Sunday, January 07, 2007

Bhaagam Bhag

Direction: Priyadarshan

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Lara Dutta, Arbaaz Khan, Govinda, Paresh Rawal

Plot: Two lecherous, scheming lead artists of a drama troupe are forced to look for a temporary heroine of their play in London. One of them Akshay manages to find Lara Dutta, but everyone soon realizes that the girl comes with a lot of baggage and the plot changes to a murder mystery in the second half.

During the course of the action, an idiotic drug dealer and his stooges mistake our protagonists to be undercover agents and that adds to another line of confusion. The search for a heroine creates a tussle with Shakti Kapoor’s Guru, whose goons also add to the action.

Rajpal Yadav as the friendly cab driver who gets a bad deal steals the show whenever he is there with his with knowing smiles (you just gotta see how he instructs Govinda the way to pick up desi girls in ) and quirks.

The movie is an amazing mix of situational comedy and few well timed one liners. The coming timing of Akshay is simply stupendous and Govinda when given the chance does well(he is given the role of a dehati here and eases through it, the comic timing and the dances are all still there) and Paresh does his now patented ‘bumbling’ idiot gig very well. Lara Dutta looks good, says the right things and does not prove too much of a distraction. It’s an out and out Akshay movie with the rest of the actors played their parts perfectly.

The movie starts off with ‘pyaar ka signal’ with ‘oh so sexy’ tanushree dutta matching paces with Akshay and Govinda. Some beginning that. The only negative of the movie is that the second half is stretched by atleast 20 mins and you start yawning as the jokes get repetitive. Maybe some editing there and you could well have one of the best comedies of the year.

Rating: 6/10

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