Bajatey Raho Review: Con Caper That Dithers

| July 26, 2013 | 0 Comments


To make a congame into an exciting and thrilling film, one needs an innovative streak.Khosla Ka Ghosla had the twists, tongue-in-cheek humour and surprisingly, an emotional quotient that was so much in synch with our psyche.Special 26 had twists and humour.

Bajatey Raho has all the necessary ingredients required to setup a con-thriller. It has the essential emotional motivation too but it lacks that zing which comes with one-liners and interesting characterisations. Mrs Baweja aka Dolly Ahluwalia loses her honest husband to the machinations of a scheming employer-banker Mr Sabharwal (Ravi Kishen). Dolly Ahluwalia teams up with her son Tusshaar,his jugaadu friend Ranvir Shorey, and Vinay Pathak whose wife as a bank employee has borne the brunt of the scam, to avenge the wrong done to her husband and redeem his honour.

The milieu is Delhi. Now there is this overdose of Delhi lingo of late.From Yeh Saali Zindagi,Chalo Dilli,DelhiBelly, Ladies vs Ricky Behl, Rockstar to more recent Fukrey one has got the taste of Delhi in all its shades and sleaze. Though Akshay Verma’s dialogues are effective but they lack that sharpness except for Ranvir Shorey’s(with a Tintin getup)outbursts and oneliners that bring a smile.

The beauty of a con-drama lies in the modus operandi and the type of con carried out. As it was in Special 26. The more brazen it is the more exciting it becomes. This is unfortunately not the case with Bajatey Raho where the pace also drops considerably post interval.

Shashank Shah (earlier films Dasvidaniya,Chalo Dilli) though has in him to tickle a funny bone but here he is on a trodden path and has been unable to come up with cracker of a film.

The performances here are essentially of moderate standards. Still Ravi Kishen, Dolly Ahluwalia, Ranvir Shorey and Brajinder Kalia are cut above the rest.Kanwaljit Gill who endeared as Dadi in Vicky Donor is totally wasted as Nani here.

Though Bajatey Raho here has a different connotation of giving back to your tormentor hard, it does not bring the equivalent rewards to the audience. Overall there is nothing new to hoot and drum about.

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Dhieraj Mohan is Hindi cinema's keen observer. With earnest interest in its dynamics and constantly changing milieu he revels in dwelling on the discrepancies, idiosyncrasies,contradictions,masala and the formula that defines Bollywood.He is a poet and a screenwriter too,who simply adores Hindi cinema's chameleon like traits.

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