Director – Puri Jagannadh
Cast – Amitabh Bachan , Prakash Raj, Sonu Sood, Hema Malini, Sonal Chouhan, Raveena Tandon
Budha Hoga Tera Baap (BHTB) is a great entertainer if you leave your brains back at home. Yes, it is a no-brainer. And for the same reason, it is a whole lot of fun . Watch it for the “budha”, I say. He makes it worth the penny. If you are the kind who likes the brilliance of a plot and loves to have in-depth discussions on the movie, Iam sorry , this is no Indian version of Inception. BHTB has no plot, thank you very much. Infact, even if you want to discuss, you wouldn’t remember anything at all about the movie, ten minutes after it is over. It has some good performances and some clean jokes though. This is just a time-pass movie you can watch with friends on a weekend or even after a long day’s work on a weekday. It is a such a stress buster on weekdays, I tell you. Oh! And yes, you can safely watch it with the family also. What are clean entertainments for?
To begin with, AB is absolutely delectable as the charming oldie. I feel that he is the only Indian veteran actor who can pull off a George Clooney act. A lot of the other older actors (I refrain from naming them for the fear of hurting sentiments. No, not the actors’, but their fans. Iam not so vain to think that popular actors are so jobless to read what I write) look ridiculous and rather stupid romancing heroines half their age. And thankfully, he is not romancing an 18-year old. He is paired opposite the elegant Hema Malini who can give the young actresses of today a run for their money. (I want to look like Hema Malini when I grow old. But for that to happen, right now I need to look like how she was a couple of decades ago. Hmmm…..My chances are really bleak). Iam really not a big fan of old couples romancing. I might be prejudiced and my views are likely to change when I become… err… old. Or maybe I become a more firm believer. Anyways, right now, I like it better when romance is limited to the young and peppy, atleast on screen. That is why I despised the onscreen romance between AB and Jaya in Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham. (I seriously feel that KJo should stick to hosting gossip shows and leave the movie-making to more sensible people). But all the conversation between AB and Hema Malini are quite endearing in this movie. They talk like normal grown-ups (who are not influenced by MTV Splitsvilla) and their emotions looked real. Despite the fights and the distance, their fondness for each other was quite obvious. Each time Hema Malini tries to pick up an argument, AB just lets it go. Cute, ain’t it?
Sonu Sood , who plays AB’s son has tried to recreate AB’s on screen magic of the yester years by playing an “angry young man/cop” and was half as convincing. His romantic interest was a pretty young thing Sonal Chouhan who was well….pretty… and young too. Ravishing Raveena Tandon made a come-back in this movie and was quite ravishing. But I wondered how she said yes to playing mom to a college-going girl. But this was no ordinary mommy. She was playing a Lilette-Dubey type of cool mommy, but was not even half as charming. Someone who got all my kudos is the seasoned actor Prakash Raj, who excelled in his role of an Underworld Don. His comic timing was purrrr-fect!
Director Puri Jagannadh made a great effort to bring back the memories of the 80’s movies. This is essentially an action flick, where you would see Big B (a returned criminal) take on the underworld. But there is lot of subtle humour thrown along the way to make it more enjoyable. The songs in the movie were hummable, especially the very the endearing “Haal E Dil”, for which Amitab Bachan has lend his voice. The movie also has a rare treat for the lovers of 80’s music. There is a compilation of all of Amitabh’s popular songs sung by Amitabh and Abhishek Bachan. But as I said, watch it for the “Budha”! Everyone else and everything else pales in comparison.