Saif Ali Khan Rani Mukerji’s movie BUNTY AUR BABLI 2 is a poor show in every way


Bunty Aur Babli 2 {1.5 / 5} Review and Review Rating

BUNTY AUR BABLI 2 is the story of two couples of scammers. 15 years after the events of the first movie, Rakesh (Saif Ali Khan) and Vimmi (Rani Mukerji) are now settling in Phursatganj. They have a son, Pappu, and have completely quit the scam job. One day, Inspector Jatayu Singh (Pankaj Tripathi) arrests them for defrauding a group of middle-aged men. They were promised a trip to a country called Virgin Island and each person in the group had paid Rs. 5 lakhs per couple: Kunal Singh (Siddhant Chaturvedi) and Sonia Rawat (Sharvari). When these men arrived at the airport, they realized that they had been scammed. These angry men break into Kunal and Sonia’s office only to find Bunty and Babli’s logo. Jatayu was a junior cop on Dashrath Singh’s (Amitabh Bachchan) team that was in charge of solving the Bunty and Babli case. Therefore, he learned of their whereabouts and caught them. Rakesh and Vimmi insist they are innocent. But Jatayu refuses to believe them. He realizes his mistake when Kunal and Sonia perform another scam while Rakesh and Vimmi are in custody. This time, they deceive a mayor (Yashpal Sharma) of a city in western Uttar Pradesh under the pretext of selling the Ganges river lease. Jatayu makes an offer to Rakesh and Vimmi. He asks for their help to catch the new Bunty and Babli. Rakesh and Vimmi agree because it hurts them that someone is using their brand that they created with a lot of hard work. What happens next forms the rest of the movie.

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Aditya Chopra’s story is fine and gives a strong deja vu from her previous productions like DHOOM, LADIES VS RICKY BAHL, BADMAASH COMPANY, etc.

Varun V Sharma’s script is decent in the first half. The scam games played by Kunal and Sonia before intermission are at least interesting to watch. But in the second half, the movie goes downhill as humor and logic drift out the window. It seemed like the writer ran out of ideas and didn’t know what to do next. Varun V Sharma’s dialogue adds to the laughs in select places, but they could have been so much better.

Varun V Sharma’s handling is neat and uncomplicated. But he fails to hide the glaring gaps and not-so-fun developments of the second half. However, the biggest problem is how things happen comfortably. For example, it is puzzling how Rakesh and Vimmi can locate Bunty and Babli in Goa. Even in the first half, Vimmi finds out about Sonia’s whereabouts in the gym. It can be argued that their son, who is tech savvy, must have helped them. But how exactly he did it is never explained. And if it had the resources to track down the most wanted criminals, then the police should have better ways of doing the same, too. And that’s not all. The character of the boy is a lot of fun, but the way Rakesh and Vimmi left him for days without help from anyone else is very unconvincing. And there are a number of such errors in the script.

BUNTY AUR BABLI 2 is off to a good start. The three scammers featured in the first half keep viewers engaged. Jatayu’s entrance is heroic and fun. After the interval, one waits for fireworks as Rakesh and Vimmi travel to Abu Dhabi to catch the con duo. But the plot points from here on fail to seduce. The ending is meant to be wicked, but it’s silly and predictable too.

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Speaking of performances, Saif Ali Khan is not in great shape. And it is quite shocking, as it is known to be excellent in all kinds of genres. Rani Mukerji is too loud and over the top and out of sync with her character in the first half. The only scene where he gets it right is when he hits Kunal and Sonia in the breakfast area and is memorable just for his act. Siddhant Chaturvedi makes his mark and proves that he is hero material. Sharvari makes a confident debut and seems to sizzle. Their performances, however, suffer as their respective backstories are not given enough emphasis. Pankaj Tripathi, as expected, is reliable and hilarious. Yashpal Sharma is decent, while the late Mohit Baghel (Golu Chaubey) leaves a mark on the scene where he apologizes to Sonia. Gopal Dutt (Nand Kishor) is charming. Rajiv Gupta (Gupta; policeman) is okay. Neeraj Sood (Chadha), Asrani (Thahrey Singh), Brijendra Kala (Mehmood) and Prem Chopra have no reach. Agrim Mittal (Pappu Trivedi) and Mahi Soni (Rinku Awasthi) are cute, but the character of the former could have been developed better.

Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s music is poor and that’s another major problem with the film, as the soundtrack for part 1 is memorable even today. There is nothing special about the title song. ‘Tattoo Waaliye ‘ it is played in the end credits and is forgettable. The same goes for ‘Luv Ju’ and ‘Sister Chik ‘. Julius Packiam’s background score is much better.

Gavemic U Ary’s cinematography adds to the grandeur and visual appeal. Rajat Poddat’s production design is decent. Sabyasachi Mukherjee costumes for Rani Mukerji are tacky and do not add to the humor. It also seems a bit cheap in some places. Leepakshi Ellawadi costumes for the rest are fine. Parvez Sheikh’s action is fine. Aarif Sheikh’s editing could have been more skilled in the second half.

Overall, BUNTY AUR BABLI 2 is a poor show in every way. At the box office, overall box office would suffer due to negative word of mouth. Disappointing!


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