Bajatey Raho Review
Starring: Tusshar Kapoor, Ravi Kishan, Vinay Pathak, Ranvir Shorey, Dolly Ahluwalia, Vishakha Singh, Brijendra Kala
Director: Shashant Shah
Producer: Sunil Lulla
Music: Jaidev Kumar
Genre: Comedy Thriller
By Kommal D Seth, Kreative Access Media
The team of Vinay Pathak and Shashant A Shah is back; after doing ‘Dasvidaniya’ and ‘Challo Dilli’, the duo is working on a comedy with vengeance with an apt title ‘Bajatey Raho’. Dolly Ahluwalia of’ Vicky Donor’ fame, Ranvir Shorey, Tusshar Kapoor and Vishakha Singh are also a prominent part of this comic caper.
Sabharwal (Ravi Kishan), a leading businessman of Delhi is in fact a fraud, and his bank employee Mr. Baweja is a victim of his Rs. 15-crore scam. The very honest Mr. Baweja, who is in a complete shock after being wrongly accused of the crime, dies of a sudden cardiac arrest; his son Sukhi (Tusshar Kapoor) and wife (Dolly Ahluwalia), who have no history on the bank scheme which was plotted by Sabharwal, are now put on the spot to return the investors money. Mintoo (Vinay Pathak) runs a catering and a ‘jagrata’ business; his wife Saira, who worked with the late Mr. Baweja, is also framed by Sabharwal as part of the same scam and is put behind bars. Sukhi along with his ‘Mummyji’, good friend Ballu (Ranvir Shorey), Mintoo and the young kid Kabootar, come up with a plan to con the fraudulent Sabharwal and recover the stolen cash. Sukhi’s love interest Manpreet (Vishakha Singh) also joins the gang on their mission.
Con movies are always fun, but in ‘Bajatey Raho’, the con fails to make you go ‘wow’; worse, the movie is not witty and you simply long for the humor to kick in throughout the movie. Shashant Shah has the most talented cast as part his movie team, but he fails to etch their characters well and serves a half-baked script. The screenplay is very loose; at times you feel that there is no connectivity between the characters. Although the movie reminds you faintly of the extremely-well-directed blockbuster ‘Khosla Ka Ghosla’, the fire to con the conman in this flick is totally lacking, and the plan too is portrayed in a very half-hearted manner. Music by Jaidev Kumar is average; ‘Nagin’ song is the only track that stands out.
Dolly Ahluwalia delivers a knockout performance despite the poor direction; her disguise as part of the plan really work, and makes the situations funny. Vinay Pathak also shines along with Dolly; in fact, the two are really funny together; however, the actor has limited scope in his role to make the expected impact. Ranvir Shorey gets the accent right, but his small role too constraints his funny side. Tusshar Kapoor is decent; he manages to add the fun factor to the movie. Vishakha Singh is impressive as a loving and caring girlfriend, and her chemistry with Ravi Kishan really works. In fact, Ravi Kishan is very commendable as the bad guy in the movie, but he also displays his caring side as a father, who would go to any extent for her happiness. Ravi Kishan and Brijendra Kala pairing also works, and although the SMS jokes are sluggish, they add the desperately needed humor to the movie. Kala is very effective in the emotional scenes.
It’s really the star cast of ‘Bajatey Raho’ that could help the movie from totally bombing at the box-office. If Shah would have directed the movie well then, it would have turned into a complete superhit entertainer.