Reviewer's Summary - Below Par|
Actors: Abhishek Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Riteish Deshmukh, Nana Patekar, Boman Irani
Director: Rohan Sippy
Producer: Ramesh Sippy
Story & Screenplay: Shridhar Raghavan
Music: Vishaal & Shekhar, Trickbaby, Arash, Aneela Mirza, Sameeruddin
Dialogs: Rajat Arora
With the much anticipated Bluffmaster, Abhishek Bachchan cements his well earned reputation as the flopmaster of Bollywood.
Inspired by the 2000 Argentinian film Nueve Reinas (Nine Queens), Bluffmaster features Abhishek Bachchan as Roy Kapoor, a con man par excellence in love with the honest and sincere Simmi Ahuja (Priyanka Chopra). However slick Roy may be in his craft, his past catches up with him at his engagement ceremony with Simmi.
A shattered Simmi doesn't want anything to do with Roy after discovering his true character. Roy is very dejected too by the turn of events since in his world of deceit and betrayal, Simmi is the only decent and real currency.
At this low period in his life, Roy bumps into Aditya Srivastav a.k.a Dittu (Riteish Deshmukh), a con guy as crude in his job as Roy is slick.
Roy takes Dittu under his wings and just as he is teaching him the finer points of conning people, discovers that he has advanced brain tumor with no hope of a cure. As the bluffmaster ponders the strange twist of fate and his inability to con death, the movie continues its inexorable decline into beyond salvage territory.
Released on December 16, 2005, Bluffmaster starts off on a fairly decent note but careens downhill soon after. There are too many culprits here - the poorly crafted story, below average music and so-so acting by Abhishek Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra.
But the biggest villain of this flop is the story. Unlike the Spanish film Nueve reinas, Bluffmaster is not tightly written and just not gripping enough after the first 20 minutes.
Another weakness of Bluffmaster is the passionless performances of two of the lead players. Pretty face Priyanka Chopra is just a pretty face. Don't look for great histrionics from her. She lacks the acting depth of her peers like Rani Mukerji or Vidya Balan. Ditto for Abhishek Bachchan, who despite his long exposure to the film industry as the son of two top artistes lacks the intensity that Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Shahrukh Khan, Amir Khan and Saif Ali Khan routinely bring to their roles in even their worst films.
Although Riteish Deshmukh is all right, he is no patch on Gaston Pauls, who plays the role of Juan, the junior member of the con team in Nueva Reinas. Ricardo Darin, who plays Marcos in the Spanish film, is also miles ahead of Abhishek Bachchan.
Great songs are a sine qua non of most blockbuster Hindi films. Bollywood classics from Aradhana to Bobby to Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge have delivered fine, memorable music that have stood the test of time. Bluffmaster fails to deliver in the music department despite assembling an international array of artistes. With the exception of Sabse Bada Rupaiyya, the songs in Bluffmaster are below average. - Copyright SearchIndia.com.