Movie review: 'Bajatey Raho'
The film is a drab except for some stray funny sequences. It has too much noise and no substance
Director: Shashant Shah
Cast: Tusshar Kapoor, Vinay Pathak, Ranvir Shorey, Ravi Kissen, Dolly Ahluwalia
Now this was a promising story. An honest bank employee gets framed by his employer and sent to jail and he dies in shock. His wife and son get together with two other people to avenge the humiliation. A plot like this could have been laced with black humour so thick that the audience could sit back and smile in smug satisfaction at the smart lines and clever screenplay. No sir, that’s not the case here though. Instead we get two plus hours of unoriginal lines (even the SMS jokes used to pepper the script are as old as the hills), uninspired plot and loud, forced humour. As if all this was not enough to kill our appetite, the villain of the piece, Sabharwal played by Ravi Kissen is seen wolfing down food in the most unbecoming way, chomping and chewing his way to earn pure disgust.
Tusshar Kapoor is earnest as usual, but by now he must know that just that is definitely not enough. He plays this cable guy who is out to get his father’s respect back and in the process falls in love with a choreographer (Vishakha Singh). Vishakha is bright and chirpy (even though her chemistry with Tusshar is at a below zero level). Ranvir Shorey and Vinay Pathak sleep walk through this film. Their characters could have been picked up from any other earlier films that they have acted in and it would have made no difference to anyone. Dolly Ahluwalia’s character is key to the plot and she does enough justice to it. Only if she was given a better platform. Brijesh Kala as Sabharwal’s Man Friday does a commendable job with the limited opportunity.
There are some stray funny scenes, like the mata ki chowki sequence, which kind of comes as a pleasant surprise in this otherwise drab movie, but those obviously are of no help.
The film has a 12-year-old role-playing the head of a catering business in one scene. I suspect the same was done with the direction of this movie too…