CAST & CREW
Bol Bachchan is an action-comedy entertainer starring Ajay Devgan and Abhishek Bachchan, and is directed by Rohit Shetty. It is the official remake of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Gol Maal, which has Amol Palekar and Utpal Dutt in the lead roles.
Abbas Ali (Abhishek Bachchan), along with his sister, Sania ( Asin Thottumkal), go to a village called Ranakpur, in search of a job. His friend, Shashtry (Asrani), works at Prithviraj Raghuvanshi’s (Ajay Devgan) place. Prithviraj is an influential, yet kind man. He loathes falsehood and liars. He has a cousin, Vikranth Raghuvanshi, who happens to be his archrival. Vikranth is an authoritative figure in the neighbouring village of Kherwada. The temple bordering the villages were closed for many years.
Under the circumstance of saving a child’s life, Abbas breaks into the temple. When Prithviraj arrives there, Ravi ( Krishna Abhishek), Asrani’s son, introduces Abbas as Abhishek Bachchan, to steer clear of any religious conflict. Prithviraj is quite impressed and gives him a job. One day, when Prithviraj finds Abhishek Bachchan celebrating Eid, Ravi comes up with a smart plan and says the one he saw is Abbas, Abhishek’s twin brother. Prithviraj appoints Abbas, an epicene man, as a Kathak teacher for his sister, Radhika ( Prachi Desai). Abbas and Radhika fall in love. To juggle between the two characters, Abbas piles up the lies. How far did Abbas manage with the lies? Did Prithviraj accept Abbas and Radhika’s relationship? Did Prithviraj succeed in confessing his love for Sania, who resembles his dead girlfriend? Watch the film to find out!
Rohit Shetty does a reasonably good job in remaking the classic Gol Maal. While Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s strength lies in the simplicity, Rohit Shetty tends to go ‘over the top’. With the ‘larger-than-life’ action sequences and hilarious comic scenes, he keeps the audience entertained throughout, but the climax scene falters a bit. The director of photography (Dudley) does a superb job by capturing the lively and colorful mood of the village. Writing by Sajid-Farhad tickles your funny bones, but becomes lazy at times. Music by Himesh Reshammiya and Ajay-Atul, beautifully merges with the ongoing plot and adds the much-needed zing to it.
Ajay Devgan, as the tough, yet kind man, with his obsession of speaking English, is lovable. His dialogues, especially word to word translation of Hindi idioms to English, will leave you in splits. Abhishek Bachchan plays the dual role with ease. His role as effeminate Abbas is tailor-made for him. His comic act is near perfect. Asin Thottumkal and Prachi Desai are sweet in their limited roles. Krishna Abhishek, one of TV’s favourite stand-up comedians, essays this role confidently. His bang-on comic timing adds so much to the film. Archana Puran Singh as Zohra, acting as the unreal mother of Abbas, is superb. Neeraj Vohra, as the sidekick of Ajay Devgan, is neat and funny.
1. Good performances.
2. Rohit Shetty brand filming.
3. Foot tapping music.
4. Amitabh Bachchan in the title song.
What’s not there?
1. Effective climax.
Watch it for entertainment, entertainment and entertainment!
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