Bol Bachchan

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Bol Bachchan
Bol Bachchan.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Rohit Shetty
Produced by Ajay Devgn
Dhillin Mehta
Written by Sajid-Farhad (dialogues)
Screenplay by Yunus Sajawal
Story by Rohit Shetty
Starring Ajay Devgn
Asin
Abhishek Bachchan
Prachi Desai
Music by Himesh Reshammiya
Ajay-Atul
Cinematography Dudley
Edited by Steven H. Bernard
Production
  company
Fox Star Studios
Distributed by Ajay Devgn Films
Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd
Release date(s) 6 July 2012
Country India
Language Hindi

Bol Bachchan is a 2012 Bollywood romantic action comedy film. The film, made on a budget of INR700 million (US$12 million),[1] is inspired by the 1979 film, Gol Maal. Bol Bachchan's official trailer was released on 24 May 2012[2] and the film was released on 6 July 2012 in around 2575 screens worldwide with 2700 prints. It received mixed critical acclaim but had a good opening at the box office.[3] The film supposedly created a record for its advance bookings.[4][5] It was remade in Telugu as Masala with Venkatesh and Ram Pothineni reprised the roles of Ajay Devgan and Abhishek Bachchan respectively.

Plot[edit]

Abbas Ali (Abhishek Bachchan) lives in Chandni Chowk with his sister Sania (Asin Thottumkal). When they lose a case regarding their ancestral property which was taken from them by deception. Their well wisher and family friend, Shastri (Asrani), advises and convinces them to move to his village Ranakpur where he assures Abbas that he will get him a job at his boss', Prithviraj Raghuvanshi's (Ajay Devgn), place. Pritvhiraj is a powerful but kind-hearted man who hates lies and liars, and punishes them very harshly. Abbas and Sania arrive at Ranakpur and meet up with Abbas' friend Ravi (Krishna Abhishek), Shastri's son, who runs a drama company with his friends. Abbas learns that there is a temple at the border of Ranakpur and Kherwada, the village where Prithviraj's cousin Vikrant Raghuvanshi (Jeetu Varma) is powerful. The two cousins are arch enemies. The temple, being at the border of two villages, was disputed and locked for years.

The plot begins when a child falls into the well of the temple and Abbas breaks the lock of the temple to save the child. When Prithviraj arrives at the scene, Ravi tells Abbas' name as Abhishek Bachchan to Pritvhiraj, to avoid religious controversies of a temple being broken-open by a Muslim. Initially Prithviraj hires Abhishek Bachchan (Abbas) and is happy with his work, but Ravi and his friends have to come up with a new plan when Prithviraj spots Abhishek (Abbas) celebrating Eid as a Muslim. Ravi convinces Prithviraj that the one who he saw celebrating Eid was actually Abbas, an effeminate man and classical Kathak dancer. Things become worse for Abbas and Ravi when Prithviraj, actually with a kind intention, hires Abbas for teaching Kathak to his sister Radhika (Prachi Desai). How Abbas manages his dual life, by using tricks like employing Zohra (Archana Puran Singh) to be his mother Madhumati, without letting Prithviraj know forms the crux of the story.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film was originally expected for a Diwali 2011 release, though was postponed to 2012.[6] On Dussehra 2011, director Rohit Shetty who previously directed the comedy flick, Golmaal 3 (2010), did first give actor Ajay Devgn an offer for Golmaal 4, but Devgn claimed "Golmaal 4 will happen next to next year. It's necessary to have two years gap between two Golmaal films. It's not good if it comes every year." After the announcement, it was added that Bol Bachchan will be made before Golmaal 4.[7] In January 2011, it was revealed that actress Asin was roped in for the first female lead after Bipasha Basu rejected the role. Earlier, actress Genelia D'Souza was signed to play the second female lead, but due to her differences with the makers, she opted out of the project and hence the role was offered to Prachi Desai.[8]

In Jubilee Comedy Circus, Krushna Abhishek did a performance of Rohit Shetty never giving him a film role to do but having promised him in earlier seasons of the show, Rohit was so impressed by the performance, he decided to give Krushna a role in Bol Bachchan. Shetty also added co-host Archana Puran Singh from the same show to the film cast. It was revealed in the 300th episode special of Comedy Circus, where Rohit Shetty was a guest judge, that Paresh Ganatra was among the cast.[9] The film has been shot at various locations,[10] including Rohit Shetty's seemingly favourite Panchgani and Chomu Palace,[11] among other locations.

Soundtrack[edit]

Bol Bachchan
Soundtrack album by Himesh Reshammiya
Released 6 July 2012
Genre Film soundtrack
Length 170 minutes
Label T-Series
Producer Ajay Devgn
Himesh Reshammiya chronology
Dangerous Ishhq
(2012)
'Bol Bachchan
(2012)
Oh My God
(2012)

The music of the film was composed by Himesh Reshammiya while the lyrics were penned by Farhad-Sajid, Shabbir Ahmed, Swanand Kirkire and Sameer. The album was released on 7 June 2012 and included four original soundtracks along with four remix versions of the tracks. Three songs were composed by Reshammiya of which two were featured in the film and one was listed only in the album. One song, "Nach Le Nach Le", composed by Ajay-Atul was also included in the album.[12] Among the songs, "Jab Se Dekhi Hai", "Nach Le Nach Le" became moderately popular.[13]

All music composed by Himesh Reshammiya, except where noted.

No. Title Lyrics Singers Length
1. "Bol Bachchan"   Farhad-Sajid Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Ajay Devgn
Himesh Reshammiya, Mamta Sharma, Vineet Singh
5:59
2. "Chalao Na Naino Se"   Shabbir Ahmed Himesh Reshammiya & Shreya Ghoshal 5:41
3. "Nach Le" (Music by Ajay-Atul) Swanand Kirkire Sukhwinder Singh, Shreya Ghoshal 4:43
4. "Jab Se Dheki Hai"   Sameer Mohit Chauhan 4:13
5. "Bol Bachchan Remix" (Remix by:DJ A.Sen and DJ Amann Nagpal) Farhad-Sajid Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Ajay Devgn
Himesh Reshammiya, Mamta Sharma, Vineet Singh
4:52
6. "Chalao Na Naino Se Remix" (Remix by:DJ Sheizwood) Shabbir Ahmed Himesh Reshammiya & Shreya Ghoshal 5:27
7. "Nach Le Remix" (Remix by: DJ Shiva) Swanand Kirkire Sukhwinder Singh, Shreya Ghoshal 5:09
8. "Jab Se Dheki Hai Remix" (Remix by:Teenu Arora) Shabbir Ahmed Mohit Chauhan 4:06

Release[edit]

Bol Bachchan was released on 6 July 2012 in 2575 screens in India.[14] Upon release, the film received mixed critical response, but strong box office collections by the end its first weekend. On the review aggregator website Top10Bollywood, the film scored 2.31, based on 34 reviews.[15]

Critical reception[edit]

(from left to right) Prachi Desai, Abhishek Bachchan, Ajay Devgn and Asin at the release of Bol Bachchan

On positive side, Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave the film 4 out of 5 stars and said, "On the whole, Bol Bachchan is a dhamaal entertainer that has the Rohit Shetty stamp all over it. A film that pays homage to the cinema of the 1970s and 1980s, especially the ones made by Manmohan Desai. Big stars, big visuals, big entertainment, Bol Bachchan has it all."[16] Devesh Sharma of Filmfare also awarded the film 4 out of 5 stars and commented, "How we wish director Rohit Shetty had kept aside his passion of blowing up vehicles wholescale just this once. The exaggerated action scenes eat into the narrative and jar the pace. Would this film be a crowd pleaser– well yes. It's a good leave-your-brains-behind product that Shetty is famous for. There are flashes that suggest he could have gone beyond and made a more polished film but the lure of making a blockbuster proved too much, I guess. The masses would be happy but the same can't be said for the soul of Hrishikesh Mukherjee."[17] Srijana Mitra Das of Times of India gave the film 3.5 out of 5 stars and stated, "Rohit Shetty's latest movie has a constant up-and-down aspect to it, one sequence making you shriek in your seat with laughter, another sending your mind wandering off to the mundane. But at the very heart of things Shetty's madly in love with the movies and BB is his homage to that all-time classic, Golmaal."[18] Mrigank Dhaniwala of Koimoi also gave the film 3.5 out of 5 stars and concluded, "On the whole, Bol Bachchan delivers entertainment in huge dollops. For that, it will earn the love of the paying public and will have a successful run at the box-office."[19] Gaurav Malani of Times of India gave the film a positive feedback and said, "For a (pleasant) change, Rohit Shetty doesn't do Golmaal 'his' style. Rather he does Golmaal in its 'original' form and that's what creates a decent difference, making Bol Bachchan fairly entertaining!".[20]

Sukanya Verma of Rediff gave the film 2.5 out of 5 stars and stated, "Bol Bachchan is dispensable cinema, forgotten almost immediately after it's over. What I kept wondering is how does Asrani who acted in Mukerjee's acclaimed films like Chupke Chupke, Abhimaan, Bawarchi feel about working in the remake of a film where the hero wore his kurta. Don't know what I'm talking about? You deserve Bol Bachchan. But if you do, you must have already begun scouting for your copy of Gol Maal somewhere."[21] Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express gave the film 2.5 out of 5 stars and commented, "If your nosy is not turned up too high, Bol Bachchan, less blaring than your standard Rohit Shetty comedy, can give you sporadic chuckles, and a few helpess laughs. Can't expect more."[22] Vinayak Chakravorthy of India Today gave the film 2.5 out of 5 stars and concluded, "Far from being LOL stuff, Bol Bachchan ends up being Bore Bachchan, with a lame climax."[23]

The film received some negative reviews as well. Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN gave the film 2 out of 5 stars and stated, "Even if you're a fan of Rohit Shetty's cinema, it's unlikely your chest will become a blouse over this one!"[24] Blessy Chettiar of DNA India gave the film 2 out of 5 stars and commented, "If you liked the Shetty Golmaals and Singham, this review will only be bol bachchan for you. Have fun while it lasts."[25] Ananya Bhattacharya of Zee News gave the film and said, "They say what can't be cured, must be endured. Once you give in to that adage and ask your white matter to exit the theatre, you will enjoy the film. Watch 'Bol Bachchan' just for laughing."[26] Aniruddha Guha of DNA India gave the film 2 out of 5 stars and stated, "Bol Bachchan, overall, falls short of being a laugh riot in spite of having the ammunition for it. In its current form, it's best enjoyed inebriated."[27] Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV gave the film 1.5 out of 5 stars and concluded that "Bol Bachchan is a comedy so absurd that it could reduce you to tears of despair. Conversely, if you have the stomach for such rampant silliness, it might propel you into paroxysms of delight. The call is entirely yours."[28] Kunal Guha of Yahoo! India rated the movie 1 out of 5 stars and said, "Bol Bachchan (BB) jams chopsticks up the nose of Hrishikesh Mukherjee's comic classic 'Gol Maal' and digs itself six feet under with it. While the story is same in theory, being a Rohit Shetty film only adds some cars nailing somersaults, trucks attempting a ballet, baddies playing mid-air Garba after being biffed and Ajay Devgn drawing his eyebrows close enough to show that he means business."[29]

Awards[edit]

  • Winner, Screen Award for Best Comedian: Abhishek Bachchan
  • Winner, Stardust Award for Best Actor (Comedy/Romance): Abhishek Bachchan
  • Winner, Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role: Abhishek Bachchan
  • Winner, Big Star Entertainment Award for Best Actor in Comedy: Abhishek Bachchan
  • Nominated, Stardust Award for Best Breakthrough Supporting Performance (Female): Prachi Desai
  • Nominated, Stardust Award for Best Comedy Actress (Female): Asin Thottumkal
  • Nominated, Screen Awards Best Actress (Popular Choice): Asin Thottumkal

Box office[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Bol Bachchan opened better at single screens as compared to multiplexes. Single screens on average opened to around 70% mark while multiplexes were more closer to the 60% mark.[30] Bol Bachchan collected around INR113 million (US$1.9 million) nett on its first day.[31] Bol Bachchan had a good jump on Sunday as it grossed around INR148 million (US$2.5 million) nett for a INR380 million (US$6.3 million) nett weekend.[32] The film collected INR60 million (US$1.0 million) on Monday.[33] Bol Bachchan has come into its own on Tuesday with strong collections of around INR57.5 million (US$950,000) nett and a total of INR500 million (US$8.3 million) nett in five days.[34] Bol Bachchan has had a good first week and collected INR600 million (US$10 million) nett.The first week collections of Bol Bachchan are better than Singham but less than Golmaal 3.[35] Bol Bachchan collected around INR32.5 million (US$540,000) nett on its second Friday. Its a 70% drop from its first day as multiplex business was hit by the new release Cocktail but single screen business remained good. The film has collected around INR630 million (US$10 million) nett in eight days.[36] Bol Bachchan crossed the INR750 million (US$12 million) nett mark in ten days as it grossed INR148 million (US$2.5 million) nett approx over the weekend.[37] Bol Bachchan grossed around INR223 million (US$3.7 million) nett in its second week taking its two-week total to INR830 million (US$14 million) nett.[38] Bol Bachchan grossed INR97.5 million (US$1.6 million) nett approx in week three,thus taken its total to INR928 million (US$15 million).[39] Bol Bachchan had grossed INR1 billion (US$17 million) at the end of its run in domestic market.[40] Its final distributor share was around INR528 million (US$8.8 million).[41]

Overseas[edit]

Bol Bachchan had a decent opening Overseas of around $2 million. UAE was good as comedy films do better in that market.[42] Bol Bachchan has grossed INR207 million (US$3.4 million) in 17 days.[43] Finally,The film netted US$4 Million overseas.[44][45]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  12. ^ "Bol Bachchan Tracklist". HindiSongsLyrics. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  13. ^ "Bol Bachchan music review". 3/5 stars
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  15. ^ "Bol Bachchan Movie Reviews Ratings". Top 10 Bollywood. 2.5/5 stars
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  19. ^ Dhaniwala, Mrigank (6 July 2012). "Bol Bachchan Review". Koimoi. 3.5/5 stars
  20. ^ Malani, Gaurav (6 July 2012). "Bol Bachchan: Movie Review". The Times of India. 
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  24. ^ Masand, Rajeev (7 July 2012). "Masand: 'Bol Bachchan' offers genuine laughs". CNN-IBN. 2/5 stars
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  36. ^ "Bol Bachchan Second Friday Business". Box Office India. 14 July 2012. 
  37. ^ "Bol Bachchan Crosses 75 Crore in Ten Days". Box Office India. 16 July 2012. 
  38. ^ "Bol Bachchan Collects 83 Crore in Two Weeks". Box Office India. 20 July 2012. 
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  43. ^ "Cocktail $3.75 Million in Ten Days". Box Office India. 25 July 2012. 
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