Bunty Aur Babli 2 Movie Review


Critic rating:



2.5 / 5

It’s been 15 years since Rakesh (Saif Ali Khan replaced Abhishek Bachchan) and Vimmi (Rani Mukerji) had their last scam. They have dedicated their lives to domestic happiness in Fursatganj. Rakesh is a ticket collector, while Vimmi is a housewife. It happens that a new couple, engineering students Kunal (Siddhant Chaturvedi) and Sonia (Sharvari Wagh) take the mantle of Bunty and Babli and begin to deceive people on a grand scale. Inspector Jatayu Singh (Pankaj Tripathy) vows to catch them and unleashes the originals on their way. It takes a thief to catch a thief, as they say, and thus begins a game of overcoming between the two pairs of thieves …

If you remember, the original Bunty Aur Babli ended with Dashrath Singh (Amitabh Bachchan), returning to the lives of Rakesh and Vimmi and asking them to become unofficial helpers for government agencies, using their knowledge to catch various scammers. So the possibility of a sequel was there. The surprising thing is that it took 15 years to evolve. Newcomer director Varun V Sharma received a gift-wrapped idea on a tray. But alas, he couldn’t do justice to this fabulous premise. The movie starts off smoothly, but then the story fades. The director and his writing team seem to be struggling to fit the various disadvantages depicted in the film into a coherent whole. Also, the progression from the original to the sequel doesn’t seem natural either. Everything seems forced and the effort shows. While at first the costumes and schemes of the new couple make them smile, the novelty soon wears off. And the second half starts to look like something from the Race franchise. You feel like it’s been led by Abbas-Mustan. We can’t understand how Rakesh and Vimmi, struggling with their middle-class existence, suddenly find the money to fund a layered scam in the Gulf. The movie takes a nosedive in the second half and doesn’t come out of it until the end.

While Rakesh and Vimmi have a backstory, Kunal and Sonia don’t. We know almost nothing about them and that is annoying. The laughter comes surprisingly from the constant bickering of the older couple. Saif and Rani have appeared in various movies together and have an easy camaraderie, which translated well in this movie as well. They both play larger than life characters, but we don’t care because they are so good at rehearsing their roles. You miss Abhishek Bachchan, but Saif has managed to give the role his own spin. You can see that he enjoys playing a middle-aged con man who has returned to the game after eons and loves every minute of it. The same can be said for Rani. She brings Vimmi to life through her performance and one can very well tell that she’s seeing an older, mature avatar of the fiery girl from the 2005 movie. Rani has been making tough cookie characters like Mardaani and it’s good to see her loosen up. hair doing comedy.

Siddhant and Sharvari play their role with confidence and share a roaring chemistry. They make an eye-pleasing pair that is just what the doctor ordered for the movie. However, the serendipitous script has disappointed his efforts. Pankaj Tripathy has wisely steered clear of occupying Mr. Bachchan’s holy shoes and has given his own interpretation of the role of a stubborn defender of the law. The pink glasses remain, but the rest is pure Pankaj Tripathy.

Trailer: Bunty Aur Babli 2

Ronak Kotecha, Nov 19, 2021, 5:59 am IST

Critic rating:



2.5 / 5

HISTORY: The infamous scam couple Bunty and Babli decide to go back into business to thwart the attempts of a young couple and bring them to justice as they are scamming people on their behalf. But can the originals outwit the new scammers on the block?

REVISION: It’s been over 15 years since his last scam and Rakesh (Saif Ali Khan) and Vimmi Trivedi (Rani Mukerji), once known as Bunty aur Babli, now lead normal small-town lives in Phursatganj Uttar Pradesh. Rakesh is a train ticket collector and Vimmi is a squeaky middle-class housewife. Performing in flashy, colorful clothing during festivities and occasions in your railroad colony is the only thrill in your otherwise routine life. But everything is about to change like Kunal (Siddhant Chaturvedi) and Sonia (Sharvari Wagh) – two passed out young engineers are now ripping people off, using the all too familiar ‘B&B’ calling card depicting Bunty aur Babli. For Inspector Jatayu Singh (Pankaj Tripathi), the now “retired” Bunty and Babli are the key to achieving his mission of catching the new scammers.
It’s a plot that’s tailor-made for a sequel to capitalize on the popularity of its original and move the story forward. However, newcomer director and screenwriter Varun V. Sharma struggles to put it all together perfectly. The film’s narrative focuses too much on forcibly adjusting references from the original that should have come organically. There are a couple of groundbreaking downsides and unrecognizable costumes, but the overall execution is too youthful to be able to take anything or anyone seriously. The first half is mostly devoted to setting the stage for the final conflict and the story doesn’t really move at a solid pace. In the second half, the plot thickens but the lack of logic and conviction in the story and its narration does not make us feel much for any of the characters.

A stellar cast of some seasoned artists and up-and-coming newcomers are disappointed with weak and sloppy writing. Still, it is a pleasure to see Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukerji together, exaggerating with their acts, but it is fun. The two actors display roaring chemistry despite playing a middle-aged couple dealing with common household problems. Saif is quite adorable as the goofy and obedient Rakesh Trivedi, while Rani’s comedic pacing is a saving grace, even when loaded with a noisy stereotypical character and very few genuinely funny lines or scenes. In fact, for a comedy, this one has very little organic humor with only a handful of jokes actually landing. Siddhant Chaturvedi plays his role well and Sharvari Wagh is very confident in his first film. They look good together. However, his characters don’t have a compelling backstory or preparation to get the audience to connect with them. Pankaj Tripathi’s act of infusing humor into a country accent is nice, but we’ve seen it too many times to find anything new about it. The soundtrack doesn’t have memorable songs like the original, but luckily there are only a few of them in the movie.

All in all, ‘Bunty aur Babli 2’ had an exciting premise to revive the two iconic characters, but this sequel feels like a huge con compared to its original.




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