Bunty Aur Babli [Blu-ray]
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The evolving relationship between the two main characters is enchanting, despite the nefarious nature of their partnership. Abhishek Bachchan and Rani Mukherjee have a wonderful chemistry as the engaging criminal couple. Their characters are well developed, allowing the viewer to see beyond their unlawful behavior, to the warm-hearted souls that they truly are. Bunty and Babli charm everyone they meet, including Deputy Commissioner of Police, Dashrath Singh (played by Amitabh Bachchan). The film has elements of Catch Me if You Can, as DCP Singh tries to track them.
Bunty repeats the aphorism "Yeh world hai na world... Isme do tarah ke log hotey hai... (This world has two kinds of people . . . ) several times throughout the film. It seems to have become almost a philosophy for him, in an effort, perhaps to make sense of a world that doesn't seem to understand him.
I was drawn to this film after watching one of the musical numbers on You Tube. Kajra Re is pure Bollywood song and dance, and the special appearance by the stunning Aishwarya Rai is the icing on the cake.Read more ›
Actually, they aren't. They're just two kids from small towns looking to escape the family business (Bunty) and a traditional arranged marriage (Babli). They run off (separately), meet, and begin a long string of criminal misadventures, mostly defrauding obnoxious rich people, all the while having a blast.
The film is seemingly endless, and presents us with (at least) one of everything onscreen, including the kitchen sink. Flashy dance club routines break up the action, characters come and go in profusion, the storyline wanders more than an Indian mendicant on his way to Varanasi, and somewhere inside the third hour of the film the typical American viewer comes to realize that Bollywood loves colorful excess and pretty people. Not too different from Hollywood, really.
These three are the three of my five favorite Indian actors and are wonderfully entertaining in their films. Once Dad Bachchan shows up as the cop who is determined to bring them down the heat rises.
I did have a little trouble getting the english subtiles up but finnaly got it. LOVE IT !
Amitabh Bachchan appears with his son Abhishek for the first time in this film--and they went on to memorable onscreen collaborations in Sarkar (2005), Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006), Sarkar Raj (2008), and Paa (2009). Here, the senior Bachchan--a jack of all genres--plays Dashrath, a cool, crusty police detective, and he hams it up to the fullest in bomber jacket and aviator sunglasses while hot on the trail of two notorious small-town kids on a crime spree. His interaction with his son's character, Rakesh, is a riot.
Director Shaad Ali's previous film Saathiya (2002), which also starred Mukerji, was a serious story also about impulsive young lovers who strike out on their own, and here again, Ali creates vivid working-class characters, and his signature metaphor of train travel figures largely.
Rakesh meets Vimmi (Mukerji) in a train station after both have run away from home. They're dreamers who want more out of life than their parents imagine for them, and they're frustrated with the limitations of their upbringings. Believing they're destined for bigger and better things--Vimmi wants to be Miss India and Rakesh has a business idea--and delighted to discover a kindred spirit, they hit the road together. When their plans are a bust, they start scamming for money--and they have so much fun doing it, they don't want to stop.Read more ›
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Love the songs in this movie. Had heard it many times at various events. So, bought it. However, the story line is the same old. So, if you can rent it, don't buy..Published on December 17, 2012 by Silas
Revisiting BUNTY AUR BABLI. I haven't seen this fun Hindi film in eons, and it's definitely grown on me with repeated viewings. Read morePublished on February 4, 2012 by H. Bala