Rating: 2.5/5 Stars (Two and Half Stars)
Star cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Pallavi Sharda, Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh Kapoor, Jaaved Jaaferi
Director: Abhinav Kashyap
What’s Good: It is a cheerfully crackling film with the thunderous touch of Abhinav Kashyap.
What’s Bad: Filmmakers need to learn that rabid formulaic ideas can be created with crisp writing too.
Loo break: Depends on you!
Watch or Not?: Besharam is indeed a credulous attempt at invoking audiences to watch a variation of run-of-the-mill stories commercial cinema subjects us to. Ranbir Kapoor accomplishes the glossy role riddled with cliches with flamboyance. There are no outrageously significant elements that makes it a compelling watch which in the end rankles deeply! But if cinema is your way of enjoying nachos and popcorn, Ranbir’s shamelessly ‘Besharam’ avatar will do for you!
Babli (Ranbir Kapoor) is a car thief who steals expensive cars with haath ki safai. An orphan, who has lived without familial love, finds warmth in the fellow orphans at his orphanage. His life sees a diametrical change when he falls in love with the feisty Tara (Pallavi Sharda). Despite multiple attempts to woo his lady love, the man is rejected every time till he ends up stealing Tara’s newly bought Mercedes.
For the first time he feels sore at a theft and is hell bent on returning her car back to her which leads him back to the notorious Hawala King Chandela. In the attempt to get the car back, he steals a bag full of the gangster’s money.
With the cops – Chulbul and Bulbul Chautala behind him and Chandela hounding him, will Babli be able to escape the sticky situation and still manage to win over his lady love?
Besharam Review: Script Analysis
The film has the unstoppable yarn like Dabangg but the scriptwriters add novelty to the tapestry by adding a zestful flavor to what could easily be deemed as formulaic. Kashyap is still just as forcefully loud and the humor is irreverent and purposefully grotesque! The story’s crux is very engaging but it appears very randomly. In the first half, the film harps too much on scattered sub plots – Babli’s delightful edginess and his strive to woo his lady love, the cop duo of Chautalas and the glowering antagonist!
The story in the first half feels limp and moves at a slackened pace but it is the second half that saves for itself all the engrossing elements. The love angle is rather flaccid and unconvincing. The character of Tara is highly superficial and deflates Babli’s superfluous bubble. The intense moments of their romance is rare and comes in spurts. The only flattering one for me was their charged conversation in the hotel room in Chandigarh.
The plot is very fractured and it fails to infuse the expected charisma in its story! I am guilty of falling for the film’s clap traps in bits. The otherwise detestable Babli does charm me in many scenes from when he steals a Volkswagen to the film’s last scene but the character loses the intrinsic beauty in tedious flaps of the plot.
Characters drop in and take off whimsically which makes the story stumble badly! Chandela and Chautala are often forgotten while the story refuses to budge from the main character.
The basic story has inventive highlights revolving around dealings in the car spare parts but the scriptwriters don’t manage to reap much from it. This could have been way more delectable but sadly its limitations weary it down brutally!
Besharam Review: Star Performances
Ranbir Kapoor is earnest and brilliant as Babli. He doesn’t falter and perfects whatever he was meant to play with excellence. The guy proves his versatility, quick sense of comic timing and flair to deliver skillfully and uncompromisingly.
Pallavi Sharda is average with a pleasant screen presence. There is barely anything vastly impressive to mention about her.
Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh Kapoor make a lovable pair with their fascinating chemistry. It is a wonder how the two look so perfectly compatible on screen. Playing cops Chulbul and Bulbul Chautala, these are roles that neither have ever played. While Neetu Kapoor sets guns ablaze with a robust quality! Rishi Kapoor does Sunny Deol’s Gadar scene with humorously exciting bent!
Javed Jaaferi doesn’t manage much to his rescue in the film! He could have been superlative but the screenplay doesn’t accommodate him well.
Besharam Review: Direction, Editing and Music
Abhinav Singh Kashyap had shown us better mettle last time for sure which resulted in sky rocketing expectations from him! Besharam is plagued on multiple levels with lazy writing and shabby editing. It isn’t lucid and hence the conveyed impact is heavily diluted.
The screenplay wobbles between Babli’s profession, his love and the film’s crux that could have been used more interestingly. What happens to stolen cars and how they are dealt off was a brilliant idea which was used so sketchily that the originality of the idea itself could easily be missed.
I had better expectations from the climax but the inherent flaws in the writing fails to dish out the robustness that usually concludes such films.
There are too many songs in the film that at a point it was almost the difference of a blink between. Lalit Pandit with his 90s musical flavor does a competent job.
Besharam Review: The Last Word
Besharam has too many shortcomings and lacks the ravishing junk delight of calamitous ending that commercial flicks usually generate. However, it is only worth for Ranbir, Rishi and Neetu Kapoor who in their respective roles, give us in patches, an insistently enjoyable time! It is fit for an average entertainer and I am going with a 2.5/5 for this sweet mammoth of passable cinema! You can go watch this and have a judiciously fun time, but don’t expect the enchantment of Dabangg! This doesn’t even near it by an ounce.
Besharam releases on 2nd October, 2013.
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