Nawazuddin Siddiqui has been on a roll this year. He has regaled us with his quirky roles in Raees, Mom, Munna Michael and he often delivers better performance than the lead hero. So when the man himself was cast as a lead in and as Babumoshai Bandookbaaz, one had to be excited. The film is set in a rustic village in Uttar Pradesh with director Kushan Nandy welding the camera. The film also stars Bengali actress Bidita Bag, Divya Dutta and Murali Sharma.
Should you go on a date with Babumoshai Bandookbaaz or is he a gangster you better stay away from? Read in my review.
What’s it about
Babu (Nawaz) is a much in demand sharp shooter who is a favourite with politicians on Uttar Pradesh’s small town that’s soon going into elections. When they want to eliminate opposition, Babu is summoned and he gets the money that he demands. He is great at his work and extremely proud of what he does. But his loyalties have to change depending on who’s giving more moolah. One such switch of parties wins him a place in Jagat Jiji Sumitra’s (Divya Dutta) bad books. She and her men (regarded as Baahubalis in UP’s interiors) turn against him. As fate would have it, Banke Bihari (Sachin Chaubey) enters his life. He calls him his ‘chela’ but aspires to outdo Babu when it comes to a fresh contract that they both have been hired for. You see a surprising bond between the two rivals. Just when you mistake them as one team, there comes a twist in the story that leaves you spellbound. Apart from killing people for money, Babu is also a fan of the exotic beauty of Phulluwa (Bidita Bag). The film turns into an unexpected love story and takes Babu on a path where he will now have to kill, not for money but to seek revenge from all the trusted people who played him.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui is the best part of the film that lacks the ability to keep you gripped with its slow storytelling. He is a delight to watch – be it in his Bindaas, badass scenes or the ones when he exposes his sensitive side after learning of the lies he has been told. You see two extremes of his personality and he effortlessly makes you fall in love with both. ALSO READ: Babumoshai Bandookbaaz Quick Movie Review: Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Film Fires Blank
The first half is decent, but the twist in the last few minutes before the interval keep your hopes high. Just when you once again start seeing the predictability of it all, Babumoshai Bandookbaaz turns into a love story with the lover Babu seeking to avenge his lady love’s death.
The story lacks the punch but Ghalib Asad Bhopali redeems himself with the dialogues. There’s humour and spark in his one liners and complemented with the desi dialect, will ensure a few laughs. Vishal Vittal does a great job in capturing the nuances of the rustic landscape of Uttar Pradesh.
Bidita Bag looks stunning as the village belle and Shraddha Das is wasted. Special mention to Sachin Chaubey who plays the apt sidekick to Nawaz and shows great potential. Divya Dutta as the powerful politician who doesn’t mind using her charm and her body to get work done or to save her a** is so convincing that she will make you loathe her. But we have seen her play such bold and strong roles earlier as well.
The story is slow and fails to keep you gripped. The women in the film are shown in a stereotypical way where they all love to flaunt their cleavage and love new men for company in the bedroom. The sex scenes are romps, no two ways about it. They are shot in all their rawness but are forced into the film’s narration. It seems like the director wants to use titillation to draw audience to the theatres for a film that otherwise has nothing much to offer.
What to do
Watch it for Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who delivers an impeccable performance in his boldest ever avatar. After Maanjhi and Haraamkhor, he once again proves that he can carry a film on his solo shoulders.
India.com rating: 2.5 stars
Watch the official trailer of Babumoshai Bandookbaaz below:
Babumoshai Bandookbaaz releases in theatres on August 25, 2017