Amidst packed theatre halls and a lot of curious faces, the screening finally takes place of the much-hyped film named ‘Besharam‘. Too many things have created a huge noise for this film. First, the fact that it is Ranbir Kapoor film and that too with Abhinav ‘I am not a Dabbang fluke’ Kashyap. Plus, you have Rishi and Neetu Kapoor together with their son for the very first time. But alas, the film becomes a victim of its hype and talk. The title suits the film’s content. Yes, there are saving graces but you would not want to return to the theatre for being treated for sporadic fun time.
Director: Abhinav Kashyap
Actors: Ranbir Kapoor, Pallavi Sharda, Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor, Javed Jaffrey, Amitosh Nagpal and Himani Shivpuri
Music: Lalit Pandit
Lyrics: Rajeev Barnwal, Nikhat Khan and Himanshu Kishan Mehta
The wafer-thin plot is quite simple. Babli (Ranbir Kapoor), is a crook with a heart of gold. An orphan, he works as a mechanic who steals cars and sells them to earn money for the orphanage he has grown up in. He supplies car for villain Bhim Singh Chandel (Javed Jaffrey) who is a big hawala dealer from Chandigarh. In comes Tara Sharma (Pallavi Sharda), and our Babli Besharam falls for her. In between the usual wooing the uninterested girl and her mother (Himani Shivpuri), Babli accidentally steals her brand-new Mercedes and sells it to Chandel. On realising his mistake, he tries to help Tara retrieve it and falls more in trouble with Chandel and some Hawala money. In between, you get introduced to Chulbul and Bulbul Chautala (Rishi and Neetu Kapoor), a husband-wife police team who want to catch Babli. They have their own problem – no children and not much money for retirement.
One would imagine that after tasting success with Dabbang, Kashyap would want to hit his jackpot with this movie and prove his mettle. But unfortunately, he must have equaled this thought by adding the most saleable star at the moment with a story which is so haphazardly put together that you want to cry. Throughout the movie, even the dumbest of viewer would question the filmmaker. For instance, Babli comes out as more lovable, right from the beginning, than besharam. Also, you understand why Babli falls for the Miss Hoity-toity Tara but you still don’t get her falling in love with him. She hates him, his work and rejects him for being out of class. You understand her point. But when Babli simply narrates his sob-story (as always to win a girl over), she promptly falls for him. Also, the chemistry between Babli and his side-kick Titu (Amitosh Nagpal) is much better than him and Tara. Till the end, you are trying to figure out whether she loves him or is more happy with the fact that she won’t have to spend money on brand new cars for herself. Also, we would really like to find out what job is she into where someone as young as her gets to drive a Mercedes. There are too many spoilers. Yes, there are quite a fun elements but they are so unequally divided that it doesn’t grab your attention.
Whenever you meet with such flimsy script, it falls on the actors to save the film’s skin. Most would agree after seeing ‘Besharam‘ that the actors are the ones who make the film watchable. Despite a good attempt, you feel Ranbir has done better roles. Newbie Pallavi Sharda has it in her to go ahead but gets a raw deal in terms of a half-baked character. You also love Babli’s side-kick Titu played with ease by Amitosh Nagpal. It helps that he gets some of the best dialogues. Javed Jaffrey is decent as the villain though he does not get as much space as he deserves. What works best for the film are Rishi and Neetu Kapoor, who as Inspector Chulbul Chautala and his wife Constable Bulbul Chautala just steal the show. Constantly bickering, their chemistry and liveliness brought the maximum cheering. Bulbul is greedy and wants to have a comfortable retired life, while Chulbul is a good soul, who is fed up being questioned about his manhood and his nagging wife.
While the really smart-ass and genuinely funny dialogues and scenes make you chuckle and the action sequences by Shyam Kaushal are good, it is the technical factor that harms the film further. Neither the cinematography nor the editing has anything exceptional to be spoken about. What makes this film rather cringe worthy is the absolutely obsolete music by Lalit Pandit. Except the title song, the rest ruins the film. While watching the film, a cry of ‘not again’ rose when the second last song made its appearance. The moment the last track (with the end titles) appeared, people left the theatre in relief.
Besharam would be perfect example of what happens when you go out all your way to catch the audience’s attention and fail to meet the expectations. A few good elements can never make a complete entertainer. Buck up, Mr Kashyap! And Ranbir, how could you?
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