Buddhah Hoga Tera Baap – Movie Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on July 3, 2011 | No Comments
PRODUCER – AB Corp
DIRECTOR – Poori Jagannath
Buddhah Hoga Tera Baap ends with a slate that says, ‘This film is a tribute to Amitabh Bachchan’. Indeed, the film is more of a tribute to worshipful fanboy-ism and the lengths it will go to deify its heroes.
In this amazing example of a tribute Amitabh Bachchan plays an ex-gangster Viju, come back to the game to save the life of his ACP son. The angry young son is the ACP of the area who has antagonized the goons enough to have them baying for his blood. Viju jumps into the fray of the gang and thwarts their plans ultimately re-uniting with his family.
But all this not before he gets his son the girl he has heart set on (Sonal Chauhan). Viju also, in the meanwhile has a once-besotted by him girl (Raveena Tandon) come back in his life.
The film, even though completely in love with the Big B has a semblance of a decent story that keeps moving ahead even if it is constantly interrupted with flashing the leading man’s charm and machismo. All the other actors and characters are made to pale in comparison to this towering personality’s dynamism. A wasted Hema Malini and incongruous Raveena Tandon hang in there as two women in his life that polarized it, one he wants to go back to but who won’t take him back and the other who is chasing him but he is merely suffering. Among all this there is Sonu Sood’s angry young man constantly escaping his enemies with a filmy bravado and his lady-love Sonal Chauhan who loves spurring his love overtures.
Carefully designed to project Bachchan as the invincible superstar, the film has him play a cool version of himself in colourful scarves and shades. He is the suave ladies man, gutsy gangster, charismatic charmer and extra smarty pants to boot. The only thing missing is the humaneness and vulnerability of the hero we loved. What is Vijay without his tender emotionality and hurt anger? The film has Tollywood masala written all over it making it seem lesser of the real Amitabh film it proclaims to love so unabashedly.
Without any remarkable production values to speak of the film comes across visually banal and unimpressive for a superstar vehicle. The settings and art direction is unspeakably tacky and it is only the superstar that lends any watchability to the film. By no means is he jaded or tired, the shine in the star remains sparkling just that he sky he inhabits this time around is dull and drab.