Besharam

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Romantic comedy

Besharam

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Fri Oct 4 2013

Bollywood’s enduring ability to churn out consistently bad ‘masala’ movies continues with this laughable attempt at a madcap romcom caper. Loutish car thief Babli (Ranbir Kapoor) sets out to recover a car he sold to Bheem Singh (Javed Jaffrey), a murderous money launderer, after falling in love with the stolen vehicle’s female owner Tara (Pallavi Sharda).

The main problem with this dosa-thin plot is that director Abhinav Kashyap muddles the pacing of his uninteresting story. It opens with Bheem Singh murdering some cops after a chase sequence, ending with a big explosion. It then cuts to Babli stealing a red car and being pursued unsuccessfully by two possibly corrupt middle-aged Delhi cops (played by Rishi and Neetu Kapoor, his real-life parents). Meanwhile, upwardly mobile Tara simply walks into a swanky car showroom and buys a Mercedes Benz. Babli spots Tara at a wedding and is immediately smitten as he likes ‘hot dames’.

Three forgettable songs later and forty minutes in, I kept wondering what happened to Bheem Singh from the opening credits. Worst of all is the crassness of the toilet humour here with ‘jokes’ involving erections, piles, padded underwear and the menopause. Kashyap even includes a semi-nude shower scene in which the hot A-list hero exposes his butt. Ranbir Kapoor tries his best to inject energy into his wastrel character and the film’s best moments come when he interacts with the elder Kapoors. Alas, this is not enough to save the film. The title translates as ‘shameless’: everyone involved should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.

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UK release:

Wed Oct 2, 2013

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