First, the good news; giving BESHARAM and extended opening with a release on a public holiday is an experiment that has worked. At least the producers will be able to rake in a decent initial. Ranbir Kapoor is fast gaining in on the popularity charts and has been able to draw in a decent crowd on the first day; almost 30 percent occupancy.
The bad news is that BESHARAM is not DABANGG. Ranbir Kapoor cannot be made to smash goons and lift gas cylinders. This guy has a long way to go before any director can even think of casting him into that dishoom-dishoom
mould. It does not work. It might, if the script is sensible. Not in BESHARAM.
That director Abhinav Singh Kashyap has a hangover of DABANGG is evident from the fact that Rishi Kapoor's character is a cop named Chulbul. But sir, sirf naam chulbul rakhne se, koi picture Dabangg nahi banta
Time will come when the audience will roar like they do when Salman Khan comes on screen. Until that happens, Ranbir will have to bid his time and select better scripts.
Nothing works in the movie. Not even Ranbir [who salvaged ROCKSTAR to an extent] is able to change the fortunes of this script that goes from bad to worse and then even worse.
Babli (Ranbir Kapoor) is a car thief. His partner in crime is Titu (Amitosh Nagpal). Babli steals cars in order to help the orphanage and the children that live there. He too is an orphan. Chandel (Jaaved Jaaferi) is the goon who is a kingpin in money laundering. He operates out of Chandigarh and moves in stolen cars. Babli is recommended to him as a clean thief.
Unfortunately, Babli ends up stealing the car of the girl he is in love with and when he goes back to Chandel's backyard to get it is when things take a U turn. Thank god for that, because without that twist, Babli's romance with Tara (newcomer Pallavi Sharda) was going nowhere. The romance angle is feeble to the point of being ridiculous.
The songs pop in at inopportune time and the only idea is to light up the screen with colour. Not even the novelty of having Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh in the same frame as Ranbir tilts the balance in favour of the film. Nor does name-dropping work; Dharam, Gabbar, Sunny, Amitabh and Rekha are randomly used in scenes in the hope of tickling the funny bone.
Kashyap is either still miffed with what happened after DABANGG, or has not gotten over the hangover.
Ranbir, it seems, is caught in the melee with no place to run.