Dir: Poori Jagannath Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Hema Malini, Minissha Lamba
Buddah Hoga Terra Baap
Dir: Poori Jagannath
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Hema Malini, Minissha Lamba
This one's larger than life. Totally expected from Puri Jagannadh (Wanted), who like some of his other south Indian colleagues, believes in building heroes, who tower above mere mortals. With Buddah, he didn't have to try too hard. He has to elevate a close to 70 legend, with an insatiable zest for life and is a treasure house of talent to a superhero's position, his job becomes all the more easier.
Buddah Hoga Terra Baap is tailored to make Bachchan fans get tingly and nostalgic about his reign as a powerful action hero.
Bachchan, needless to say, shines in the role of Viju, an ageing gangster, who is the sharpest shooter around and who hates being referred to as an old man. Viju has an agenda up his sleeve and he goes about his life in the most stylish manner that an old man of his age can even conceive.
He rides a Harley and he wears the most colourful ensemble. And yes, he has three watches on his wrist, the mystery of which is revealed in the film. His clothes are tacky, loud and sometimes downright ugly. Yet, no one could dare to carry it as well as Mr. Bachchan does. He acts, he sings (his Haal-e-dil is nice), he dances, he romances, he fights, he narrates stories (in that sexy baritone) and he keeps his fans mesmerized.
That's about it. The story is non-existent, the direction is haphazard and there are other solid drawbacks. Most of the other actors, by default relegated to look like extras, seem to think hamming is in. Prakash Raj, the main villain of the piece, being the main culprit.
Hema Malini is grace personified and does justice to her small role. Sonu Sood, one guy to his enormous luck, who can actually pass off as Bachchan's son, is decent.
Raveena Tandon is wasted as a shivering, simpering woman, who goes all jelly kneed when she spots Viju, her ex boyfriend. If this is what they mean by a comeback, still so ravishing Ravs would have been better off without one. Her much hyped item song is mysteriously missing.
About the younger girls in the film, Sonal Chauhan and a south import, Charmee Kaur, lesser said the better.
Not a classic by any yardstick. But don't you miss it if you are a true blue Bachchan fan.