Babumoshai Bandookbaaz: Review, Cast, Story, Director

Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Bidita Bag, Shradha Das, Divya Dutta, Murali Sharma, Sanjay Inamdar, Bhagwan Tiwari, Jatin Goswami, Anil George

Director: Kushan Nandy

What goes around comes around- kind of sums up what happens in this karmic cycle of a plot about a local hired hitman Babu Bihari (Nawazuddin) eventually becoming a target for two (once rival) political factions he was doing the odd kill for. Banke Bihari (Jatin Goswami) is the new hired gun on the scene and he is a disciple of the legendary Babu. And with his entry into the local scene, it becomes a competition of sorts – who will get the first shot in? Who will sleep with the other’s girlfriend first and who will win the eventual prize? Yasmeen (Shradha Das), Phulwa (Bidita Bag) and JeeJee (Divya Dutta) are the women who seem to hold these two men in their thrall- for different reasons. A corrupt cop (Bhagwan Tiwari) with his own axe to grind, is the other main player in this absurd theatre about truly inefficient shooters being eulogised as sharp and successful.

This is a film made with an objective to titillate and draw out the baser instincts of the viewer and in that it may prove successful up to a point. The grit and crime of the killing fields of UP/ Bihar are made to seem like an everyday casual happening with shootouts, murder and mayhem becoming a regular feature in the narrative. The body count is really high for a Hindi film and the representation of crime appears so sordid as to be totally off-putting. Sex and sleaze mingle with bodacious displays of flesh and impressions of frequent coupling.

Nawazuddin appears to be lapping up all the attention he is getting here and I wouldn’t grudge him that ego trip but his talent certainly has been wasted here.  Don’t know what the writers and director of this movie were trying to say- or if they had anything worthwhile to say at all?

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