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Shamelessly derailed
ISHAN RAYCHAUDHURI | New Delhi, October 11, 2013 16:06
Tags : Besharam | Ranbir Kapoor | Rishi Kapoor | Neetu Singh | Javed Jaffrey | Abhinav Kashyap |

When a star is red-hot with back-to-back hits and totally rocking the mindscape – heart n’ soul, that is – of both youngistan and the female population with cool performance and killer charm, expectations are expectedly at an all-time - high! The only actor/star to challenge the Khan dominance in recent times, Ranbir Kapoor’s Besharam rode into theatres on huge buzz and massive hype. Apart from the deadly RK, the director too was not just another bozo, but the creator of the unforgettable masala smash Dabangg and the persona of the hugely popular Chulbul Pandey – Abhinav Kashyap. This was his second film after that monster-hit and naturally everyone was waiting with bated breath. Rounding-off the USP quotient was the amazing pair of Rishi-Neetu as cops pursuing the Besharam and Budtameez Dil hero, with their very own method and agenda. So all in all, it was but natural that everyone and their toothless aunt were all set for a freakout feast!

Problem with hype n’ hoopla is that even a little disappointment is magnified and seen as a huge lapse. Then there is the comparison to both Dabangg and YJHD and suddenly aal is not so well! Kashyap and Ranbir were hoping to pull off a young, cocky version of Salman, Ranbir - style. A flamboyant, irreverent, unethical Robin Hood for whom means justify the end. Unfortunately this did not work for the simple reason – Ranbir is no Salman! His core competence and strength – youth – has been burdened and compromised with too much Salman-giri and it suffers big time. Kashyap’s grand design fails also because he does not allow the star a solid screenplay to leave an impact. Ranbir’s ambitious desire to broaden his fan-base from Metro and urban-centric fans to the hinterland audience too takes a hit for the same reason: there’s only that much the young star can do. His glorious, heroic effort is defeated by the lack of a compelling narrative. Its like scoring a century for the losing side! Not even Rishi-Neetu’s charming performances or the juicy winks at references to old Bollywood hits can lift up a film that is confused, tries too hard and ends up in nowhere land. And hey, who is this heroine with whom there is zero chemistry? Is it because Ranbir instantly means Kat or Dips? Figure it out guys!!

 At the end of the day, despite the down side, Besharam is certainly a one-time watch.  The Kapoor trio are a joy to enjoy, but alas, sabotaged by a weak focus. No wonder despite a thumping Rs .20 crore plus on its opening day, it slipped badly thereafter with the second day, registering a – reportedly – shocking Rs.7 crores only! The Rs.60 crore plus budgeted film is allegedly doing well in Australia, New Zealand and U.K., but is nowhere near expectations. Three cheers for the Kapoor trio but only One for the film, which despite being a 3,500 screen carpet-bomber, only flatters to deceive!

Director:  Abhinav Kashyap

Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh, Javed Jaffrey


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