Bol Bachchan

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Bol Bachchan
Bol Bachchan.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRohit Shetty
Written byScreenplay:
Yunus Sajawal
Story byRohit Shetty
Based onGol Maal
by Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Produced byAjay Devgn
Dhillin Mehta
StarringAbhishek Bachchan
Ajay Devgn
Prachi Desai
Krishna Abhishek
Neeraj Vora
Archana Puran Singh
Edited bySteven H. Bernard
Music byOriginal Soundtrack:
Himesh Reshammiya
Guest Composers:
Background Score:
Amar Mohile
Distributed byFox Star Studios
Release date
  • July 6, 2012 (2012-07-06) (India)
Running time
155 minutes[1]
Budget50 crore (US$6.3 million)
Box office165 crore (US$21 million)

Bol Bachchan is a 2012 Indian Hindi-language action comedy film directed by Rohit Shetty and produced by Ajay Devgn & Dhillin Mehta under Ajay Devgn FFilms and Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Limited respectively, with Fox Star Studios serving as distributor and presenter. Based on a script by writers Yunus Sajwal and Farhad-Sajid and a story by Shetty, it stars Abhishek Bachchan as the titular character, with Ajay Devgn, Asin, Prachi Desai, Krushna Abhishek, Neeraj Vora and Archana Puran Singh,[2] and is loosely based on the 1979 Hrishikesh Mukherjee classic Gol Maal. It is also Abhishek and Ajay's third collaboration after Zameen and Yuva.

Himesh Reshammiya composed the film's soundtrack with Ajay–Atul as guest composers on a dance number, with Amar Mohile composing the score.[3] The trailer was launched on 24 May 2012.[4] Bol Bachchan made a new record through advance ticket booking, and was released in cinemas on 6 July 2012, with a runtime of 155 minutes and an investment of 50 crore (US$6.3 million).[5] The film marks the last collaboration between Shetty and Vora, as the latter died 5 years after the film's release.

Earning over 1 billion (US$13 million) net from domestic markets and more than 235 crore (US$29 million) worldwide, Bol Bachchan became a critical and commercial success and was remade in Telugu as Masala in 2013.[6]


Abbas Ali "Abhishek Bachchan" lives in Delhi with his sister Sania. When their ancestral property is taken from them by deception, Abbas loses his job. Their father's family friend, Shastri, 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 place. Prithviraj is a powerful and kindhearted man who hates liars and punishes them harshly. Abbas and Sania arrive at Ranakpur and meet Abbas's friend and Shastri's son Ravi 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 and archenemy Vikrant Raghuvanshi hold sway. The temple, being at the border of the two villages, is a disputed property and has been locked up for years. The long-standing enmity between the cousins even goes on to disrupt the construction of a power plant project in Ranakpur.

The plot begins when a child falls into the well of the temple and Abbas breaks the temple's lock to save the child. When Prithviraj arrives at the scene, Ravi tells him that Abbas's name is Abhishek Bachchan to avoid any religious tensions that might result from the fact that a Muslim broke into a Hindu temple. Prithviraj hires Abhishek Bachchan (Abbas) and becomes very happy with his work. Soon, Ravi and his friends have to devise a new plan when Prithviraj spots Abbas celebrating Eid and wearing the traditional garb of a Muslim. Abbas and the others convince Prithviraj that the one celebrating Eid was actually Abhishek's twin brother, from another mother, 'Abbas', an effeminate man and classical Kathak dancer. Things get worse for Abbas and Ravi when Prithviraj kindly hires Abbas to teach Kathak to his sister Radhika. Abbas tells Radhika the truth, who promises to keep it a secret. Prithviraj's sidekick Maakhan suspects Abbas when he sees him watching Gol Maal because the movie has many similarities with the drama Abbas is playing. However, Abbas manages to escape from the suspicion when Prithviraj beats Maakhan for trying to remove Abbas's mustache. Prithviraj notices that Abbas (the dancer) is in love with Radhika. Prithviraj teams with Abhishek (unknowing that he is also Abbas) to find Abbas when Radhika is missing, who is in fact kidnapped by Vikrant and the duo saves her. Impressed by Abhishek, Prithviraj fixes his marriage with Radhika and Prithviraj's marriage with Sania, as she resembles his late love, Apeksa, who died in an accident four years ago. But at last, when Abbas decides to reveal the truth, Prithviraj learns the truth from Maakhan, and presents it in a stage play. In a madly chase, Prithviraj gets on the edge of a mountain and Abbas almost falls while trying to save his life. At last, Abbas explains his situation and promises never to lie again.


Comparisons with Gol Maal[edit]

The plot and the characters of the film are based on the 1979 comedy film Gol Maal.

Gol Maal Bol Bachchan Character
Utpal Dutt Ajay Devgn Suspecting boss
Amol Palekar Abhishek Bachchan Protagonist, Twin brothers (one with the moustache and one clean-shaven)
Manju Singh Asin Protagonist's sister
Bindiya Goswami Prachi Desai Protagonist's love interest
Deven Verma Krishna Abhishek Protagonist's friend
Dina Pathak Archana Puran Singh Twin sisters


The film was originally expected for a Diwali 2011 release, though was postponed to 2012.[7] 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 the 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.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10] The film has been shot at various locations,[11] including Rohit Shetty's seemingly favourite Panchgani and Chomu Palace,[12] among other locations.


Bol Bachchan
Soundtrack album by
Released6 July 2012
GenreFilm soundtrack
ProducerAjay Devgn
Himesh Reshammiya and Ajay–Atul chronology
Dangerous Ishhq
Bol Bachchan
Oh My God
Bol Bachchan
audio icon Audio Jukebox on YouTube

The music of the film was composed by Himesh Reshammiya, while the lyrics were penned by Sajid-Farhad, 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.[13] Among the songs, "Jab Se Dekhi Hai" and "Nach Le Nach Le" became moderately popular.[14]

{{Track listing |extra_column=Singers |all_music=Himesh Reshammiya, except where noted |title1=Bol Bachchan |extra1=Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Ajay Devgn
Himesh Reshammiya, Mamta Sharma, Vineet Singh |music1=Himesh Reshammiya |lyrics1=Sajid-Farhad |length1=6:00 |title2=Chalao Na Naino Se |extra2=Himesh Reshammiya, Shreya Ghoshal & Shabab Sabri |music2=Himesh Reshammiya |lyrics2=Shabbir Ahmed |length2=5:41 |title3=Nach Le |extra3=Sukhwinder Singh, Shreya Ghoshal |music3=Ajay–Atul |lyrics3=Swanand Kirkire |length3=4:43 |note3=Music by Ajay–Atul |title4=Jab Se Dheki Hai |extra4=Mohit Chauhan |music4=Himesh Reshammiya |lyrics4=Sameer |length4=4:13 |title5=Bol Bachchan Remix |extra5=Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Himesh Reshammiya, Mamta Sharma, Vineet Singh |music5=Himesh Reshammiya |lyrics5=Farhad-Sajid |length5=4:52 |note5=Remix by:DJ A.Sen and DJ Amann Nagpal |title6=Chalao Na Naino Se Remix |extra6=Himesh Reshammiya, Shreya Ghoshal & Shabab Sabri |music6=Himesh Reshammiya |lyrics6=Shabbir Ahmed |length6=5:27 |note6=Remix by:[[D.J Sheizwood DJ Sheizwood |title7=Nach Le Remix |extra7=Sukhwinder Singh, Shreya Ghoshal |music7=Ajay–Atul |lyrics7=Swanand Kirkire |length7=5:09 |note7=Remix by: DJ Gaurav |title8=Jab Se Dheki Hai Remix |extra8=Mohit Chauhan |music8=Himesh Reshammiya |lyrics8=Shabbir Ahmed |length8=4:06 |note8=Remix by:Teenu Arora | |total_length=40:11 }}


Bol Bachchan was released on 6 July 2012 in 2575 screens in India.[15] Upon release, the film received mixed critical response, but strong box office collections by the end of its first weekend. On the review aggregator website Top10Bollywood, the film scored 2.31, based on 34 reviews.[16]


Critical response[edit]

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

On the 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."[17] 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."[18] 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."[19] 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."[20] 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!".[21]

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 (1975), Abhimaan (1973) and Bawarchi (1972) 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."[22] 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 helpless laughs. Can't expect more."[23] 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."[24]

The film received some negative reviews. Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN gave the film 2 out of 5 stars and said, "Even if you're a fan of Rohit Shetty's cinema, it's unlikely your chest will become a blouse over this one!"[25] 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."[26] 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."[27] 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."[28] Anupama Chopra of Hindustan Times gave the film 2 out of 5 stars and said, "There is no attempt at plotting, storytelling, delineating a character, building coherence or following logic. Shetty’s only agenda is to give you a good time."[29] 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."[30] 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 the 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."[31]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards Category Recipients and Nominees Results
Screen Awards Best Comedian Abhishek Bachchan Won
Stardust Awards Best Actor - Comedy or Romance Won
Zee Cine Awards Best Comedian Won
Power Club - Box Office Award Rohit Shetty
Best Dialogue Farhad Samji and Sajid Nominated
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor in a Comic Role Abhishek Bachchan Won
Producers Guild Film Awards Best Comedian Won
Krishna Abhishek Nominated
Times of India Film Awards Best Comedian Abhishek Bachchan Won
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Performance in a Comic Role Won
Bollywood Hungama Surfers Choice Movie Awards Best Comedian Won

Box office[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.[32] Bol Bachchan collected around 113 million (US$1.4 million) nett on its first day.[33] Bol Bachchan had a good jump on Sunday as it grossed around 148 million (US$1.9 million) nett for a 380 million (US$4.8 million) nett weekend.[34] The film collected 60 million (US$750,000) on Monday.[35] Bol Bachchan has come into its own on Tuesday with strong collections of around 57.5 million (US$720,000) nett and a total of 500 million (US$6.3 million) nett in five days.[36] Bol Bachchan has had a good first week and collected 600 million (US$7.5 million) nett. The first week collections of Bol Bachchan are better than Singham but less than Golmaal 3.[37] Bol Bachchan collected around 32.5 million (US$410,000) nett on its second Friday. It is 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 630 million (US$7.9 million) nett in eight days.[38] Bol Bachchan crossed the 750 million (US$9.4 million) nett mark in ten days as it grossed 148 million (US$1.9 million) nett approx over the weekend.[39] Bol Bachchan grossed around 223 million (US$2.8 million) nett in its second week taking its two-week total to 830 million (US$10 million) nett.[40] Bol Bachchan grossed 97.5 million (US$1.2 million) nett approx in week three,thus taken its total to 928 million (US$12 million).[41] Bol Bachchan had grossed 1 billion (US$13 million) at the end of its run in domestic market.[42] Its final distributor share was around 528 million (US$6.6 million).[43]


Bol Bachchan had a decent opening overseas of around $2 million. UAE was good as comedy films do better in that market.[44] Bol Bachchan has grossed 207 million (US$2.6 million) in 17 days.[45] Finally, the film netted US$4 million overseas.[46][47]

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