A movie with a title inspired by a popular nursery rhyme does give a feeling that might be a simile/metaphor with quirky tones. But alas, actor turned director Vishwas Paandya’s BAA BAA BLACK SHEEP has an extra ‘a’ in the movie’s title and the filmmakers name in this spineless, spiritless crime game that lacks any wool (conviction, fun, excitement). How ul jalul (rough translation – whatever) is that!?.
So, if you believed in your wildest dreams that this may be a comment on something relevant affecting our society like the inspiration behind the nursery rhyme ‘ Baa Baa Black Sheep’ which is said to be a comment against taxes levied on the Medieval English wool trade and slavery introduced during the regime of King Edward I (1272 to 1307), which became more prominent during the rule of King Edward II.
Cut to BAA BAAA BLACK SHEEP, this crime caper written by the director and Sanjeev Puri is a tasteless, stale aloo puri. Baba (Manish Paul) is in love with Angelina (Manjari Phadnis) she is somewhere in the movie mentioned as Jolie.. he he.. Anyways the kind hearted, pretty and caring Angelina is the daughter of art forger Brian (Annu Kapoor).
So when Balbir Sharma urf Baba discovers on his 25th birthday that his father Charudutt Sharma (Anupam Kher) a simple cashew dealer in Goa outside and a henpecked husband inside the house is actually a famous contract killer Charlie in original for years. It’s time for Baba to take the charge and continue the legacy. A police officer Shivraj (Kay Kay Menon), corrupt home minister Utpal (Manish Wadhwa), businessman Daneil (Vineet Sharma) an art collector Kamya (Natasha Suri) and a fixer (Aakash Dabhade) also get in the picture and you wait for genuine fun, quirkiness and humour expected from this genre but it falls flat.
It’s a complete wishy-washy misfire that adds more salt and chutney to the agony when we see remarkable talents like Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor, Kay Kay Menon wasted in an enterprise that doesn't deserve their magical realism/mannerisms as actors. Manjari Fadnis is a ‘pretty’ good talent but she fails to get a movie that can justify her potential.
The best thing about actor turned filmmaker Vishwas Pandyaa’s BAA BAAA BLACK SHEEP is that the son of producer Jayendra Pandya who produced the classic NAMAK HARAM (1973) helmed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee starring Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan, has tried to do something on his own and not followed the catastrophic trend to revisit, remake old classics that has recently achieved an all time low with Jacqueline Fernandez attempting a pathetic new age Madhuri Dixit in ‘Ek Do Teen’.
(Half each for Kher, Kapoor and Menon)