Bunty Aur Babli 2 movie director: Varun V Sharma
Bunty Aur Babli 2 movie cast: Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukerji, Sharvari Wagh, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Pankaj Tripathi
Bunty Aur Babli 2 Movie Rating: 2.5 stars
Bunty Aur Babli worked for many reasons. Apart from great music, one of the primary music was that it fulfilled the frustrated aspirations of the small towns of India. That year was 2005. More than 15 years later, the sequel is mired in confusion about the distance between the two Indias, the desperate tapping into the climax of the 2005 film, Bunty Aur Babli 2.
So are kool-a-cucumber Chaturvedi and Wagh as ordering beluga caviar in Abu Dhabi, as at their roadside home at the West UP Engineering College; And assembling the system cleverly as teaching correct lifting positions at the gym. They are the new Bunty and Babli, who have made their way up to that position by audaciously exploiting two of Uttar Pradesh’s biggest symbols – the Ganga and politicians.
Then there are the old-fashioned vinegars Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukerji, who still carry the sauce but only a whiff of dunk. Reprising the role of Abhishek Bachchan from the original, Saif plays a man with life’s regrets and the punch of a lifetime. The original Bunty and Babli have resigned themselves to domestication and parenthood – although the child they have produced will probably keep them in a life of crime for the foreseeable future. When new con artists take their name, and hence fame, the old ones drag on.
Writer-director Varun V Sharma clearly doesn’t think that Saif and Rani, who are in the lead, are good enough to replicate the success of the original. So, he keeps hitting back at Sharvari and Siddhant, which are not bad but nothing we haven’t seen before. However, her bigger crime is reducing the original Bunty and Babli into a colourful, atrocious parody of their own – Babli ruthlessly discarded, ignoring the kurti-salwar trend she started in 2005. Here she looks ready for sheer laughter, especially when paired with a perfectly manicured Sharvari in contrast.
The director’s idea of re-creating a child Kajra Re is also highly questionable, with the same girl having sex uncomfortably at other moments later.
Yet the film comes alive in some parts. Especially between Saif and Rani, who are trying to kindle the old spark of Bunty-Babli; Between the two Bunty and Bablis as they try to beat each other; And between the lines when it surprisingly enters the political arena. Be it the chariot of clean Ganga, the game of renaming cities like Allahabad to Prayagraj and the condition of our system. An STF arrives late to the crime scene on a cycle and a bullock cart – well, we can’t say it’s impossible.