Film: Bhaagte Raho
Cast: Abhay Raichand, Riya Deepsi, Rajpal Yadav, Sunil Pal, Dinesh Hingoo, Gopi Bhalla, Mukesh Fotwani
Director: Praful D.S. Tiwari
People without talent are now getting a ‘dekho’ into Bollywood and all because of the Digital camera where every digicam owner becomes a filmmaker and his son or daughter or relative gets to star in that ‘personal’ magnum opus. Don’t know what connection Director Praful D.S.Tiwari has with the producer and lead cast of this film but needless to say he and the actors together create a sorry mess on screen. This is supposed to be a comedy where characters (as the title suggests) are supposed to be on the run from something or the other. And it’s exasperating…not funny at all!
It all begins with Fateh Singh( Abhay Raichand) a lowly cook in the army being mistaken for someone else, going on the run and then barging into a ‘weird’ house full of human curios who want him to train them into potential army recruits. Along the way, after many misfires and accidents, Fateh falls in love with Gun Gun( Riya Dipsi) and in order to get her Chacha to give the go-ahead for their wedding, has to come up with a Rs.1 crore dowry. Thereafter the plotting goes haywire trying to find reasons to justify the ridiculous title. There’s a diamond trader who stuffs his diamonds in a golden key and hands it over to his brother (suffering from a sleep disorder) to deliver to Fannus Bhai(Rajpal Yadav buffaloing it as always). Obviously, the brother conveniently drops the golden key containing Rs 5 crore worth of diamonds, falls asleep along the way, and a dog swallows it – thus allowing for some really stupid antics by the rest of the cast. Insert a wheelchair-bound Don called Sugar Baba(Dinesh Hingoo) and some rather odd ‘misfits’ to round up the cast who probably did not need a casting director to put them together.
It’s haphazard, slap-dash storytelling with neither sense nor sensibility to carry it forward. Performances, direction, production values, technical work are so random that this hastily assembled misery looks totally devoid of creative ideas or clarity of thought. Keep running if you see a poster of the film anywhere close to a theatre near you!