Rajeev Barnwal

Movie Review
BESHARAM:Naa Story Ka Moh, Naa Critiques Ka Bhay

The Dabangg director is back with another film titled around its main lead’s defining characteristic. This time the hero is ‘besharam’ who indulges in gestures and mannerism teenage boys often get scolded for. He is unashamed of his profession too, claiming ostensibly that being an orphan he did not have any other career choice but to become a car-thief! The entire script (Rajeev Barnwal and Abhinav Kashyap) is written the exact way this convenient explanation is cooked up. It’s evident that writer-director Abhinav Kashyap had only front-row audiences in mind while making Besharam and thus, he sidelined all the elements which a critique might want to look for in a movie, including a credible story. 

Somewhere in Chandigarh there is an evil man Chandel (Javed Jaffrey) who deals in black money and shoots cops with rocket launchers. Cut to Delhi where Babli (Ranbir Kapoor), an over-confident young lad, steals a car with his sidekick Titu (Amitosh Nagpal) and gets chased by inspector Chulbul Chautala (Rishi Kapoor) and head-constable Bulbul Chautala (Neetu Singh). Somewhere else in Delhi Tara (Pallavi Sharddha) buys a new luxury car to suit her status. These paperboard characters inhabit the flimsy world of this insipid blend of the dramaturgy of the 60’s (with a plot which draws heavily from Brahmachari, 1968) and the tawdriness of the modern-day ‘masala’ movies. But the lack of innocence which beams from Shammi Kapoor’s face in Brahmachari reduces Besharam to a lifeless replica. 

Last time, it all seemed to have worked for Abhinav Kashyap, in Dabangg, but here it only results in banality. Babali steals Tara’s car which reaches Chandel and now he has to steal it again because, well, the writers think that should be the plan. No questions asked; like – Why, owing to his bluntness, Babali would not request Chandel for an exchange? Why Tara would not inform police after she has located her car? Why, in the first place, the same car is supposed to be acquired making Babali risk everybody’s life instead thinking of repaying Tara with another brand new car? Why would Tara, a sophisticated bank manager, endorse the idea of stealing her own car over bribing the police officers? If she is so morally upright, would not she choose a lesser evil when the situation arises? Why would she fall in love with Babali just by seeing him re-steal her car? 

There is a glaring lack of a strong conflict as Besharam’s wafer-thin storyline does not leave any scope for substantial drama to surface. The screenplay tries to patch-up its follies by creating stretched out comic scenes which, at best, are like cherries on a cake devoid of actual cream. At the top of that, there are too many songs used as fillers serving no purpose to the story and thus, Besharam ends up being a low-quality mindless film which only tries to string together songs, dance and comic sequences. 

Clearly, coming up with a convincing storyline wasn’t the priority here. Making a film which would stay in public memory for long wasn’t a concern either. There are manufactured redundant emotional moments which try to balance the heavy doses of toilet humor running throughout the film, but they fail to sensitize. 

Ranbir Kapoor tries to pump life into Besharam and succeeds only till a point. It’s nice to see the pairing of Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh but they are only used to implant some gawky jokes. Almost every conversation in the film is bluntly informative, occasionally awkward or stretched out for no reason. Over all, the film remains mildly amusing, extremely phony and quite boring. 

There is nothing wrong with Abhinav Kashyap’s intention to churn out a simplistic family entertainer but he should realize that an imaginative script, with a solid conflict and convincing characters, is an uncompromising factor. One just can’t get away with half a dozen slightly funny jokes and a stellar star-cast as that is not the kind of ‘entertainment-recipe’ which everybody will savor. 

Watch Besharam if you had, somehow, really liked the promos or if you must see a film which shames the era of the 60’s. 

   Dinkar Sharma


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