Movie Review: Bunty Aur Babli 2
The second part of the iconic film Bunty Aur Babli is finally here! We had waited for over a decade to see Bunty and Babli create their magic on the silver screen; however, after watching Bunty Aur Babli 2, you’d say: “Reebok nahi toh, Reebuk hi sahi?”
Well, this kind of Bunty-Babli sequel was uncalled for, and after going through the experience, the fatigue has already started kicking in.
In the first half of the film, it seems like the director took all the time in the world to get the balls rolling; however, in the second half, things start looking a little better but eventually hits rock bottom yet again. As they say, too much mixing leaves no aftertaste, and that’s exactly what happens with Bunty Aur Babli 2. Playing with an iconic film can be tricky and the second part helmed by Varun V Sharma indeed doesn’t create any charm. In fact, as a viewer, you are too busy comparing the sequel with the original one.
While you might enter the theatre craving to see the much-awaited installment but you’d come out longing for the original, just like a therapy of what you just went through. Though we crave for the familiar Rani Mukherjee’s short kurtis and Rani-Abhishek jodi, Saif Ali Khan still manages to set the tone for the iconic Bunty-Babli jodi on-screen. The new entrants, Siddhant Chaturvedi and Sharvari, did not really fit in this Bunty Babli ‘con’ universe. Meanwhile, the one who shines in this dull movie with terrible wigs and laboured accents is the original Babli (Vimmy Saluja), aka Rani Mukherjee.
Trying hard to save a sinking boat, Rani Mukherjee is loud and funny, bringing back a ton of nostalgia about the iconic film. It’s a blessing to see that director Varun V Sharma did not try to add or alter anything about Vimmy’s character, and Rani essays the iconic role with all her heart and soul. Taking over Abhishek Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan does a decent job and not to complain; it’s refreshing to watch Rani Mukherjee and Saif Ali Khan together after a long, long time!
To sum up, only Rani Mukherjee and Pankaj Tripathi save the 138-minute Bunty Aur Babli 2, so buy the tickets only to watch them!
Check out the Bunty Aur Babli 2 trailer here: