Double Deol, Double Duh!

Sunny Deol and comedy are not usually uttered in the same breath, in spite of some diversions the always angry star has taken in films like Yamla Pagla Deewana and Poster Boys. So here he is, in the incredibly silly Bhaiaji Superhittt, trying to do a Munnabhai, with his own circuit in tow—Arshad Warsi, only called Goldie Kapoor. Neerraj Pathak’s film was so long in the making that the leading ladies are Preity Zinta and Ameesha Patel.

Deol plays the titular Bhaiaji Dubey, a Benaras don, who spends much of his time beating up people, or, believe it or not, wrecking a building by just clicking a ballpoint pen.  He wants to win his fiery wife Sapna (Preity Zinta) back after she has left him in a fit of jealousy. He gets boastful but failed filmmaker Goldie (Warsi) to make a movie on his love story. Shreyas Talpade plays a luckless writer Tarun Porno Ghosh, introduced as “he is nobody, he is the writer;” Ameesha Patel is, Mallika, the narcissistic actress. And snapping on Bhaiaji’s heels is his rival Helicopter Mishra (Jaideep Ahlawat).

Considering the time it took to complete, and continuity going off in quite few places, it’s a wonder that the actors managed to keep up their high spirits and the film packs quite a lot of comic talent –Sanjay Mishra, Vijay Raaz, Pankaj Tripathi, Brijendra Kala and of course Warsi, for whom nothing is too lowbrow. The director just has to let the cast loose over the film, and between them they do manage to get a few laughs. Making a spoofy comedy on filmmaking and the clichéd traditions of B-movie-making is low-hanging fruit. It looks like a lot of the tomfoolery is adlibbed, so one can only imagine what could have been accomplished if the actors had actually been given a coherent script and truly funny lines.  As if one was not bad enough, Sunny Deol has a double role! He has parodied himself enough, about time he did something to rescue his flailing career. Last week’s Mohalla Assi was a brave step for him, maybe he should keep trying till he gets a role with a perfect fit.

Bhaiaji Superhittt
Directed by Neerraj Pathak
Cast: Sunny Deol, Preity Zinta, Arshad Warsi, Ameesha Patel and others
Rating: 1.5 stars

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Deepa Gahlot is one of India’s seniormost and best known entertainment journalists. A National Awardwinning film critic, Deepa has watched more movies and theatre than most people in the country. An author of several books on film and theatre, she has had an extremely successful run as head of theatre and film at the National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai, during which she helped nurture several original productions. For Xyngr, Deepa Gahlot reviews theatre and cinema.