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Comic caper



FUN ALL THE WAY: Bunty Aur Babli

Bunty aur Babli
Genre: Comedy
The cast: Abhishek Bachchan,
Rani Mukherjee and Amitabh Bachchan
The director: Shaad Ali Sahgal
The storyline: Bunty and Babli take the world for a ride, playing `Catch Me If You Can' with Deputy Commissioner Dashrath.
The bottomline: Don't think, just enjoy

This rip-roaring rollercoaster of a comic caper is only for those blessed with a generous sense of humour. You can't help but like this film, simply because of the colourful characters and the casual air with which the charismatic actors carry off the roles.

Abhishek Bachchan rocks. Rani rules. And, Big B (Amitabh Bachchan) shows us yet again why he's still the `baap' (father) of Bollywood!

The film starts off on a realistic note with the central characters stuck in sticky, sentimental family situations. Vimmi's (Rani) dad wants her married and Rakesh's (Abhishek) dad insists that he becomes a ticket collector, just like him.

Thus, Shaad Ali Sahgal sets the perfect stage for the characters to escape from the claustrophobic, monotonous drudgery of everyday life. Escape is what the film provides from the minute the characters run away from home and decide to take the easy way out: Con the world to fame.

Soon, emotional sentimentality paves the way for comic book stylisation as Vimmi and Rakesh become `Bunty aur Babli,' the con-artistes who have fun-on-the-run, one adventure after another sparking off a laugh riot.

The one where they sell the Taj Mahal to the seventh richest man in the world is their crowning glory.

As they play `Catch Me if You Can' with Deputy Commissioner Dashrath (Amitabh Bachchan), they find the chase getting too close for comfort.

Post-interval, director Shaad Ali decides to make the most out of Amitabh Bachchan's electric screen presence with caustic one-liners and capitalises on the father-son chemistry, with an item number featuring Aishwarya Rai added for flavour.

Abhishek and Rani not just look good together, they make for a loveable couple. If you're already familiar with the songs, you are simply going to love them more once you watch them. The tributes are there in plenty. Shaadi Ali pays his respects to his mentor Mani Ratnam. On the flip side, "Bunty aur Babli" is not clever. It totally banks on charm. And it ends before you expect it to, so much so that it is almost an anti-climax.

SUDHISH KAMATH

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