Bunty Aur Babli
CAST: Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai (special appearance)
DIRECTOR: Shaad Ali Sehgal
PRODUCER: Aditya Chopr
Bunty and Babli are two avid dreamers. Two free souls born into caged small town realities. They grow weary of being two specks on the horizon. They desire the horizon itself.Rakesh (Abhishek Bachchan) might live in a small Uttar Pradesh town, but the ambitious youngster wants to live a rich and successful life in the city. There's little support at home because his parents fail to understand Rakesh?s dreams. Therefore he decides to leave town and try his luck in the city. Vimmi (Rani Mukerji) is desperately seeking fame and fortune. She lives in a small town called Pankinagar and spends her days looking at posters of Aishwarya Rai, Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford, dreaming of joining their ranks in the near future. However her parents want Vimmi to settle down and get married. In desperation, she finally decides to run-away from home and turn her dreams into reality, starting with a Miss India contest! Fate brings these two souls together. They initially struggle to survive in the city, but desperate times call for desperate measures! They decide to travel around from city to city, conning unsuspecting victims and making heaps of money at the same time. However instead of committing the crimes under their own names, Rakesh and Vimmi use the alias Bunty and Babli. Bunty and Babli meet shaadi bandwallahs, millionaires, investors, ministers, hoteliers and one very, very upset policeman, Dashrath [Amitabh Bachchan]! The storyline of Bunty and Babli is fun stuff. However unfortunately fun is missing from the film and it is full of chaos. The first half is entertaining but the second half is a complete letdown. There are parts of the film that seem far-fetched and impracticable and the crimes seem way too easy to commit and the couple never consider the consequences either. Everyone eagerly awaits fireworks when the two Bachchans come face to face, but their first scene together [the drunken act!] is boring and unnecessarily stretched too far. Shaad Ali's direction is a terrible messup and letdown. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's music is another drawback. Abhishek Bachchan handles the various shades of his character well and efficiently. Rani Mukerji also gives a nice, carefree performance, although her initial crying scenes are a little annoying and over-the-top. The chemistry between Abhishek and Rani is definitely strong, which was essential for their roles. Amitabh is convincing in a role that suits him to the T. Rest of the cast lend able support. Cinematography [Abhik Mukhopadhyay] is of a high quality. The sound design [Anuj Mathur] is appropriate. Overall not a very entertaining film.