Old Wine In A New Bottle
“Hum jahan khade hote hai, line wahi se shuru hoti hai….” This line from the film ‘Kaalia’ has been immortalized by the great Amitabh Bachchan. This angry young man is now back albeit in an older avatar but then he can rightly say, “Bbuddah Hoga Tera Baap’. Most of us older mortals have grown up to a staple diet of the angry young man right from ‘Zanjeer’ to ‘Teen Patti’. But it took Mr. Bachchan two decades to come up with ‘BHTB’ in 2011 that reinvented his angry young man image.
All said and done, there is nothing great about the film in its totality but when superman Mr. Bachchan is on the screen, you forget that the story, screenplay and the dialogues are mindlessly clueless in what direction to go. The supremo swaggers lazily through the film in his stylish and loud look and yet hardly giving you that much needed moment to take a loo or cigarette break.
Viju aka Amitabh Bachchan is a flamboyant and short tempered retired hit-man who comes out of retirement while in Paris to make a last hit that of Mumbai ACP Karan (Sonu Sood). As the story unfolds, it dawns that Karan is Viju’s son and Viju is out to protect him from an underworld gang ruled by Kabir (Prakash Raj). Sita played by yester year’s dream girl Hema Malini is his estranged wife who had years ago dumped her criminal husband to safeguard her son from his father’s criminal ways. After ‘Baghbaan’, this couple once again sizzles on the big screen. Kamini by still so beautiful Raveena Tandon (his ‘Aks co-star) is the other woman who is completely besotted by the debonair Viju despite Kamini being married to another person and having a teenage daughter.
This film is all about Mr. Bachchan and the end credit clearly says that it’s a tribute to the angry young man. So, one can’t expect anything else from this film other then the charm and larger then life persona of Amitabh Bachchan throughout the film. Mr. Bachchan is truly one of the finest actors of Bollywood and ‘BHTB’ that lacks a good story or screenplay proves that. Mr. Bachchan carries the film on his shoulders like he carried a crocodile in one his earlier films. All the other actors manage to hold their own and it’s Prakash Raj who equally manages to stand tall as a foe for Mr. Bachchan.
Vishal-Shekhar has clearly given one of the best music this year despite one of the songs of the film being a medley of Mr. Bachchan’s old hits. The medley ‘Go Meera’ gets your feet tapping and makes you want to get up and shake a leg with the legend on the screen. The title track and ‘Haal-e-dil’ in the rich baritone voice of Mr. Bachchan make for a listening pleasure especially the soulful ‘Haal-e-dil’. The film is overtly stylish and the Director Puri Jagannath with his DOP Amol Rathod has managed to capture the charisma of the film quite interestingly. Special mention of Ellawadi Leepakshi and Naahid Shah, the costume designers who managed to make Mr. Bachchan look utterly cool and at the same time, super hot despite Mr. Bachchan’s age touching 70.
If you are one of those Big B’s fans who have grown up watching his films which the younger generation have missed out on, here’s a chance to catch the angry young man again on the big screen doing what he loves to do best – kick some butts. The younger generation after watching this film, would clearly get an understanding why the Big B who for the last two decades had more or less been seen in dramatic roles, has been considered the angry young man for so long. This Bbuddah despite age against him, zooming on a Harley Davidson, definitely rocks!