Bin Bulaye Baraati
Dir: Chandrakant Singh
Cast: Aftab Shivdasani, Priyanka Kothari, Om Puri, Johnny Lever, Gulshan Grover, Sanjay Mishra, Vijay Raaz, Shweta Tiwari
With a line-up of seasoned character actors known for their comic timings, this could have been a laugh ride.
But the makers felt their mere presence was enough to prop the film letting them loose in a meandering script and jumping from one character to another is bound to test the audience's patience.
Add to this the inane dialogues that go Chaavi, loha, Qatar, Doha!, Paakana aur chandi lota there's no respite from the balderdash.
The director's earlier outing was Ramaa Ramaa Kya Hai Dramaa a question that the audience needs to ask him for making BBB. With three writers (Praful Parekh, Mohd Salim, Dilip Shukla) on board, each seemed to be on a trip to outdo each other in the gags, but far from funny, they land up being corny.
The story is about a baddie Durjan Singh aka King Cobra (Gulshan Grover in yet another of his menacing kohl-eyed looks), two goons Gajraj (Mukesh Tiwari) and Ranjeet (Hemant Pandey), who aid Durjan in his wheeling dealings.
Their bag (full of jewels) accidentally lands up with lovebirds AD (Aftab) and Shreya (Priyanka) who are on the run. The couple is being chased by police inspector PP (Om Puri).
The lovers bump into Murari (Rajpal), Hazari (Sanjay) and Chetta Singh (Vijay) on the road. Just when you think the chase will get exciting, the five land up in a village terrorised by King Cobra.
The villagers consider them to be their saviours while King Cobra hisses for revenge. To add to this assorted lot is drag queen Sajjan Singh (Lever), who has the hots for beefcake AD! Mayhem is let loose....
To play to the gallery there is Mallika Sherawat's Shalu Ke Thumke item number to make B-Town's Munni and Sheila go for a long vacation. While Shweta Tiwari's number Jawani Ka Achar Dalogi is to bring in the ceetees.
The no-brainer was made purely for the aam janata of the hinterland. Dishing out any fare will do for them as long as there is naach gana along with risque humour, script, story, acting and everything else doesn't matter.
The director's other film Be Careful is stuck. Hopefully, he will have better sense to literally follow it for his next.