For the first 30 minutes you wonder what’s happening on screen. There’s no direction, there’s no script (of course it’s a remake of SHOLAY, we all know) but the way Ramu goes about introducing the characters of Ajay Devgan and his buddy is stuff made by novices. And this is a RGV flick! Then there’s Rajpal Yadav’s annoying act with a put-on accent. After that you know where this AAG is headed. It’s a blaze, and Ramu and gang desperately try to quell the fire using Amitabh Bachchan (Baban) who meekly tries to blow with his parted lips in an effort to scare the daylights off you!!!
Ghungroo (Nisha Kothari) arrives on screen with her auto and straight away tries to take-off in top gear while Ajay Devgan and Prashant Raj sttuter and start. There’s also Sushmita Sen who has an expression which says, ‘I don’t know how I got caught in this fire’!
It’s such torture to sit through the movie that it made a dud like CASH look better. The music is passable and dialogues lack the finesse and punch. If Gabbar’s ‘Kitne Aadmi The’ line still rings loud and clear, Babban has not a single line to shout about. If Gabbar’s mannerisms terrorized Thakur and his villagers, Narsima looks Babban straight in the eye. If Samba was a perfect side-kick for Gabbar, Tambhe is a character caught in a fix. If Basanti rocked, Ghungroo annoys. And if Helen’s dance in Mehbooba Mehbooba was class personified, Urmila Matondkar does not even come close to it.
Forgive me for the comparison with such a classic as SHOLAY, but comparisons are a must when it’s a remake. If Bally Sagoo could immortalize the song Chura Liya from the film YAADON KI BARAAT and re-introduce it to today’s generation with his classic remix, Ramu with his remake of SHOLAY has shown how a parody should be made for Television.
Sorry Ramu, Babban does not work. I just wonder how you now plan to quell this fire. Or will you now sing Billy Joel’s famous song “We didn’t start the fire…”