Rating : 1/5 Stars
Star Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Pallavi Sharda, Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor
Director: Abhinav Kashyap
YouthTimes Verdict: In all, Besharam fails to achieve the intended humour and is so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness. Stay away, it’s difficult to sit through!
Besharam Review: Story/Synopsis
The film is about Babli (Ranbir Kapoor), a shameless, street smart car mechanic living in a Delhi orphanage. He is charming and lives life to the fullest. He also steals cars to support his orphanage. He has no sense of right or wrong till he unwittingly hurts the love of his life, Tara (Pallavi Sharda) and is chased by cop couple Chulbul Chautala (Rishi Kapoor) and Bulbul Chautala (Neetu Kapoor). Realizing that there is no right way of doing the wrong thing, Babli sets out to fix all the wrongs in his life.
I remember a couple of years ago, when asked as to when will Rishi and Ranbir Kapoor appear in a film together, Rishi Kapoor responded by saying, “The script has to be really very special!”. Only because of this statement of his, I was looking forward to seeing BESHARAM, notwithstanding its absolutely unimpressive teasers and songs. If this is what he meant by ‘special’, we’d rather like to see them individually in separate films.
This film engenders so many questions. Why would Ranbir Kapoor do a film, that’s neither formulaic, nor is anywhere close to his usual choice of content driven cinema? Why would Rishi Kapoor do a film so lousy, after so many memorable performances in the last 2 years? Why would Abhinav Kashyap create a film so unappealingly different, with no sense to back it up either? Also, why would the director cast such an ordinary leading lady alongwith such a high profile cast, especially when she isn’t a great actor either?
You fail to understand what the makers set out for when they started on this project. As a comedy it’s a failure, as a drama, it misses content, and as a mindless Bollywood masala mishmash it’s totally boring. The songs too are totally uninspiring. Yes, the scenes remind you of the old-world Bollywood, but the problem is that the film doesn’t even manage to improve on it technically. The script is a complete mess.
Besharam Review: Script Analysis
The problem lies neither in the lack of a cohesive script, nor in its pointless proceedings, but in the complete deficiency of entertainment that makes you grouch more times than one, especially seeing the tremendous performers being harnessed here. The look and feel is of very poor quality and the intent is totally ambiguous.
Besharam Review: Star Performance
The performances suffer due to the poorly defined characters. Ranbir Kapoor is vivacious and is reminiscent of Bachchan of the 70’s and 80’s action comedies. But with such a tiring screenplay, his act seems laboured and unriveting. But the panache with which he carries the shameless, unabashed devil-may-care attitude reflects his true abilities. Rishi Kapoor on the other hand is wasted in a very inconsequential role. He is fantastic but his character too is so ill-defined that you hardly enjoy his presence. Neetu Singh is average and the debutant Pallavi Sharda hardly comes across as a leading lady. Javed Jaffrey as the dreaded goon is yet another stupid creation of the maker.
Besharam Review: Final Verdict
In all, Besharam fails to achieve the intended humour and is so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness. Stay away, it’s difficult to sit through!