Bol Bachchan is a 2012 Bollywood action comedy film directed by Rohit Shetty. The film is an official remake of the popular 1979 film Gol Maal.Wikipedia
Bol Bachchan Reviews
Bol Bachchan offers a few genuine laughs, but it's too long and too labored to describe as a pleasing film. Shetty, who came up with some clever comic sketches particularly in his first and third Golmaal films, appears to be cashing in on past glory with this dull rehash of his successful work.
If your nosy is not turned up too high, ‘Bol Bachchan’, less blaring than your standard Rohit Shetty comedy, can give you sporadic chuckles, and a few helpess laughs. Can’t expect more.
The best thing about the film is Abhishek Bachchan, who lets loose without inhibition. He manages to sparkle even in a script that is lazy and determinedly lowbrow, so the alter ego Abbas is an effete dance teacher who wears flowery shirts. The climax has people hanging on the side of a cliff, which immediately took me back to the equally infantile films of Anees Bazmee (No Entry, Welcome), which is never a good sign for any film.
Bol Bachchan is dispensable cinema, forgotten almost immediately after it's over. What I kept wondering is how does Asrani who acted in Mukerjee's acclaimed films like Chupke Chupke, Abhimaan, Bawarchi feel about working in the remake of a film where the hero wore his kurta. Don't know what I'm talking about? You deserve Bol Bachchan. But if you do, you must have already begun scouting for your copy of Gol Maal somewhere.
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 basic narrative of Bol Bachchan, more or less, follows that of the 1979 Golmaal and thereby Rohit Shetty's film has a defined flow, which saves it from wandering aimlessly. Bettering the original would be an impractical idea that, perhaps, even Shetty is aware of. So he simply attempts to stay true to the original and keeps the cult scenes and characters untouched. So Archana Puran Singh reprises Dina Pathak's role and poses as the mother (and also her twin sister) and makes the same backdoor entry when the scene demands it.
If you liked the Shetty Golmaals and Singham, this review will only be bol bachchan for you. Have fun while it lasts.
On the whole, Bol Bachchan delivers entertainment in huge dollops. For that, it will earn the love of the paying public and will have a successful run at the box-office.
On the whole, BOL BACHCHAN is a dhamaal entertainer that has the Rohit Shetty stamp all over it. A film that pays homage to the cinema of 1970s and 1980s, especially the ones made by Manmohan Desai. Big stars, big visuals, big entertainment, BOL BACHCHAN has it all.
In short, BOL BACHCHAN is like a quickly put up 'after dinner play' which one indulges in during their growing-up years to entertain their parents.
Bol Bachchan falls a bit short of delivering what it promised. A few excellent scenes, a few good scenes and a quite a lot of boring scenes is how I would describe the film. It doesn’t have the laugh-a-minute quality of Shetty’s earlier comedies but is still a decent time pass flick to be enjoyed with family or friends. Keep your expectations low and you may end up having a good time.
They say what can’t be cured, must be endured. Once you give in to that adage and ask your white matter to exit the theatre, you will enjoy the film. Watch ‘Bol Bachchan’ just for laughing.
Audience Reviews for Bol Bachchan
Whenever the name Rohit Shetty pops up in the mind, we can be assured of a film which is teeming with nonsensical jokes, gravity defying stunts & flying cars; in short a film for the purely hare brained. It's easy to taunt his films but there is no denying that his films racks in moolah which is evident by the fact that two of his films have breached the magical 100 crore collection. This week Rohit is back yet again with his favourite actor, Ajay Devgan & Abhishek Bachchan in "Bol Bachchan", which promises to be another mad capper. So will it be a slap on the critics as always???
Abbas Ali (Abhishek Bachchan) has been deprived off his ancestral property by his avaricious kin, leaving him with no option but to migrate with his sister, Sania (Asin Thottumkal) to his well wisher Shastri's (Asrani) abode in Ranakpur. Now, Shastri happened to share a healthy relationship with his boss & head of the village, Prithviraj Raghuvanshi (Ajay Devgan) who was a stickler for honesty & an avid lover of English, though it's a whole different thing that it brings tears to the connoisseurs of the language when they hear him speak. As one would expect, Abbas Ali gets the job as Prithviraj's accountant courtesy of a lie & before he knows he was sitting on a mountain of lies. Now how he is going to pacify Prithviraj's temper when his pack of lies comes tumbling down???
Unlike Rohit's previous ventures, I would have to say that it's not as silly or outrageous as the Golmaal series. Actually, the premise of the story is borrowed from Hrishikesh Mukherjee's 1979 classic "Golmaal". There are definitely a couple of genuinely humorous moments courtesy of Farhad-Sajid's dialogues but as always there are times when he stretches the gags a bit too much, that you dont feel like laughing at all. Frankly speaking, Himesh Reshammiya & Ajay- Atul's music didnt impress me much though I liked the picturisation of the title track featuring Big B. The visuals by Dudley were colourful while the action sequences choreographed by Jai Singh were typical of Rohit's films.
Ajay has always been an intense actor who burst into the industry as an action hero. His fore into the comedy genre didn't pose much of a trouble as expected & it actually improved after his association with Rohit's laugh riots. Here too, he is at ease & doesn't mind taking a back seat to Abhishek who delves into the characters with glee. Asin & Prachi Desai didn't have much to do other than provide scope for romantic numbers. Neeraj Vora & Krushna Abhishek were extremely good & gets to mouth the funniest lines, while Archana Puran & Asrani did their parts aptly.
Verdict: The film will have a fantastic opening & by the look of things I dont believe it would have much of a chance in Multiplexes. Just like the other masala films making waves, the single screen masses will lap it up. So in short, will it cross 100 crores.??? Hmm...I dont think so, as it's not on par with other Rohit's films as far as stupidity is concerned!!!
Why you would pick the classic subtle comedy like Golmaal directed by great Hrishikesh Mukherjee, remove the subtlety of it, add some boring characters and serve it again? Movies like Bol Bachchan are only made to exploit this plot again and again. I am fine if you use the basic plot of any movie, but why to keep the scenes as it is as if you don't want to pay anything to writers. The things look fine in the acting area but dialogues are not funny. Music is also not upto the mark. Rohit Shetty should stick to new age ideas like Golmaal series rather rehashing the old hits. Watch it as if you have not watched the old classic at all.