Mixed Reaction to Bol Bachchan

Rohit Shetty is a name to reckon with in Bollywood. The director has delivered five box office hits one after another. ‘Singham’ was his last movie based on action. 'Golmaal', 'Golmaal 2', 'Golmaal Returns', 'All The Best' were all slapstick comedies with huge star cast. Rohit has returned to the formula with his latest venture ‘Bol Bachchan’. The movie released all over India on Friday, 6th July 2012. The following weekend has witnessed full houses. However the reactions from the critics are mixed on ‘Bol Bachchan’.

The movie has a glittering star cast alike its predecessors. Abhishek Bachchan plays the central role in the movie and certainly delivers one of his best performances. He is hilarious in the double role. Ajay Devgan as Prithviraj is convincing in his role. He plays a muscle man with a kind heart. Prachi Desai and Asin are the leading ladies of the movie. Beautiful eye candies for sore vision. Archana Puran Singh, Asrani and Krishna Abhishek are good in their short roles and are successful to extract the laughs from the audience. Amitabh Bachchan in a guest appearance adds the glamour and glitz to the flick.

The movie is a remake of the 1970’s classic ‘Gol Maal’, starring Utpal Dutt and Amol Palekar. Though the basic plot is from the old movie, it is hugely modified to be relevant to the present time. "Shetty picks up all the major plot points of the original only to alter it with his boisterous, cheesy, slapstick and visually flashy sensibilities, known to work hugely in his favor given the success of the propitiously titled Golmaal franchise. Unlike the Utpal Dutt-Amol Palekar starrer, however, Bol Bachchan isn't an out-and-out comedy throwing in large-scale action and irksome melodrama," writes Sukanya Verma, Rediff.

"This one’s strictly for Bollywood junkies whose funny bones are easy to tickle. Yes, ‘Bol Bachchan’ is a hot air balloon with no air, hot or otherwise. So expect no genuine comic highs. It is certainly not my cup of lassi, as Prithviraj Raghuvanshi, the ‘I can talk English, I can walk English’ character played by Ajay Devgan, would say” states Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV.com.

"Bol Bachchan in Mumbai lingo literally means one telling a tall tale. While the concept in itself is good, the way it has been thrust onto the viewer is juvenile. For one, Abbas Ali (Abhishek Bachchan) is the one who has to do Bol Bachchan. But sadly, his character is anything but Bol Bachchan," writes Martin D'Souza.

The final statement that captures the essence of the movie is from Dhaniwala, "On the whole, Bol Bachchan delivers entertainment in huge dollops. For that, it will earn the love of the paying public and will have a successful run at the box-office".