By Sonny Chatrath
As an aspiring film-maker and actor, I hate to speak badly about another artist’s work, but movies like Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap make me scratch my head – Why do people waste so much time, and effort on projects that lack any artistic merit or entertainment value?
I can honestly write a better script in about a week. The script writer of this film should be hung, drawn and quartered for serving this plate full of caca to the audience.
Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap revolves around a reformed Vijju (Amitabh Bacchan), who has given up his life of crime, and moved to Paris to run a pub.
In the beginning, we are given to believe that Vijju has been flown to India as an assassin to take out ACP (Asst. Commissioner of Police) Karan (Sonu Sood) because a Dubai Don (Kabir) is pissed at Karan, and wants him dead.
As the film unfolds, we learn that Vijju is actually Karan’s biological father, and for reasons only God knows, has flown to India to watch over his son. I mean, are we to believe that after all these years Vijju had a vision that his beta is in trouble?
The whole plot, as well as the script, is shoddy and poorly constructed.
I feel bad for all those directors and producers who have powerful scripts that will never see the light of the day, but the likes of Mr. Bachchan, owing to his stature in Bollywood, can raise a mountain of money for this pile of crap.
I feel investors should look at the script, rather than the lead actor. I have friends who swear by Dabanng, and I personally could not care less for it for the simple reason, it had no substance. The script was full of fillers, and clever one liners, and of course “Munni badnam hui”.
The only thing worth mentioning in Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap, are the action sequences, and the ones with Sonu Sood, not Big B. I was getting cramps in my stomach watching Big B kill about 2 dozen goons without reloading his gun. Are we to believe that he is the reincarnation of Superman?
My Dad (may God rest his soul) who was three years younger than big B could hardly hobble over to the bathroom. I doubt he could even swat a fly, and here we have Mr. Bachchan taking out a car-load of hard core goons single-handedly.
Hema Malini plays Vijju’s estranged wife, and looks as radiant as ever.
The lead actress Sonal Chauhan (Tanya) has done justice to her role, but for some reason they forced Raveena Tandon into the script, perhaps to add some comedy.
Raveena’s character Kamini has been crazily in love with Vijju since the day she set eyes on him. There was hardly any reason for Raveena to pick up this film, except to remind us of her existence. They make her look like a woman whose hormones are over-acting, just like her.
I must say, Mr. B is a great actor, and I am a big fan of his.
I loved his work in several films in the recent past, such as Babul, Baghban, Sarkar Raj etc.
But I have noticed, whenever he tries to play an action hero, the film flops. He should stick to roles befitting his age.
I am not discriminating here. All I am saying is he should stick to scripts that are a bit more matured than this one.
As far as the music of Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap, they did away with the originals, and came up with a remix of all of Amitabh’s old hits. Yeeks!
In a nutshell, from all angles Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap is for people who have nothing else to do over the long weekend, and for those who are die hard Amitabh Bachchan fans.
I would have been ok with Om Puri playing Vijju’s role, as he has done comical roles in recent films, and he can pull it off.
Amitabh Bachchan occupies the status of a demi god in our lives, and every time he tries to make a film such as this, he fails.
With the title “Bbuddah Hoga Tera Baap” and awareness that this is a celebration of Amitabh, I did not expect logic, great drama or a strong story. With those minimal expectations in mind, I though this was a fun movie. If you enjoyed watching all those Amitabh movies of old and you don’t mind mindless masala flicks then you will not be disappointed.
It was fun to watch Amitabh kick ass. A more compelling story would have definitely enhanced the movie value but as such it was paisa vasool for me. 🙂
Other commenters say Bbuddah is doing badly in India and we expect a similar picture here too.
We used to go to Amitabh movies, first day, first show! Invariably buying tickets in Black! 😉
Off-topic: ‘Edward scissorhands’ and ‘Delicatessen’ if you find them interesting.
Parkalam (we’ll see).
edward scissorhands was one of jonny’s first movies,never managed to watch it,didnt look great compared to his later stuff but i may be wrong
Among Johnny Depp’s recent movies, we liked Sweeney Todd best.
Holy! “Delicatessen” is one of the best movies I’ve ever watched in my life. Though genres are completely different
the amount of emotional feeling I had felt for “Casablanca” is million times less than “Delicatessen”.
Jean-Pierre-Jeunet’s “Amelie” (if somebody didn’t watch this, they don’t exist for me 🙂 ) and “Delicatessen” are the
greatest movies ever made.
OK, after we’ve imbibed some cold spirits, we will watch Delicatessen and dedicate the review to you (and to VJcool too).
Liked John Smith’s response best of all in Here’s looking at you, kid.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWFa8zfWfeA and Amelie also.. quirky films
@vjcool: “quirky” is that the word you use to describe “Amelie”?. Such a bad word.
@SI: Amelie trailer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sECzJY07oK4
Some people have their fantasies based on movies. For example: Being super rich like “Ritchie Rich”
or to be like a German soldier in “Gestapo’s last orgy” 😉 or to have super powers like Hiro Nakamura.
But for me as far as I can remember, I only fantasied to be a part of Amelie’s world. It’s such a beautiful
film, it’s not “quirky”, it’s Life. No other scenes described “Life” as best than the initial scenes of
Whenever, people get bored, they bitch around or masturbate or pray to God, but I watch “Amelie”.
Must have watched greater than 100 times. Best Cinematography ever (It was voted as the best shot movie in the last decade, including *Hollywood cinema* courtesy: American Cinematographer).
Yann Tiersen’s music for this film (which is a mixture of original + his previous released albums) is
fabulous. His music will open you to a different world of music. Folk + Chopin + Typewriter music and
would make you believe that “Accordion” is the best instrument ever invented by Man.
(Not that evocative Violin or ‘rangy’ Piano).
In short, Amelie is a visual poem.
P.S: Don’t think I’m raising your expectations too much. I knew people who didn’t like “Amelie” too.
But I observed that people who liked “Amelie” had a different world view altogether. For example:
‘World was formed by chance’.
P.S for P.S: Jean Pierre Jeunet movies barring “A very long engagement and Delicatessen (another
beauty)” are not up to the mark.
Will (most likely) get Amelie DVD tomorrow.
We might buy the soundtrack.
Also, I’ve decided that If I get married and have a daughter, her name would be “Amelie”.
No doubt about that. 🙂
P.S: don’t make an unintellligent joke that one need not get married to *produce* a daughter.
You write: don’t make an unintellligent joke that one need not get married to *produce* a daughter.
You don’t have to ‘produce’ a daughter.
You can always ‘find’ a daughter in Incredible India where millions of young girls are unwanted.
But then you’d have to have cojones to ‘find’ a daughter!
Adj. 1. quirky – informal terms; strikingly unconventional.
I loved the movie to be precise.
@SI: I will learn tips from you on how to ‘find’ a daughter and raise her without being
married in India. ( A unmarried male cannot adopt, that’s India for you).
If I get married and adopt a child, people would literally believe that I don’t have
If you’ve already adopted a Child, I’m ready to donate to you.
@vjcool: Cool. I was referring to “unpredictable” only. What I said was “Life
is like that”.
1. You write: A unmarried male cannot adopt, that’s India for you
2. You write: If you’ve already adopted a Child, I’m ready to donate to you.
No, we’ve not adopted one nor have we sired one.
Little late in the day to adopt one.
Sadly, wisdom dawned a little late in these parts. 🙁
We hope to fulfill our dreams vicariously through youngsters like you!
We harbored great hopes in Abhishek Bachchan, that he’d adopt a baby girl and inspire the nation to follow suit. Alas, that schmuck dashed our hopes!
yeah life is unconventional..
‘A very long engagement’ is also really good.. doesn’t remember much of it, but it sure was poetic.
But I would ask you to first review “Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain”(2001). Then watch
“Delicatessen” (1991). (Both are french movies. So, English subtitles is the *only* and *best* way to watch them).
You write: But I would ask you to first review “Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain”(2001).
We’re already 26-minutes into Delicatessen and on a short Ice Cream and Comment-processing break now.
Our hero has just come to the currently ‘non-bespectacled’ heroine’s place for Tea.
In any case, Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain is not on Instant Play. So, we’ll have to wait a few days for the DVD to arrive.
i need a good bolly or kolly song to get me in the mood tonight for the party at the local fort this evening for the fireworks,something as good as maarjani but without the bright colors
1. Lekar Hum from the 1970s blockbuster Yaadon ki Barat.
Neetu Singh’s thundering thighs have haunted our waking moments for the best part of three decades. 😉
2. Puli Urumbuthu from Vijay’s Vettailkaran
3. En chella peru apple from Vijay’s Pokiri
and i thought american videos were dirty (third one im talking about)!
Tamil babes are much better dancer’s than american women
Most Indians are poor dancers, wholly graceless and hideously vulgar.
BTW, the movie featuring the third video Pokiri was a big hit.
And I would repeat here, that SI liked “Pokiri”.
SI had a different reviewer those days. God-Promise!
We swear on
Murugan devoteeMurugan Idli Shop devotee Boopalan!
Puli urumudhu from Vettaikaran?
I doubt it will get him anywhere near the mood he needs. Surely, you’re drunk SI.
Drunk? No, we’ve cut down lately! 😉
actually it did the job better than shakira or j’lo could have done!
an old song
from RGV film KshanaKshanam, good movie
Not bad! Not bad at all.
Off topic :
An instance of theft from the great Maestro Ilayaraja.
Listen from 2:17. Wonder how many more tunes he ripped off.
@1012900: You need not wonder, just educate yourself.
Your instance is already in that list.
14 instances of getting inspired/reusing/being copied might be a great bunch to you, but i still think they are very very
This ilayaraja – a music machine – has composed songs for almost 800 movies (+ 100 reused//dubbed). These include
almost like 4000 original songs and BGMs. The difference between IR and other music composers (including ARR)
is IR composes for almost each and every instrument.
He does arranging. He does Orchestration. (Unlike ARR who improvises
ideas from his singers/instrumentalists or inspires singers/instrumentalists to get ideas or just composes melodies
and leaves the arranging to some other people). (That is reason people say there is no freedom in IR studio, because
everything he has already written down. People should just execute it).
Out of all this stuff people could find 14 songs. The ratio is 14/4000 songs. And all his BGMs are original.
Let me explain these 14 songs.
The first song is an exchange. There are 2 songs which are taken from ‘Sound of Music’ for the same director in different
years. Few are taken from Western Classical works which are not called “ripped off”.
The famous Micheal Nyman piece http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_%28composition%29
takes the musical phrase from 16th century baroque music. But people don’t accuse micheal nyman of plagiarism?
Listen to both and see if that is indeed is not a plagiarsim. It’s not just a musical phrase as mentioned in the Wiki,
without that musical phrase Memorial would have not been what it has been.
IR is a music composer whose head would be filled with music all the time. Some times composers unknowingly
produce a song which resembles the ones already created by other composers. (IR sometimes asks his son Karthik
Raja if the tune he created has been done by a person before, because KR seems to have good memory. If KR
says it’s like BoneyM, he would drop the song and create a new tune).
Sometimes musicians try to pay homage to their famous composers. So you may never know if they are intended
I’m not exactly defending that IR didn’t copy songs, I’m saying that barring a 1 or 2 (for which I need explanation
from his mouth alone) all other cases look like homage/inspiration/reuse.
I infact believe that he should have been born in some other country other than stupid Tamil Nadu or stupid India,
because you know how much we paid for this song?
Almost Nil. Indians don’t buy cassettes/CDs/mp3 but they do pirate stuff. Pirating is another form of theft.
So these artists create stuff and stuff we indians pirate the stuff. That is the respect we give to IR and some similar
Listening to Uravugal Thodarkathai in the background.
Music is quite inexpensive these days.
99-cents for a nice track on iTunes is hardly expensive. Most Indian songs (Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu) can be found on iTunes or Amazon for 99-cents or occasionally even for less.
“You need not wonder, just educate yourself”. gatham katham !
Super Twig :))
And how much would they have paid for this song :
“En Gaanam Engu Arangerum” sung by himself & Jensy from Eera Vizhi Kaaviyangal
And about Bbuddah …. the critics and reviews sound quite “scientific” these days.
But people (like me) still like “exploitation” movies, which the critics don’t care about. Bbuddah is once such genre … A surprise film “Aranya Gandam” quenched my thirst. Don’t know how long I got to wait to see another movie like Bbuddah & Aranya Kandam (but don’t compare them … the later is brilliant while Bbuddha is sound).
First i thought it was Ilaiyaraja then I realized it was Deva – the composer of Film Annamalai, I mean.
Deva too has many instances of direct-lifting.
I was listening to Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, and suddenly it struck that part of the track formed the start of this annamalai song.
Beethoven: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4IRMYuE1hI (listen from 2:03 to 2:21)
Listened to both.