BesharamOctober 4, 2013
A car thief falls in love with a woman whose car he has stolen.
Release Year: 2013
Rating: 4.1/10 (816 voted)
Director: Abhinav Kashyap
Babli (Ranbir Kapoor) is a street smart car mechanic living in a Delhi orphanage. He is charming and lives life to the fullest. He also steals cars to support his orphanage. He has no sense of right or wrong till he unwittingly hurts the love of his life, Tara (Pallavi Sharda) and is chased by cop couple Chulbul Chautala (Rishi Kapoor) and Bulbul Chautala (Neetu Kapoor). Babli realizes that there is no right way of doing the wrong thing. Babli sets out to fix all the wrongs in his life and he continues to be shameless about it.
Na samman ka moh, na apmaan ka bhay (No desire for respect, no fear of disrespect)
I walked into the theatre, expecting to watch a bad film, and still
walked out feeling baffled, because the film was way worse than what I
had anticipated. I'm just disappointed for wasting my money on this.
But I've myself to blame to be honest. The promos were really bad, and
the songs were lifeless. The off-screen drama surrounding this film
didn't do any good either – and just put me off completely. However,
being a huge Ranbir fan, I did hope to at least have fun in the cinema.
This could just have been one of those so-bad-that-it's-good films.
Alas, no. It's plain bad.
To give credit where it's due, the first half of the film was bearable.
It had some funny scenes…. but post interval, the film completely
crashes. By the climax, I could have pulled my hair out or poked my
eyes with my straw. That would have been more entertaining than the
Sure people will argue that this is a masala film, and you got to leave
your brains behind, etc – and mind you, I've nothing against those
potboilers, and I sure know how to enjoy a good masala film. But this
was just one big bad, repulsive film. The makers didn't get anything
right – which is shocking considering they had a unique cast to work
with, and the director's claim to fame is the cult classic – Dabangg.
Right from the concept, to the execution, to the humour, to the
performances, to the music and to the graph of the film. It was
shamelessly poorly executed. And really, what will work against this
film is that you do not expect 3such a trash-fest from someone like
Abhinav Kashyap might have a hard time finding producers for his next
film – unless of course his brother steps in. It looks like his
arrogance took away the talent that he promised with his debut film.
The writing and direction left a lot to be desired. And the screenplay
goes completely haywire. The love angle especially is completely
forced, random and brings the film down. Music by Lalit Pandit is
shockingly poor. Can you believe this guy helped deliver gems like KKHH
or DDLJ? There are too many songs, which sound awful, and act as
complete speed- breakers – in a otherwise route-less film. Their
picturisations leave no impact whatsoever, expect that the choreography
is well weird. I'm guessing Remo was in-charge because I could spot him
in the first song, but the steps were a bit crude and too rhythmic.
Ranbir danced good though.
If the film was a letdown, the performances were worst. Ranbir Kapoor
is a great actor. Period. And I love the fact that he's constantly
trying something new. He's versatile. For sure. But picking a different
role is not where the story ends. You need to be able to bring it to
life, to make the audience believe its you, to pull off the role and
deliver a good performance. As Babli, Ranbir leaves all the boxes
unchecked. First off, he's just not Babli – and throughout the film, it
becomes more and more obvious that he's trying too hard. He struggles
to act, and this is the first time I've hated watching him on-screen. I
wonder what made him take such a repulsive character, and not add any
endearing quality to it? Not even in his performance? And his
''I'm-an-orphan-so-I-can- steal'' act was anything but heartwarming.
Giving himself a disgusting look, unfortunately doesn't help make his
act convincing. He's over the top and completely hams his way through
Neetu Singh – probably one of the most elegant leading actresses –
gives her son some good competition, although she does have a funny
role until the cliché part leading to her 'character-growth'. Bad
performance. Javed Jaffery is completely wasted and adds nothing to the
film, while the leading actress – Pallavi – has nothing going in her
favour. She shares no chemistry with Ranbir, is no great-looker, and
completely messes up her romantic/emotional scenes.
Rishi Kapoor, for me, was somewhat the 'best' performer. It was however
painful to watch him completely ridicule himself in the first
''potty''scene. Did he really have to do this?! Toiler humour & I don't
gel well, so this one was repulsive scene for me. That aside, he was
cute and acted well, as expected.
Ranbir & Pallavi made the most awkward on-screen couple I've seen in a
while. They both looked disinterested in each other. The
camaraderie/chemistry between the three Kapoors left a lot to be
desired. It pains me that THIS is the film they chose to come together?
It's just not going to work in their favour. Whatever happened to Rishi
& Neetu rejecting countless of scripts because they weren't ''good
The ''jokes'' didn't really work. I chuckled a few times, but the
humour was too much ''in you face''. And way too crude for my liking.
:shrug: Ranbir's butt-crack, getting-hard jokes, constant humping in
songs,… it was all way too much to digest.
At the box office, this film is going to prove a disappointment. I'm
expecting a big opening, but with the kind of negativity the film has
amassed even before the release, along with the atrocious reviews, and
I'm predicting poor word-of-mouth, film will shamelessly be out of most
theatres soon and fail to leave a mark.
Speaking of which, if anything, Besharam will leave a daag on Ranbir's
career. He might just hit the jackpot with this one – worst film, worst
performance and biggest disappointment in his career.