After the unprecedented success of ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’, Bollywood’s youngest superstar Ranbir Kapoor is all set to return once again in 2013. The trailer of his next release ‘Besharam’ is out. Before you proceed further to read the review, watch the theatrical trailer of the film if you haven’t already.
Although Ranbir has always been touted as the next superstar, he was safely playing the wait-and-watch game until now. There was a huge gap between each of his last four releases – Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (May 31 2013), Barfi! (14 Sept 2012), Rockstar (11 Nov 2011) and Anjaana Anjaani (1 Oct, 2010). With this strategy, it appeared that he might be keen on going the Aamir Khan way by having limited quality releases. But one look at Ranbir’s list of upcoming movies gives an impression that he was patiently waiting to grow a fan base and an ever-rising hold on the audience. After Besharam, he will be seen in Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Bombay Velvet’, T-Series’s ‘Roy’, Anurag Basu’s ‘Jagga Jaasoos’ and Imtiaz Ali’s next film – all of which should release before the end of 2015.
Besharam is the second directorial venture of Abhinav Kashyap after ‘Dabangg’ which was one of the biggest hits of 2010. Kashyap backed out from directing the sequel to ‘Dabangg’ and instead opted to direct an entirely new film, casting Ranbir Kapoor as the male protagonist. The actor will be seen sharing screen-space for the film time with his parents Rishi and Neetu Kapoor. Pallavi Sharda plays the female lead, while Javed Jaffery will be seen in a negative role.
The trailer is entertaining as it manages to give a sneak peek into the film targeted both at the urban audience and the masses. After exploring Uttar Pradesh culture in ‘Dabangg’, Abhinav has shifted base to Haryana this time around. Just like his first film, names of the lead characters are unique and funny – Babli (Ranbir), Chulbul Chautala (Rishi) and Bulbul Chautala (Neetu). The music of the film has been composed by Lalit Sen (Lalit of Jatin-Lalit duo), who gave the chartbuster ‘Munni Badnaam’.
The Besharam trailer starts with Ranbir taking a leak and singing his Punjabi version of DDLJ song ‘Tujhe Dekha’. Apart from several scenes that remind you of Salman’s Dabangg, Babli’s one-liner to Chulbul too has references to the 2010 film – ‘sirf naam Chulbul hone se koi Dabangg nahi ban jaata’. The film’s tagline goes perfectly with the title too – “Na sammaan ka moh, na apmaan ka bhay”, translated as “No want for respect, no fear of disrespect”. Flaunting a half baked Punjabi accent, Ranbir will be seen doing performing a few action sequences for the first time in his career.
Overall, a trailer with all the masala ingredients, the whole point being to entertain every section of the audience, even if that means going over-the-top with the dialogues and Ranbir’s expressions. That’s exactly what Abhinav Kashyap said at the trailer launch last evening too “Ranbir is the hero amongst the masses and a hero with whom everyone will relate to. I am not trying to propagate any social message through my film. He is here to entertain everyone, even a poor man, who is not educated”
Besharam releases on a national holiday for Gandhi Jayanti, which happens to be a Wednesday. So the film gets an extended 5 day weekend. Given Ranbir’s fan-following and the success of his last film, Besharam will undoubtedly open to a fantastic response . Records could be broken!
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Abhishek Sharma tweets @abhu_sharma