Bachelor Party (2012 film)

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Bachelor Party
Bachelor Party - Amal Neerad.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed by Amal Neerad
Produced by Amal Neerad
V. Jayasurya
Screenplay by Santhosh Echikkanam
Unni. R
Story by Johnnie To (uncredited)
Starring Indrajith
Rahman
Kalabhavan Mani
Asif Ali
Vinayakan
Nithya Menen
Prithviraj
Music by Rahul Raj
Cinematography Amal Neerad
Edited by Vivek Harshan
Production
  company
Amal Neerad Productions
Distributed by August Cinema
Release date(s)
  • 15 June 2012 (2012-06-15)
Running time 120 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam

Bachelor Party is a 2012 Malayalam–language Indian action film directed, co-produced and filmed by Amal Neerad. The film stars Indrajith, Rahman, Kalabhavan Mani, Vinayakan in the lead roles with Asif Ali and Nithya Menen while Prithviraj makes a guest appearance, and Padmapriya and Remya Nambeesan appear in musical item numbers. The film's screenplay is by noted authors Unni. R and Santhosh Echikkanam while the original music and background score are composed by Rahul Raj.[1]

The film released on 15 June 2012, to mixed reviews.[2][3][4][5][6] Its plot is adapted from Johnnie To's Exiled, a 2006 Hong Kong action film.[7] Though released to mixed reviews, the film was profitable according to Neerad.[8]

Plot[edit]

Former mobster Tony (Asif Ali) lives quietly with his wife, Neethu (Nithya Menon), and his newborn child in a nondescript villa, having turned over a new leaf. But vengeful underworld don Prakash Kamath (John Vijay) - whom Tony and friends once tried to assassinate - has dispatched a pair of his henchmen to cut that peaceful existence short. Once arrived, gangsters Ayyappan (Kalabhavan Mani) and Fakeer (Vinayakan) find a second pair-Benny (Rahman) and Geevarghese (Indrajith)- determined to protect Tony. After a brief showdown, the whole group comes to an uneasy truce, lay their weapons down and bond over dinner-after all, these men grew up together.

Reunited and searching for a way to save Tony, they visit a fixer called Chettiyar (Ashish Vidyarthi). Chettiyar gives the gang two options – the job of killing a businessman who is Kamath's rival or looting a large quantity of foreign currency being transported. The Gang chooses the first option, and Tony makes them promise that if anything happens to him, his wife and son will be looked after.

As fixed, the gang meets up at a cinema where the target businessman is about to strike a deal. However, Kamath crashes in as the second party of the deal, as Chettiyar had double-crossed the friends. Kamath recognising Ayyappan and others, openly chastises and humiliates Tony, culminating in Tony shooting Kamath. A gunfight erupts in the theatre, with Kamath and Tony being shot. The rival businessman, cornered by Kamath's men, comes to an agreement to share territory and profits, further agreeing to kill the gang of friends. Having narrowly escaped the theatre shootout, the friends decide to take a severely shot Tony to an underground clinic for medical assistance. After negotiating a price, the doctor operates removing the bullets from Tony. However as he is sewing up Tony's wound, there is a loud banging at the door. Having heard this, the remainder of the waiting friends hide.

The door is answered and Kamath and his men burst in, seeking help for injuries sustained in the theatre shootout. The gang of friends manages to hide the still unconscious Tony, but he wakes up and slowly gets to his feet in a trance before collapsing. The rest of the friends try to get away, but Kamath holds Tony hostage and eventually shoots him. The gang desperately tries to retrieve their critically injured friend and escape. Tony, knowing that he is near death, asks to be taken back to his wife and daughter.

Neethu, broken over her husband's death, demands to know what has happened and in her grief threatens to open fire on others. Neethu buries Tony and leaves the villa with her daughter. The reduced gang, hell-bent on taking revenge on Chettiyar and securing a livelihood for Neethu, leave in search of the currency consignment. After coming across the heavily guarded convoy carrying the notes, however, they come across another gang attacking it. They witness all the security guards being killed, bar one crack-shot (Prithviraj). The friends decide to help the guard by dispatching the rest of the gang.

The friends, appreciating the guard's fighting skills, decide to split the currency with him and drive off to a hidden dock to transport the notes to a safe haven and a new life. Meanwhile, Neethu ends up in the hands of Chettiyar and Kamath, who in turn contact the gang of friends for the money.

Ayyappan is told to meet Kamath at Chettiyar's den; otherwise Neethu and her child will be killed. Determined to protect Neethu after Tony's death, the friends agree and leave the guard at the dock with Neethu's share of the money, telling him they or she will return by dawn. Once at the meeting place, Kamath agrees to leave Neethu, but tells them Ayyappan must stay to face the consequences of not following orders. Ayyappan agrees to this deal and the remainder of the friends leave with Neethu. However as they leave, Geevarghese informs Neethu of the boat and the guard and tells her to drive there. With Neethu safe the greatly outnumbered friends open fire. In the resulting gunfight, all are killed. As the friends lie dying they all smile knowing they have kept their promise to Tony.

As the credits roll, all dead gangsters meet up in Hell for a sing-and-dance.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Amal Neerad says the film was inspired particularly from Sin City, a graphic novel that was turned into a film of the same name.[10] Before the release of the film, when shooting was still in progress, when some promotional posters released, there were accusations that the film was an adaptation of The Hangover but Amal Neerad has denied this saying that the film has nothing in common with the Hollywood flick apart from the few boys-will-be-boys scenes. "Bachelor Party's nothing similar to The Hangover. The flick might have few boys-will-be-boys, raunchy scenes, but that doesn't mean it only targets the male audience. It has all elements of an entertainer and like its title suggests, it is about a bunch of bachelors having a blast," says the director.[11] However, the film turned out to be an unacknowledged copy of Exiled, the Hong Kong action crime drama film produced and directed by Johnnie To in 2006.[12]

Genre[edit]

Amal Neerad combined elements from several different film genres into the film, notably spy, action, thriller, comedy, and musical. The film is also a road movie that takes place over three days. Amal Neerad says the film "could be called an action comedy, but it is tough to include it in a particular genre." He adds that "it is a travelogue that involves the journey of some friends but I won't call it a road movie either."[13]

Soundtrack[edit]

Bachelor Party
Soundtrack album by Rahul Raj
Released 20 May 2012
Recorded 2012
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 17:46
Language Malayalam
Label Mathrubhumi Music
Producer Rahul Raj
Rahul Raj chronology
Oh My Friend
(2011)
Bachelor Party
(2012)
Kili Poyi
(2013)

All music is composed, arranged and programmed by Rahul Raj. The lyrics are penned by Rafeeq Ahammed. The audio was released on 20 May 2012 in a grand function at Kochi. Much before the release of the film; the soundtrack became a sensational superhit across the state and met with high critical acclaim.[14]

"Britney Spears meets Kathakali!"-That's what Rahul Raj calls the music of Bachelor Party. "Director Amal Neerad is known for the stylish treatment he brings onscreen. And here I was, wanting to do something new in M'wood. Amal wanted something fresh in the music department and I've tried my best to bring it in," says Rahul. The singers for Bachelor Party include established names like Shreya Ghoshal, besides "fresh voices for fresh tunes" including Kuttappan master of the Thayillam folk song group, and singer Sunil Mathai, whom the composer calls the "Kailash Kher of Mollywood". Remya Nambeesan also sang one of the songs.[15]

No. Title Singers Length
1. "Karmukilil"   Shreya Ghoshal, Nikhil Mathew 4:07
2. "Vijana Surabhi"   Remya Nambeesan, Kalamandalam Kolathapally, K. M. Udayan 4:01
3. "Bachelor Life"   Sunil Mathai 3:28
4. "Kappa Kappa"   C. J. Kuttappan, Sunil Mathai, Resmi Sateesh, Sricharan 3:06
5. "We Don't Give a Fcuk ("Kick" of Bachelor Party)"   Rahul Raj ft. Majestic(Rap) 1:12
Total length:
17:46

References[edit]

  1. ^ "First Look: After Anwar, it is Bachelor Party". The Times of India. 18 February 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Review: Bachelor Party is unbearable – Rediff.com Movies". Rediff.com. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Movie Review:Bachelor Party". Sify.com. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Bachelor Party Review – Malayalam Movie Review by Veeyen". Nowrunning.com. 15 June 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Bachelor Party (15 June 2012). "Review: Bachelor Party | MOVIERAGA". Movieraga.indulekha.com. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "ബാച്ച്ലര്‍പാര്‍ട്ടിയും പൂവന്‍കോഴികളും". Nalamidam. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Mangalam". Mangalam. 1 January 1980. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "I don't regret making Bachelor Party: Amal Neerad - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 13 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Amal Neerad gears up for Bachelor Party". The Times Of India. 3 December 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "It's party time"
  11. ^ "Bachelor Party is not similar to The Hangover: Amal Neerad"
  12. ^ "Bachelor Party – Slow Motion World"
  13. ^ "Amal Neerad: I believe in show business"
  14. ^ "Music Director Rahul Raj on his movie "Bachelor Party"". YouTube. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Usthad Hotel and Bachelor Party songs are a hit"

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