Babumoshai Bandookbaaz : (2017) Bollywood Movie Review
Babumoshai Bandookbaaz : Do these townsfolk mix viagra in their food for their sexual libido and kinks to run so high??!! Sample this..a politician makes his voluptuous wife take a full monty massage from a male masseur right in front of him before joining her in the act. His female opponent (in politics) makes out with a burly cop right in the fields. That too, while they are being pursued by a hired assasin. Seriously, Naa jaane yeh gaonwale kausi chakki ka aata khate hai.
Phew, really!! In director Kushan Nandy’s la la hinterland of North India, sex and guns are as natural as inhaling oxygen and exhaling CO2. Babu Bihari (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) lives here as a khooni on hire for the aforementioned lady neta called Jiji (Divya Dutta). His partner in sex is a cobbler named Phulva (Bidita Bag) who offers to be his rakhail if he bumps off the two goons who raped her. Babu does it for her and then…well, does her!!!
Next, a guru-chela relationship develops between Babu and Banke Bihari (Jatin Goswami) who considers Babu his mentor but also challenges him to a game of one upmanship as they take on contract killing of the same louts. Babu accepts and what follows next is murder, sex, double cross, vengeance, sex, triple cross, sex, murder, murder, sex, murder… Aww, forget it.
Indeed, writer Ghalib Asad Bhopali makes his plot so goddamn heavy and convulted, Babumoshai Bandookbaaz tires you by the end of its near two and half hours run time. Worse, Kushan Nandy’s direction isnt mature enough to grip or enthrall you. Maybe, Anurag Kashyap could’ve handled it better – his ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ (2012) and its Faisal- Definite Khan equation being the obvious inspiration for this film.
Expectedly, Nawazuddin Siddiqui is superlative rising above the proceedings and delivering yet another spectacular performance. Jatin Goswami is impressive as Banke. The sultry Bidita Bag is the find of the year. Playing a rustic village belle, she appears at ease passionately smooching her men as well as shining in the emotional scenes. The ever reliable Divya Dutta leaves her mark as always.
To sum up, Babumoshai Bandookbaaz is not everyone’s cuppa tea or cappuccino. It’s high on sex and violence which at times, may appear needless and exploitative. But then Nawazuddin makes it all believable and forgivable to an extent. Watch it only if you have the appetite for a movie noir…bordering on soft porn.
Ratings on some key aspects :
1. Acting: 4/5
2. Direction : 2/5
3. Music : 2/5
4. Story, Screenplay and Dialogue : 2/5
5. Cinematography : 3/5
6. Production Quality : 3/5
7. Action : 3.5/5