Business rating: 2/5 stars
Star cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Sonu Sood, Sonal Chauhan, Prakash Raj, Raveena Tandon (special appearance).
What’s Good: Amitabh Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan and Amitabh Bachchan.
What’s Bad: The lack of an interesting script; the routine dialogues; the director’s very obvious attempt to make the film as a showreel for Bachchan.
Verdict: Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap will do ordinary business at the turnstiles.
Loo break: A couple!
Watch or not?: Watch it for Amitabh Bachchan, of course! His performance seems to be saying to every young actor, “Bbuddah hoga… tu!!”
Spoiler alert! You may want to skip directly to the Script Analysis below.
AB Corp Ltd. and Viacom 18 Motion Pictures’ Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap (UA) is an action film about an old man, Viju (Amitabh Bachchan), who comes to the city on a mission to protect his estranged son, Karan Malhotra (Sonu Sood). Karan is an upright and honest police officer because of which the underworld wants to bump him off.
Kabir (Prakash Raj) runs an underworld empire and is very disturbed when ACP Karan Malhotra pours water on his plans and vows to eliminate crime. Kabir hires a hitman to bump off Karan. At first, the audience gets the feeling that Viju is the hitman but it soon emerges that Viju is actually the father of Karan and has come there to protect him. Karan is in love with Tanya (Sonal Chauhan) but she is not reciprocating his advances. Viju does something which makes Tanya express her feelings to Karan and they soon start romancing.
Meanwhile, the underworld is carrying on with its nefarious activities so that there are face-offs between them and the police. Viju wins the confidence of Kabir and joins his gang with a view to tracking every move of Kabir insofar as it concerns Karan. On his part, Karan is not even aware that it is his father who has been following him everywhere. Viju does meet with his estranged wife (Hema Malini) who lives with Karan.
Anyway, one day, Teda (Suba Raju), one of the trusted lieutenants of Kabir, fires bullets into Karan and injures him so grievously that he is assumed to be dead or dying. Teda comes to his boss, Kabir’s hideout and gives him the good news of Karan’s death. Viju, who had gone to avert the tragedy on hearing about Teda’s plan, had missed his son by a few seconds. He was, however, in time to rush Karan to hospital where he is ultimately saved.
After completing the formalities in hospital, Viju comes to Kabir and plays such a mind game that victory seems to be his (Viju’s). But is Viju actually able to avenge the wrong done to his son? What happens to Kabir and his cronies? Does Viju reveal who he is, to Karan. The climax answers these questions.
Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap Review – Script Analysis
Puri Jagannadh’s story seems to have been designed to only showcase Amitabh Bachchan in all his glory. Even the screenplay is dull for a good part of the film. It concentrates more on showing that Amitabh Bachchan is a one-man army. While Amitabh’s hardcore fans might love the film for this reason, the audience, which looks for a story and fast-paced screenplay, is bound to feel disappointed.
The first half is dull and doesn’t offer much in terms of masala. The real drama happens only when Viju learns that his son’s life is in imminent danger and he moves heaven and earth to save him and protect him from any harm. This portion right up to the climax, which follows soon thereafter, is not just fast-paced but also worth watching in rapt attention. However, the portions preceding that scene are rather dull and devoid of dynamic drama and interesting incidents. Even the dialogues are commonplace, at times even dull. But a few lines mouthed by Viju are mass-appealing and clapworthy.
The writer has tried to infuse emotions into the drama but he fails because they fail to touch the heart. The entire track of Kamini (Raveena Tandon), Viju’s friend from college days, is ridiculous. Worse still is the track of Kamini’s grown-up daughter (Charme Kaur) constantly seeking a clarification from Viju, rather than from her own mother, about whether he and her mother were engaged in a love affair. Even the comedy sought to be created at the international airport in the introductory scene of Viju falls flat on its face.
Kabir, who is the main villain in the film, does precious little other than feeling frustrated and passing orders to eliminate Karan. This is another minus point of the drama, especially when an actor of Amitabh Bachchan’s stature is cast in the role of the hero. The romantic track is as good as missing. A few comic scenes evoke laughter but they aren’t enough to give the audience a high. Some action scenes are well-composed.
Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap Review – Star Performances
Amitabh Bachchan is the life of the film and does a remarkably splendid job. He lifts every single scene he comes in, to a different level. His look (of a cool dude), his gait, his demeanour and his walking style, all of them remind the audience that he is a superstar. Every scene of his bears the unmistakable stamp of not just his brilliant acting prowess but also of his superstardom which he carries so effortlessly. Hema Malini is alright as his estranged wife. Sonu Sood does well. Sonal Chauhan hardly gets any scope. She is okay. Prakash Raj does a fine job but he doesn’t get to do much. Charme Kaur is average; her diction is a bit weird. Raveena Tandon suffers on account of a frivolous characterisation. Her performance, in a special appearance, is okay. Suba Raju acts ably but his heavy South Indian accent is irritating. Shawar Ali, Makarand Deshpande and Vishwajit Pradhan provide able support. Atul Parchure and Rajeev Verma have been wasted. Rajeev Mehta, in an unconventional characterisation, fills the bill as Tanya’s father.
Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap Review – Direction
Puri Jagannadh’s direction is as ordinary as the script. In fact, the film looks like the work of a star-struck fan rather than of a director who knows his job. Vishal-Shekhar’s music is good but not hit. The title track is fast-paced and fairly good till as long as it lasts. ‘Go Meera go’ is also a fairly appealing song because of the medley of old hits in it. ‘Haal-e-dil’ has melody. ‘Main Chandigarh di star’, one of the better songs in the album, is as good as not there in the film! Lyrics of Vishal Dadlani, Swanand Kirkire and Anvita Dutt Guptan are okay. Remo D’Souza’s choreography is good; Amitabh Bachchan’s dances are delightful. Vijay’s action and stunts are interesting but seem like a job hurriedly done. Amol Rathod’s camerawork is nice. Production aspects and technical values are alright.
Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap Review – Komal Nahta’s Verdict
On the whole, Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap is not entertaining enough to hold sway over the audiences in the cinema halls. A medium-budgeted film, it has covered a sizeable part of its cost from the sale of satellite rights and should, therefore, not find it problematic to cover its cost and sail safe. But it won’t get the love of the public to make it a richly rewarding film. Loyal Amitabh Bachchan fans will be thrilled to watch their idol do all the stuff – dance, fight, act, laugh, cry.