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  Bachchan Pandey


Farhad Samji's‘Bachchan Pandey'is a tale of the tone- placarded slip of Bhagwa, Bachchan Pandey (Akshay Kumar), who has unleashed a reign of terror, mercilessly killing those who dare to challengehim.How a budding director, Myra (Kriti Sanon) from Mumbai, along with her actor- friend Vishu (Arshad Warsi), decides to make a biopic on him and land in Bhagwa, and what ensues, forms the crux of this film that stretches for two and partial hours. The film is replete with caricatures and appears more like a dark comedy, as the humour is frequently garbed by spear, only with some apparently facetious one-liners coming to the deliverance. The plot appears decent, but its ambitious treatment adds to the confusion. The scenes are needlessly stretched and the violence is a determined trouble. Piecemeal from the action sequences, there's a generous cure of blood and spear. With Bachchan Pandey and his gang of mugs-- Kandi (Saharsh Kumar Shukla), Bufferiya (Sanjay Mishra), Pendulum (Abhimanyu Singh) and Abecedarian (Prateik Babbar)-- slash people's throats and fire at them without blinking an eyelid. The first half of the film, although exaggerated, at least appears believable, establishing Bachchan Pandey's character, butpost-interval, the film makes for tedious viewing. In the final act, factors similar as Bachchan's love life with Sophie (Jacqueline Fernandez), who is killed, the treason by his master (Mohan Agashe), and his mama (Seema Biswas), who has stopped speaking to him for the once 10 times, appear to be forced attempts to add psychodrama, and elicit sympathy for Pandey. These only outstretch the film, piecemeal from not being in sync with Pandey's character and the flavour of the plot, and drag the film down by several notches in one go. The director's shot to justify Bachchan Pandey getting the good soul, Bhola Pandey, makes the film lose focus. The music is anything but melodious. It's jarring and only contributes to the bloody tenor of the film. On the performance front, the film unexpectedly belongs to Akshay Kumar, who, with a damaged gravestone eye, an evil persona, driving around in his quaint auto, delivers a strong and tone- assured act, as always. While Bachchan Pandey's back story justifies his motive to be the bad man, his turning over a new splint, is a laddie flimsy, rushed and uncompelling. Kriti Sanon as the determined director, Myra, is a sure- shot winner. She's every inch the confident, creative and gutsy person she's supposed to be. At ease with Akshay Kumar, she exudes unequaled confidence. Arshad Warsi, who plays Vishu, an actor floundering to fulfil his father's unfulfilled dream of making it big, shines inparts.The ensemble cast of Bachchan's mugs are all competent, and they nail their characters; some others, similar as Seema Biswas and Mohan Agashe, are wasted, Pankaj Tripathi as Bhavesh, an acting educator from Gujarat, is extremely disappointing, with hisover-the-top act and simulated Gujarati accentuation.

Director:- Farhad Samji
Writers:- Tasha Bhambra (additional dialogue) Tushar Hiranandani (additional dialogue) Sparsh Khetarpal (additional dialogue)
Stars:- Akshay Kumar Kriti Sanon Jacqueline Fernandez
IMDB Rating:- 6.9/10













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