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Go, but leave brains behind

There are comedies and then there are mindless comedies. Bollywood has mastered the latter and pretty much still needs to step into the ‘safe’ domain of the former.

When Rohit Shetty and Ajay Devgn teamed up again, Singham couldn’t have stayed behind. That is one facet of Bol Bachchan. On the other hand, there’s Abhishek Bachchan who has lost his action bone ages ago, so what remains is a crazy mish-mash of slapstick comedy and gay jokes (damn Dostana for trademarking this Bachchan in a deeper pink than his daughter!). Bol Bachchan is pretty much Golmaal revamped. But it does not have the classy humour of the original. The jokes border around the ridiculous but are funny nonetheless. The original movie’s dialogues have been skillfully woven in to accentuate this modern day comedy of errors.

Long story short, the plot revolves around Abbas Ali (Abhishek) who comes to Ranakpur with his sister Sania (Asin) after losing their ancestral property in Delhi. Abbas breaks open the lock of an old disputed temple to save a child, a matter of celebration yes, but being a Muslim, he probably has committed a bigger sin by entering the temple grounds.

To save his skin, his friend (Krushna Abhishek) renames him Abhishek Bachchan and takes him to Prithviraj Raghuvanshi (Ajay Devgn), the protector of sorts for the village. Impressed with Abhishek’s bravery, Prithviraj hires him as a supervisor and kicks off this crazy web of lies added by each person who is pulled into the ‘Abbas-Abhishek’ game.

Starting from a fake mother played by a hilarious Archana Puran Singh to finally Abbas, Abhishek’s gay brother without the mustache, who is recruited to teach Prithviraj’s sister Radhika (Prachi Desai) how to dance — the insanity goes over the top. If that is not all, Sania is the exact lookalike of a girl called Apeksha who Prithviraj loved and lost in an accident. Chaos much?

Welcome to Bol Bachchan where the humour exhausts you at moments and at times manages to tickle. You will laugh, but perhaps you won’t fall off your seats; that’s a risk you might take with the movie. Prithviraj’s English dialogues are the best part of the movie — hands down. And then there is Rohit Shetty’s action. Make no mistakes — the action is brilliant. It is Singham trademarked sequences all the way and they are delightful. The ladies are there just for some accessorising.

Bol Bachchan is Abhishek’s comedy and Ajay’s brawn all the way. Krushna Abhishek is quite impressive and Asrani returns with his perfect comic timing. Go for it. Leave the critical faculty at the counter.
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