‘BUNTY AUR BABLI 2’ IS A LOGICAL SEQUEL, MOSTLY ENTERTAINING

Rating: 3.5/5
Director Varun V. Sharma manages to give you a decent entertainer with logics in place, but misses  to give a sleek affair

It’s interesting how the original Bunty and Babli are made to revamp their own existence by the new age ones. Bunty Aur Babli 2 is an ode to the original film, giving you the much needed contemporary contexts, keeping the entertainment quotient alive. There are a few misses, but the hits are more, thankfully making it an endearing watch, for the major portion of it. But mind you, the misses are not that you can casually ignore.

Watch the trailer here:

PLOT

Kunal (Siddhant Chaturvedi) and Sonia (Sharvari Wagh) are the new Bunty and Babli in the state of Uttar Pradesh, in their own version of self-proclaimed Robinhood. While the young guns are conning people in the state, the original ones- Rakesh-Vimmi (Saif Ali Khan-Rani Mukherji) are leading a happily chaotic family life in Phursatgunj. They are in for a spin when Jatayu Singh (Pankaj Tripathi), the whacky cop assigns them the task of capturing the new cons in town.

STORY/SCREENPLAY/GENERAL

The story is written by Aditya Chopra. Good story for a sequel of such a big film, with logic in place. You would have two questions from the trailer- Why do we not have Abhishek Bachchan here? What happened to Amitabh Bachchan? While the real answer to the former one will probably will always be a mystery, the answer to the second one is given with a proper base here. The screenplay by Varun Sharma is also decent for the major part of the film, mostly in the establishing sense and more so till the point of interval.

Things get loose for you just as the second half begins. This is where the capturing of the new cons takes place. How will it be done? What is the modus operandi that the astute original cons will employ? This is what majorly forms the chunk for the second half, and you don’t quite like it. What happens in the first half is not only entertaining but also exciting for you to watch because you get many perspectives. Why do the new people adopt the name Bunty and Babli? Why do they con people? Who do they con? How do the original ones get involved in all the drama? What will they do? Can they do it in the first place? What happens when stakes are taken higher for the original ones as their ‘brand name’ has been used as a copyright infringement? Forming as the setup, you are very much invested in the drama.

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Saif Ali Khan, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Sharvari Wagh, and Rani Mukherji in a promotional clip (image source: indianexpress.com)

But the second half lags. It becomes caricaturish as you see these smart cunning people acting as clowns even in front of each other. Some things are also not believable here. You time and again question the plausibility. It is only during the climax portions that you once again are hooked into the plot. But by then, you have been left a little disappointed with the screenplay. Story has worked well though, not the screenplay. It is also a weak point of the film that it becomes mostly about these 4 people and nobody around (even though the actors are popular) gets its due as on screen characters.

One thing- that goes as the liberty of filmmakers- is that the fraudulent activities could be more realistic. A little more thought in conceiving the acts could bring more interest and intrigue. This however is not a major point to frown about because the film ultimately remains a casual drama about undertaking conning in a humorous manner. You may not laugh as such, but will remain amused all throughout. The good point is that the Saif-Rani have been made to look tacky while Siddhant-Sharvari move with stylish swag. The film has vibrant style written all over, much to the signature of Yashraj.

PERFORMANCES

Saif Ali Khan effortlessly slips into the shoes of Abhishek Bachchan as Bunty. While you do miss Abhishek, Saif makes sure you are not left disappointed. He makes your film viewing experience worthwhile by rendering his own nuances to the role once essayed by Abhishek. You like him thoroughly, and with a paunch here, you are blown over by his cuteness also.

Rani Mukherji lacks agility in her body. Otherwise, she still carries that eccentricity that she had in the 2005 film. Infact looking at her, you actually feel that it is the same character who has aged since 2005 and hence her restrictions in physical movement are also justified. You see her as Babli right from the first scene and are constantly reminded of her funny banters in the original film.

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Scenes from the film (image source: youtube.com)

Siddhant Chaturvedi is too good. This is 2nd film and he is fiery on camera. Smooth. Thorough. Effortless. He delivers his lines with confidence and is perfect in his timing as well. Same can be said about Sharvari as well. Although this is her debut film, she has showed her acting talent before as well. She comes across as someone who promises to go a long way. With a confident and bold personality, she also acts with ease.

Pankaj Tripati brings a never ending smile on your face. Although he is present in the film for quite a long time, his role hasn’t been written well. Tripathi however doesn’t disappoint. Brijendra Kala is underutilised. So are Prem Chopra, Asrani, Yashpal Sharma, and Gopal Dutt. These stalwarts have been taken on board but haven’t been strong characters.

OTHER TECHNICALITIES

The songs by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy are doing good as numbers. In the film also, they do fairly good. But you expect better from the trio. The score by Julius Packiam is gripping and fairly binds the film together.

Cinematography by Gavemic U Ary is bright and colourful. it is majorly simple, not going overboard. The characters come alive through intelligent use of colours and lights. Production design by Rajat Poddar must be credited for creating sets that give characters more meanings. Similarly the costumes also have been designed with a clear thought on enhancing the characters and their personality. The loud makeup for Rani Mukherji speaks volumes of her characterisation.

Editing by Aarif Sheikh is fair. The first half is extremely interesting and the second one could have been better with a little more crisp treatment in the scenes.

Entertainment point of view- it’s a good film to watch. Theatres have opened and it is a good reason for you to go out there and enjoy the charm of the big screen.

Rochak Saxena

Rochak Saxena a Mass Media Teacher, former journalist at DNA and an ardent lover of Hindi films - literally. The blog derives its name from the popular term ‘Willing Suspension of Disbelief’, most commonly used in the world of literature and cinema. Meaning to immerse yourself in an unreal world (where you know what you see on screen is fake) with a self-proclaimed/declared belief/wish to consider it real, the willing world becomes magical. It’s the same magic every Friday that drives Rochak to share things in the perspective that it needs to be observed with. Every film is different. And the difference needs to be cherished.

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