By Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM
A word of caution: BUDDHA MAR GAYA is piping hot stuff! You
haven't watched something like this before. Be prepared for a bagful of
adult jokes that's sure to leave you gaping in shock. At the cost of
repeating oneself, let's also add that you need to lock your brains at home
when you enter the cineplex to watch BUDDHA MAR GAYA.
Rahul Rawail goes all out this time. His new endeavor touches almost
every topic under the sun -- from extra-marital affairs to gay relationships
to incest to 'corpse selling'... Most importantly, it mirrors a sad reality:
Money is the be-all and end-all.
BUDDHA MAR GAYA is aimed at the masses, those who swear by
nonsensical entertainers. It's not for the faint-hearted. You ought to have a
strong stomach to absorb a film like BUDDHA MAR GAYA since it
shocks you at regular intervals. It's not for those with an appetite for
meaningful cinema or for critics, who run down masala/mass appealing
films since it's fashionable to do so.
Be forewarned, if you're ready for shocks, BUDDHA MAR GAYA is
just for you!
Laxmikant Kabadiya aka LK [Anupam Kher] is one of India's richest
industrialists, a self-made man. His conglomerate is on the verge of a 5000
crore IPO that should make them one of the largest companies in the
country. LK's family comprising of his spinster twin sister [Mahabanoo
Mody Kotwal], his two sons Ranjeet [Bobby Parvez] and Sameer [Mukesh
Tiwari], their wives Shruti [Mannat Kaur] and Anju [Mona Ambegaonkar],
respectively, Ranjeet's daughters Sanjana [Heenaa Biswas] and Namrata
[Madhvi Singh] and Sameer's son Pawan [Jay Soni] can't stop salivating at
the thought of all that money.
Unfortunately for all of them, fate displays a wicked sense of humor.
On the night before the IPO opens, LK dies while copulating with a starlet
[Raakhi Sawant], who's aspiring to become the heroine of a film that LK
plans to produce. The family is distraught and horrified. Not because a
loved one has died, but because now no one will buy their shares. So, on
the advice of their family guru Vidyut Baba [Om Puri], the family decides
to hide the death of LK for a period of two days till the shares are all sold
Hiding the death of a man as famous as LK is a Herculean task. To
make matters worse, every time they're ready to announce LK's death, fate
intervenes, forcing them to keep his death hidden for another couple of
days. Which results in them having to announce the death of a fictitious
friend or relative of LK's. And stage fake funerals. Which, of course,
means generating dead bodies and worse, getting the dead LK to make
appearances at these funerals.
Complicating matters further are an inquisitive and greedy servant
[Paresh Rawal], the Minister's fixer [Murli Sharma], a procurer of dead
bodies [Ranveer Shorey], the paparazzi and for good measure a couple of
cops. And of course internal jealousies, greed, rivalries within the family
only add spice to the goings on.
The tagline of BUDDHA MAR GAYA is, 'You will die laughing', and
the film remains faithful to this statement at most times. Of course, you
don't break into laughter in every scene, but the fact is that you cannot
control your laughter on several occasions. Sure, you may find the brand
of humor juvenile and a few jokes obscene, especially the Raakhi Sawant
track, but the masses will simply love these portions. In fact, BUDDHA
MAR GAYA is hot, steamy and spicy with tremendous shock-value.
Director Rahul Rawail steps into a new territory with BUDDHA MAR
GAYA and as a storyteller, narrates an interesting plot successfully.
Agreed, a film like BUDDHA MAR GAYA is not everybody's idea of
entertainment, but Rawail knows his fundas right. He uses everything on
the shelf to make a black comedy. Yet, it must be mentioned that the
writing could've been tighter. The screenplay isn't too convincing at times,
like the Murli Sharma track or the Manoj Joshi episode in the climax. The
writing goes awry on these occasions.
Rawail's idea of using popular tracks in the background, like 'Beedi'
[OMKARA], 'Cheeni Kum' [CHEENI KUM] and 'Chak De Phatte'
[KHOSLA KA GHOSLA] add to the enjoyment. Dialogues [Anand
Sivakumaran] are dipped in sarcasm at times and are saucy at places.
However, a film like BUDDHA MAR GAYA signifies that the censors
have become quite lenient these days, which is a welcome sign.
BUDDHA MAR GAYA doesn't demand histrionics as such, but the
ones who stand out are Om Puri [terrific], Mukesh Tiwari [able], Mona
Ambegaonkar [competent], Bobby Parvez [nice], Jay Soni [confident] and
Mahabanoo Mody Kotwal [fantastic].
Anupam Kher, the narrator and also the corpse, is very good. Paresh
Rawal deserved better lines and situations. Rakhi Sawant is in top form.
Ranveer Shorey is okay. Murli Sharma is efficient. Prem Chopra is
On the whole, BUDDHA MAR GAYA has terrific title-value, abundant
shock-value and strong entertainment-value as factors going in its favor. At
the box-office, this one's for the masses completely!
Bollywood.com Rating: 2.5
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