Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Bidita Bag, Shraddha Das, Divya Dutta, Jatin Goswami
Director: Kushan Nandy
Rating: 1.5 Stars (Out Of 5)
Babumoshai Bandookbaaz is scripted by Ghalib Asad Bhopali which looks to be authentic if its location and lingo are considered. Talking about the ever-dependable Nawazuddin Siddiqui had pressed hard to pump life in the poorly conceived titular character of a cold-blooded contract killer, this can do little salvage for the movie.
This movie has plenty of heat and dust and packs of love, lust, rustic romance, doses of black humor and a great carnage into its tenuous 2 hours. The characters are turning upon each other like hungry hounds baying for blood. The movie, in the end, is tumble down see-saw that never heaves itself off the ground.
Story: The story is about two contract killers in Uttarpradesh. Babu Bihari (Nawazuddin) and Banke Bihari (Jatin) are the contract killers who are often paid to bump off the same game. At one point, they crossed their lines and end up fighting with each other as well.
Review: In the movie, Babu has been killing since the age of 10 when he first went hungry. Banke, on the other hand, admires Babu and always wish to be a professional killer. Banke’s girl who is Yasmeen (Shraddha) dances on the Bollywood remixes and brings contracts for him. And Babu’s girl who is Phulwa (Bidita) orders him to kill, for her. Incidentally in the center of the drama Dubey (Anil) and Sumitra (Divya) are politicians who hire these gun- toting goons for their own profits.
The local police are joining the games who also have their own axe to grind. But bullets are not only the things in this movie which men bite. They also have great enjoyment with their women and voracious sexual appetites.
Phulwa is the light of Babu’s life and Banke has a thing going with Yasmeen. However, when he meets Phulwa he finds that he is attracted to her too.
And I guess we all have observed the same in various movies so this is not a surprising situation. Though the screenplay could have been tighter. Yet Kushan has provided us a movie that we can compulsive watch. Ghalib Asad Bhopali’s lines add grit to the proceedings.
Further, Nawazuddin’s transformation from a killer to a lover is applause-worthy. Jatin impresses too with his lean frame and interesting voice on screen. Also, we can say Bidita is an interesting search for Bollywood. She not only seduces and smooches with raw intensity but also wins brownie points for some emotional scenes. Divya is a local behenji, who eats scented paan and spits fire and Shraddha is a tailor with curly-haired nautch girl who rocks when she grooves to Hai re hai mera ghunghta.