By Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM
When one sits on the fence and analyzes movies, passing scathing and
acidic comments on all and sundry, be it films or those associated with it,
the same people you'd targeted are bound to examine your film with a
magnifying glass, when they get an opportunity.
Sajid Khan is known for his funny-n-witty repartees and in his first
major project HEYY BABYY, he not only merges funny situations and
emotional moments with aplomb, but also makes a compelling, wholesome
HEYY BABYY is not completely THREE MEN AND A BABY. Sure,
you draw parallels since both THREE MEN AND A BABY and HEYY
BABYY revolve around a trio of confirmed bachelors who unexpectedly
discover the joys of fatherhood when a baby is left at their doorstep, but
the similarities end there. In fact, the promos in this case don't open the
cards completely. There's more to this film than masti-mazaak and the three
men chasing girls of all shapes and sizes.
HEYY BABYY also works because the script is believable and the
journey from Scene A to Z is well structured. Of course, there're minor
aberrations, but the finale packs in a solid punch.
Sajid Khan is a skilled storyteller. Although he's known for impromptu,
funny one-liners, it's the handling of the emotional moments in the
enterprise that catches you by complete surprise. Note another aspect
where a director makes all the difference: Akshay, Fardeen and Ritesh have
been a part of comic capers in the past, but after having watched this trio in
HEYY BABYY, not once do you feel that they're repeating
HEYY BABYY promises entertainment unlimited and delivers it with
aplomb. Do carry your kerchief along. It makes you laugh, it makes you
moist-eyed. This Babyy rocks!
Three bachelors -- Aroush [Akshay Kumar], Tanmay [Ritesh
Deshmukh] and Ali [Fardeen Khan] -- are having the time of their lives in
Sydney. They flirt around, sleep around and have numerous 'gorgeous'
conquests to their credit.
They suddenly find their dating and mating rituals irreparably
destroyed when a dimpled little roommate lands up on their doorstep.
Aroush, Tanmay and Ali know a thing or two about women, but when it
comes to babies, they're total zeroes and this bouncing bundle of joy is
anything but joyous. But then Angel works her charm and before long, the
three lecherous bachelors have been transformed into loving, caring
But beautiful Esha [Vidya Balan] will have none of it. She has known
heart break once and will do anything to avenge that betrayal. And if it
means breaking the hearts of three men who've finally discovered they
possess one, then too bad!
Sajid Khan wastes no time and comes to the point [the bachelors
finding an abandoned baby at their doorstep] at the very start, immediately
after their frivolous attitude is exposed in the title track. The sequences with
the baby are entertaining, but it's the turning point -- when the baby gets
critically ill and the guys realize their folly -- that's a master stroke from the
writing and execution point of view. The viewer is in for another surprise at
the interval point. It takes the story to another high altogether.
The second half starts off well, but loses its shine partly as Fardeen
and Ritesh go to lengths to get the baby back. The sequence in the car
[Fardeen] is hilarious, but not the entire track. The sequences in
Wonderland and also when Akshay and Ritesh disguise themselves as
Arabs in a restaurant fall flat. Fortunately, HEYY BABYY picks up in the
penultimate reels again. The last few minutes make you forget the
deficiencies as it races towards a fulfilling finale.
The writing [screenplay: Sajid Khan, Milap Zaveri] hits a high note in
the first hour, but should've been as cohesive in the second hour as well.
Yet, there are moments in this hour that you carry home. Dialogues [Milap
Zaveri] are simple; they don't get flowery at any point. Cinematography
[Himman Dhamija] is of superior quality. The stunning locales of Sydney
look equally striking on screen.
Musically [Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy], it's a hit score. A mix of peppy and
melodious numbers, the ones that stand out are the title track [with an array
of actresses making fleeting appearances] and 'Mast Kalandar' [SRK
Akshay is in terrific form. This role offers him ample scope to go
beyond the comic roles he specializes in. Sure, he makes you laugh, but he
also makes you moist-eyed when he pines for his baby. One performance
that should find a prominent place in his impressive repertoire.
Fardeen springs a surprise. He hasn't worked in as many comic
capers, but handles his part confidently. Ritesh is dependable yet again.
The youngster is so comfortable in light roles that even if he sleepwalks,
he'd make you giggle. His usage of Marathi in a kiddie party will be greeted
Vidya Balan is superb. Not only does she look bewitching, but also
enacts her part with amazing ease. A highly competent actress, she's got all
it takes to reach the top slot. Boman Irani doesn't get much footage, but
makes his presence felt in the introductory sequence mainly. The baby is
On the whole, HEYY BABYY is an entertainer that has something for
everyone. At the box-office, it has the potential to rock big time. The
fantastic opening of the film has only proved sone pe suhaaga… Grab a
Bollywood.com Rating 3.5
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