Scenes are mounted like skits the place the younger and senior con artists are launched in a brand new set of guises after each jiffy
Often humorous, largely pretentious, this over-the-top reboot of the lovable con franchise spends extra time fussing over its model worth than telling a narrative. Vimmy Trivedi (Rani Mukerji) and Rakesh Trivedi (Saif Ali Khan instead of Abhishek Bachchan) are compelled out of their home bliss to tackle a brand new set of con artists (Siddharth Chaturvedi and Sharvari Wagh) who’ve carried out a sequence of heists utilizing the title of Bunty Aur Babli.
From giving Ganga river on lease beneath a public-private partnership scheme to a political chief amassing big donations on her birthday or for that matter rampant unemployment regardless of churning out engineers by the minute from non-public training factories, writer-director Varun Sharma hints at real-life situations within the guise of humour however someway the screenplay feels extra like a Powerpoint presentation to steer a producer to put money into his model.
Scenes are mounted like skits the place the younger and senior con artists are launched in a brand new set of guises after each jiffy. The con jobs work when the makers are capable of promote them to the paying viewers, to not the gullible characters on display screen. When the accent has not been chewed sufficient, it irks. Pankaj Tripathi, because the wily police officer who ropes in Vimmy and Rakesh, exhibits learn how to do it however the lead gamers are discovered wanting. After a degree, even the unassuming Tripathi seems to be at a loss as to learn how to sail over a script the place the whole lot is underlined with a bleeding marker.
One misses Jaideep Sahni’s writing within the authentic that seamlessly built-in the escapism to the restlessness of the unemployed youth within the new millennium. One seems to be for Gulzar’s lyrics that had put a that means to the desires of the small-town youth. Within the title of continuity, what we get is Vimmi’s vibrant attire turning garish this time.
Siddharth is suitably cocky as he performs a variant of his Gully Boy character. He and Sharvari catch the attention, elevate the cool quotient of the franchise, little else.
Taking the chirpy Vimmi ahead, the dependable Rani is a little bit too earnest right here. In an try and be the scene-stealer, she spoils fairly a couple of as a result of the author doesn’t present the fabric to match her high-pitched efficiency. Within the authentic, Abhishek, along with his brooding depth, proved to be an amazing foil to her however right here Saif, who’s often wonderful in portraying tongue-in-cheek humour, appears to have been requested to maintain it loud and one-note. Maybe, it has been executed to create a distinction with the kids. However in a bid to look dated, you don’t must act old style. Vimmi and Rakesh preserve saying to one another to not be overdramatic however the makers don’t appear to pay any heed. In consequence, in the dead of night theatre, one hand retains trying to find the TV distant!
(’Bunty Aur Babli 2’ is presently working in theatres)