Babumoshai Bandookbaaz, scripted by Ghalib Asad Bhopali, may seem authentic in terms of its location and lingo, but its plot is riddled with holes the size of craters. Even the ever-dependable Nawazuddin Siddiqui, hard pressed to pump life into the poorly conceived titular character of a cold-blooded contract killer, can do little to salvage the film. The story never quite takes off. The film is alive largely because of Nawaz’s acting skills that tower above everyone else. As the lead actor in Babumoshai Bandookbaaz, this was expected of him. And Nawaz does not disappoint. What disappoints is the script of the film. The story is riddled with plot holes the size of craters.
Babumoshai Bandookbaaz feels long and stretched. If last year’s Freaky Ali, in which Nawazuddin played the lighthearted lead role of a poor drifter-turned-gangster-turned-golfer with customary flair, didn’t measure up to his talent, Babumoshai Bandookbaaz fares much worse. It whips up plenty of heat and dust and packs rustic romance, love, lust, betrayal, doses of black humor and a great deal of carnage into its tenuous two hours. The characters turn upon each other like hungry hounds baying for blood. Logic is torn to shreds in the bargain. Bidita Bag makes a fair fist of her first Bollywood lead role. Jatin Goswami, too, makes his presence felt. Another proven actor who finds herself hard done by amid the mayhem is Divya Dutta.
In the end, all I want to say is ‘Cut this Crap’, watch it if you want to, Or else you can always sit home, turn on to Netflix and just chill. Stop reading review clichés.