Bbuddah - Hoga Terra Baap Hindi Movie Review
Back in '80s there was a star who gave every other actor a run for his money. And that was the Angry Young Man Amitabh Bachchan. Over the year the superstar became the Iconic Figure of India; the biggest star ever but somewhere lost out his Angry Young Man image by taking up potent character roles. The star is back, reviving his angry action hero image with Bbuddah Hoga Tera Baap. Whether he succeeds in harping his own once upon a time earned glory or not remains to be seen.
Viju (Amitabh Bachchan) is a retired gangster who returns to Mumbai to protect his son from the clutches of gangster Kabir (Prakash Raj). ACP Karan Malhotra (Sonu Sood) too is on Kabir's trail and pledges to clean the city in 2 months. Naturally, Kabir decides to bump him off. And shooters keep making failed attempts at his life. But story takes a turn when a secret that both Viju and Karan share is revealed. We wouldn't want to spoil the fun by disclosing it. So for the rest of the story watch the movie.
There seems to be this sudden south copying fixation in Bollywood with many filmmakers trying to revive the long dead 'heroism' that was a part of Hindi cinema in the '90s. Here too the attempts appear to be the same. Right from the promos of the film you can make out that the action scenes appear a copy of Dabangg which began the trend. From the promos of the movie it was absolutely clear that director Puri Jagannadh doesn't believe in subtlety. So every frame has AB showing off loud dressing style with floral prints shirt and leather jackets. But for the fans of Big B this isn't a deterrent. The real problem arises when the story begins and you keep looking up for some punch line or some trademark action scene but the film disappoints you at every juncture.
The story of Bbuddah Hoga Tera Baap is insipid with sub-plots popping up from everywhere leaving you in a fix to solve the mystery on your own. The dialogues form the biggest disappointment. Throughout the film there's just one cult dialogue of Amitabh used. Never again do any of his greatest dialogues come up. It seems that the writer never bothered going through the superstar's body of work! While dialogues are more or less lame, the cinematography by Amol Rathod is flawed at various occasions. The out of focus camera angles threaten to spoil the movie completely. However, editing by Shekhar is crisp and high-end.
The only reason why BBuddah would work or shall we say should work is Amitabh Bachchan. The superstar can still carry an entire film on his lone aging shoulders clearly stating in your face "Budha Hoga Tera Baap". For Amitabh Bachchan fans, this movie is a treat that they will never forget. But some hands-on one liners could have made this film memorable. Sonu Sood looks good but he needs to work on his romantic scenes. Yet another faux pas is the deletion of Raveena Tandon's item song from the film at the end moment. After the personal publicity done by Raveena about that song this truly may come as a shocker to her fans who are awaiting her comeback. Even her role is very miniscule and mindless. Hema Malini too gets wasted. Sonal Chauhan is average at best.
Over all, Bbuddah Hoga Tera Baap will work only for the Bachchan fan frenzy. For the others it is a disappointing fair.