immediately after it's over. What I kept wondering is how does Asrani who acted in Mukerjee's acclaimed films like Chupke Chupke, Abhimaan, Bawarchi feel about working in the remake of a film where the hero wore his kurta. Don't know what I'm talking about? You deserve Bol Bachchan. But if you do, you must have already begun scouting for your copy of Gol Maal somewhere," says Verma.