2 out of 5 (Okay)
Bajatey Raho falls short of its promise of being a laugh riot. If only the script could be well written, the film would've worked wonders.
Mansha Rastogi Fri, 26 Jul 2013
One of the big ticket releases of this week, Bajatey Raho boasts of being a rib-tickling situational comedy. Even the promos of the film reassure the same. So when you enter the theater you expect a Khosla Ka Ghosla type of riotous entertainer, however, this Eros International productions turns out to be anything but that.
Sabbarwahl (Ravi Kissen) is on a roll committing a series of frauds, all in the garb of a successful entrepreneur. But little does he know that one of his wrong doings has wreaked havoc in the lives of 4: Mrs. Baweja (Dolly Ahluwalia), Sukhi (Tusshar Kapoor), Mintoo Hasan (Vinay Pathak) and Ballu (Ranvir Shorey) which leads them to device a master plan in a bid to take revenge.
The death of Mr. Baweja due to a cardiac arrest after being framed in a bank fraud and Saira his assistant being put behind bars, Mrs. Baweja takes the situation in her hands. The victimized family members decide to no longer remain helpless and instead Bajao Sabbarwahl's band in the best way possible.
The problem with Bajatey Raho is that its story unravels pretty much in the initial 30 minutes and you spend the rest of the time only watching how the drama unspools and leads you to the finale that you anyway know from the start.
The film does take off interestingly which not only establishes the setting of Delhi but also the track of what the four characters, Mrs. Baweja, Sukhi, Mintoo and Ballu are upto. However, unlike Khosla Ka Ghosla which not only establishes the scam but also the subsequent revenge with equal importance, Bajatey Raho gives a rather preferential and half-baked treatment to it.
There's barely any built-up to the fraud that happens with Mr. Baweja hence its impact is also very feeble on the audience making the revenge saga rather more mundane. To add to it, the plotting of revenge is so long drawn that too sans any humour quotient that the film starts to bore you.
Filmmaker Shashant A Shah takes a potent situation for a riotous comedy but instead of lacing it with gags, he takes a serious and emotional approach to it which ends up making the film a drab.
What's worse, even the motley cast of Vinay Pathak, Ranvir Shorey, Ravi Kissen and Dolly Ahluwalia fail to raise the graph. It would be wrong on us only to expect Tusshar Kapoor to act but the apparent actor has already established the fact that it's something that he just can't do. Vishakha Singh is average at best and plays quite a convoluted track all thanks to the half-baked writing.
To sum it up, Bajatey Raho falls short of its promise of being a laugh riot. If only the script could be well written, the film would've worked wonders.
Critic: Mansha Rastogi
2 out of 5 (Okay)