Bol Bachchan Review
Indicine | Indicine Team
Much like the situations, the comedy is forced too. In an attempt to make you laugh, Rohit Shetty tries too hard, includes every trick that has worked for him so far. There is a parallel plot from the original Gol Maal too, unfortunately, this isn’t a patch on the 1970′s classic.
Ajay Devgn does well, his broken english dialogues were funny. Abhishek entertains with his eunuch act. Apart from that, Bol Bachchan has very little to offer.
Comedy Circus star Krushna Abhishek is too loud and hams throughout. The ladies get little screen-time and manage to look pretty. Arsani and Neeraj Vohra are over-the-top but funny in a few scenes.
Bollywood Hungama | Taran Adarsh
BOL BACHCHAN works primarily thanks to the entertainment quotient and of course, the persuasive portrayals by its lead actors, especially Ajay and Abhishek. Ajay is super-efficient and, expectedly, his comic timing is unimpeachable. At the same time, Ajay allows Abhishek to take the lead as the film chiefly revolves around his character/s. And Abhishek does complete justice to those parts. Though Abhishek has wowed spectators with wonderful performances in the past, the two characters in BOL BACHCHAN are sure to multiply his fan-following by leaps and bounds. More on that later!
On the flipside, BOL BACHCHAN falters due to its erratic pacing at times. Besides, a few episodes try too hard to make you laugh, but the impact is missing. In fact, Rohit Shetty is known to pack so much in every sequence, but BOL BACHCHAN has a couple of loose ends that stand out. The culmination, for instance, could've been better envisaged.
Rediff | Sukanya Verma
If there's one thing about this over-crowded, over-the-top, overboard, overlong flick, with not an ounce of subtlety -- right from the obese pahelwans populating Devgn's entourage to the bright, magenta flowers on Abhishek's shirt -- which actually clicks, it's the eponymous hero. Abhishek Bachchan underplays it as the regular, unspectacular dude with his Rowdy Rathoreish moustache but it's his turn as the queer brother where he really lets his hair down like a guy who hasn't had this much fun at office in days. Despite the overstated tone, it works.
NDTVMovies | Saibal Chatterjee
The acting is generally so unabashedly hammy that you might be forgiven for wondering whether you have wandered into a pigsty.
Be warned. Bol Bachchan is a comedy so absurd that it could reduce you to tears of despair. Conversely, if you have the stomach for such rampant silliness, it might propel you into paroxysms of delight. The call is entirely yours.
The Times Of India | Srijana Mitra Das
On the plus side, BB's a dialogue-lover's delight - lines like 'fish and chips without water', Devgn conveying the situation of a 'jal bin machli' - sparkle across the plot and you can feel the love as the actors reprise bits and bobs of vintage Bollywood. On the downside, it exceeds by about 30 minutes and has that odd, uneven heart-chart quality accompanying the film. But that aside, BB showcases Shetty as the maharaja of madness, Devgn clearly his crown prince. And Abhishek? His judwa bhai, of course.
Glamsham | Martin D'Souza
What's left then is for Devgn to lord over the rest of the plot, and this he does in style. Acting silly, he is very convincing. His English lines are the only saving grace for this film.
Both the ladies, Asin and Prachi, are thrust into the plot without a proper game-plan and Asrani is mouthing inanities when he is cut out to do even better roles. You can't keep him in the "angrezo ka zamano ka jailer" time zone all his life. Even the music is pedestrian.
Director Rohit Shetty loses the plot and Abhishek Bachchan, playing the side-kick is a sad sight.
Yahoo | Kunal Guha
When re-inventing a classic, the obvious benefit for any filmmaker is that the story has already been told. This allows for time and opportunity to experiment with parallel screenplays or embellish characters with fascinating traits. But director Rohit Shetty not only assumes that his audience hasn’t seen the original ‘Gol Maal’ but also that they’ve been snoozing through this one. Reason: the finale has Devgn and his chamchas putting up a musical act that recaps the entire film.
Koimoi | Mrigank Dhaniwala
The story of Bol Bachchan uses the basic plot of Golmaal and expands upon it. In fact, the film has many references to the original. Yunus Sajawal has weaved a screenplay that is not only engaging but also very entertaining. Of course, many will find the going-ons to be brainless, but even such detractors will not be able to hold their laughter.
Abhishek Bachchan performs competently in the double role. His portrayal of the gay dancer is amusing. He could have done better in the climax scene though. Ajay Devgan is in his element as Prithviraj, the strongman with the soft heart. He is good in the action sequences.
Rohit Shetty’s direction is efficient as he holds the comedy together very well. He packs a solid punch again, this time, going a notch higher. Amar Mohile’s background score is effective.
DNA India | Blessy Chettiar
While the Abhishek-Ajay duo is at ease with their characters, one can smell many more Rohit Shetty-stamped Bol Bachchans on the way. While Asin seems to have a perpetual bad hair day, veteran Asrani and Archana Puran Singh suffer from diarrhea of overacting. Desai’s presence is like balm on scars left by Neeraj Vora and one guy who is called Ravi Shastri.
Shetty banks on innuendo, puns, religion and cheap comments on sexual orientation to add to the comedy value. Only that it’s not always in good taste. However, there are some genuinely funny scenes including Abhishek’s dance on popular Hindi songs and Devgn’s obsession with the English language. In context, stuff like ‘Necessity is the mother of Discovery channel’ and ‘Today, my chest has become blouse’ leaves you in splits.
Nowrunning | Mansha Rastogi
Ajay Devgn essays his part perfectly as his chemistry and comfort which Rohit Shetty's style of comedy can be seen while Abhishek struggles to act funny mostly crossing the line of buffoonery and ends up hamming and over-acting. Asin and Prachi don't have much to offer to the story. You have Asrani playing a character one has seen him playing for eons and there's some times-funny-other times-hamming Krushna Abhishek, probably an entry into the film courtesy Rohit's judging spree in the comedy show.
Zeenews | Ananya Bhattacharya
The point with movies like ‘Bol Bachchan’ is that there is nothing in it that is not predictable. It is not as if people can expect a shoddy piece of work and get inside theatres and be surprised to see the reverse. The music of Himesh Reshammiya, and added to that his nasal voice, are tortuous to the ears. The comic element is all that redeems the film, and of course, the acting of the cast. All of that culminates in a proper comedy, but the story line is non-existent.
Indian Express | Shubhra Gupta
This is a Rohit Shetty film. Which means it is full of primary colours. I counted a red-blue-green-yellow palette more than a couple of times, all in the same frame. It is full of cars and jeeps hurtling down roads and crashing and smashing. It is full of Ajay Devgn, which is a given because Shetty and Devgn are long-time collaborators; plus, the star is the producer of the film. But this time around, there’s a slight difference. It’s also got Abhishek Bachchan, and that makes ‘Bol Bachchan’ not as much a Rohit Shetty film as his previous ones, which is not such a bad thing : I laughed more in this one than I have in his previous loud comedies.
Yes, it is that kind of film. And what it does is give Bachchan Jr a part that gives him more to do than he has in his previous string of duds : his comic tone is not as loud as his father’s could be when required ( Amitabh shows up in a song in the beginning, looking seriously a greybeard, and there are a string of famous Amitabh lines strewn through the film just in case we’ve forgotten the connection between father and son)but Abhishek has become better at doing broad than he used to. His limp-wristed, swaying-waist act, replete with printed shirts and bitten lips, is as cliched as Bollywood gay representations go, but he gets some swing into it. This is an Abhishek who is loosened up enough to have some fun, and provide some in turn.
Deccan Chronicle | Khalid Mohamed
Trade writers may go by the matrix of a film’s commercial potential but the plain, ordinary critic still hopes to apply the matrix of that almost-extinct thingamujig called quality. Translated, quality means an element of good taste, emotional appeal, technical competence and a story that is worth telling. Alas, Rohit Shetty, like many before him and many after him, doesn’t believe in such requisites. The more excessive the merrier.
Also since concepts hinge on the malaise of remakes, here’s one more unabashed go at brain-bashing and the mangling of much-cherished originals. In addition, the Bachchan aura is sought to be used constantly, kicking off with the opening song spotlighting the senior actor in a dance appearance. Fondly or oddly, the lyrics go to the extent of calling the Bachchans a 'magnanimous family'.
Movietalkies | Movietalkies
Shetty favourite Ajay Devgn is in top form as the short tempered pehelwan with a penchant for translating Hindi proverbs in broken English, with hilarious results. What works for Devgn is his deadpan comedy and his bouts of anger, which had made us laugh in the Golmaal series too. Abhishek Bachchan is quite passable as Abbas Ali but it is when he pretends to be the pansy twin that he makes us guffaw in delight. Bachchan Jr, who has not tried an out and out comedy film in a long time, sure shows promise in Bol Bachchan.
Director Rohit Shetty has claimed time and again that Bol Bachchan is loosely inspired from Hrishikesh Mukherjee's laugh riot Gol Maal and Shetty is gracious enough to doff his hat to the cult classic in quite a few scenes in the movie. Like all Rohit Shetty films, Bol Bachchan has its share of wacky humour, crazy characters, action scenes that defy the laws of physics and of course, cars that fly across the screen and perform somersaults in slow motion.
Dailybhaskar | Mayank Shekhar
Abhishek Bachchan plays Amol Palekar’s role from that film. Devgn updates Utpal Dutt’s part. He’s the boss. In the original, Utpal Dutt’s character had an issue against men who didn’t wear a moustache. Therefore, Amol Palekar had to invent a twin. Obsession with moustache is a comical premise. In this case, Devgn’s Abbas has to hide the fact that he’s Muslim from his employer, because he’d broken the lock of a disputed temple. This confusion can be settled in a minute. It’s not that his Hindu boss has a problem with people from other religions. It’s hard to carry on with a story when the conflict itself makes no sense.