Bunty Aur Babli (2005)

May 20, 2009 at 8:05 pm 2 comments

Bunty Aur Babli (2005)

Directed by: Shaad Ali

Starring: Rani Mukherjee, Abishek Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan

At the urging of several acquaintances, I finally got around to watching Bunty Aur Babli. The film started, and a thought entered my mind…One quarter of the movies Amitabh is in seem to have him narrating at some point. That’s something you don’t see in American movies anymore. Sometime in the early 1990’s, it sort of died out altogether (two cookies go to a person who can name a mainstream Hollywood movie made less than a decade ago that had narrating in it.) This was by no means a work of art. It was entertaining though, I’ll give them that.

After a rambling introduction on India, we meet Rakesh (Abishek Bachchan)…through a song. And then we meet Vimmi (Rani Mukherjee) at the point where a bunch of bronzed shirtless men have a dance. I’ll hand it to her, she’s probably having the time of her life at this point…and so is that guy in the back with the diaper…vlcsnap-292106

Rakesh and Vimmi are two small-town people who just want to get out and live. So far it’s looking pretty good. Pretty scenery, beautiful dresses (Not on Rakesh, of course…) and a fun song.

Rakesh isn’t really making his parents very happy. He missed a job interview, and his pop isn’t to happy (he gets another chance, thanks to his good old dad’s urging.) The problem with Rakesh is that he’s a dreamer, really. He seems to think there’s something wrong with having a decent government job, and tells his dad just what his opinions are on the matter. So after he lets his father know how unimportant his career is, the ungrateful young man is told that he can either go to his job interview the next day or get lost. This seems like a pretty sound decision on his father’s part, in my opinion. So far I don’t really like Rakesh, but let’s hope that can somehow change later…

We then see Vimmi talking to some magazine cut-outs. She wants to be a supermodel. She’s childish and carefree, and a bit of a brat. Her parents want her to get married to a head clerk, and…she doesn’t want to. She threatens to run away, and her father jokingly says she can as long as she has lunch first. The engagement hasn’t been set yet, but there’s obviously nothing Vimmi can do to stop it…or is there?

Rakesh steals his father’s suit and catches a train. Vimmi flees her home on the same train…and it’s off to the real world for both of them. Rakesh tries to start a company, but finds that it will be a bit more difficult than he thought. Vimmi tries to enter a beauty contest, and isn’t even allowed past the gate…

Let me just say that though she isn’t allowed to enter, I think Vimmi would win over these chicks any day. I mean just look at the girl in purple! Her dye job is awful, she’s got split ends, it’s fuzzy and dead from the neck down, and there’s no telling when’s the last time she washed it. Frankly…I think she should be disqualified immediately.vlcsnap-308809

Returning to the train station, Rakesh and Vimmi meet, with one romantic question on Vimmi’s lips…”will you escort me to the bathroom?” Afterwards, they really get down to talking…exaggerating their experiences and claiming that they both came to the city and their endeavors were successful, etcetera. Etcetera. But then Vimmi starts crying, and the truth comes out on both sides.vlcsnap-310319

So the plan? Go to the next city together, part ways…and try again. Unfortunately for Rakesh, the same man who told him his financial plan wasn’t going to work decided to go to this very same place and pitch the idea to a company executive…as a result, he got a 10,000 Rupee bonus…Rakesh’s idea was stolen, and he has no way to prove it. As for Vimmi…she gets the chance to enter the beauty contest again, but only if she sleeps with the guy taking applications. She refuses…Rakesh and Vimmi meet again, and Rakesh hatches a plan to get revenge on the guy who stole his idea. They scam him, and get a good amount of cash out of the guy before fleeing. It’s Rakesh’s plan that they both go to Bombay and try…yet again to make it big.

They catch a bus together, and when the driver asks Rakesh his name…he says ‘Bunty’…but before Vimmi can tell the driver her name, Rakesh immediately says ‘Babli.’ And thus Bunty and Babli are born…but where does it go from here? They decide they just don’t have enough money, so they’re going to scam a few more people…with a song. I mean, they’re going to scam people and there’s going to be a song while they do it. A fun…but VERY long…song…slash scene.

When they finally get to Bombay, ‘Bunty’ realizes that he just doesn’t want to work…he’s found his niche, and it’s conning people out of their cash and goods. ‘Babli’ decides that’s what she wants to do too…and why not get married in the process? Yeah, that sounds like a good idea…vlcsnap-129801

They become a famous team, conning people left and right…making thousands upon thousands in the process…but ACP Dashrath Singh (Amitabh Bachchan) is hot on their trail, and he’s not going to rest until he catches…Bunty…aur (and) Babli!vlcsnap-121981

Final rating? Fun movie. 6/10. Fun music. Cute costumes. A bit predictable, long-winded and formulaic, but the acting was good. I think my favorite part would have to be when Bunty and Babli trick a rich American and ‘sell him the Taj Mahal’…Abishek is a wonderful character actor, and Rani is adorable.

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2 Comments

  • 1. bollywooddeewana  |  May 21, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    I hated the cell phone bit, if not for that bit, i would have loved this movie, i was literally screaming at my T.V yelling ‘Turn the phone off’ but i totally love the songs though

  • 2. MinaiMinai  |  November 9, 2009 at 3:05 am

    Aww, I loved this movie. Slowed down a lot near the end, but it was lots of fun and the song picturisations were definitely keepers. I had to laugh at your mention of the bad dye job of the beauty contest entrant- I notice this a lot in Indian films, sometimes even in the main heroines (especially down south). Tis a tragedy on the silver screen. 🙂

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