Older, ostentatious and overtly-dressed are words that I feel best describe Amitabh Bachchan‘s avatar in Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap. These words come from me; a person who believes Bachchan’s charisma has been something else in his more recent years, both in films and on TV. Whilst critics of Mr Bachchan might be more than a little uncomfortable with the actor in this kind of role, I for one think it shows his versatility and brings Bollywood to a level no other actor could dream of achieving. In the same way that Delhi Belly might push cinematic boundaries, Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap may seek to do the same but in a slightly different style. Both movies officially release today and are appealing in their own way. Cinema-goers may just be split right down the middle in deciding which to see first.
Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap is about a retired gangster who returns to Mumbai in protection of his loved ones. With an eventful past and impressive moves that grab the attention of even the most suspecting souls, Vijju (Bachchan) is a charmer with a heart of gold. Sonu Sood plays the part of a police officer, Karan, who is quite literally in the firing line, with eyes only for his old college friend Tanya, Sonal Chauhan. The story surrounds Vijju’s quest on his last job as a gangster as he comes face to face with his past. Both Hema Malini and Raveena Tandon play parts who are a part of Vijju’s past… but you will have to watch the movie to find out exactly what part!
The music of the movie has been very slow at creating an impression on me. In fact, the song “Go Meera Go” was the one which I loved the most before seeing the movie and I’ve got to say it absolutely rocks on-screen as an introduction to the exuberance of Vijju’s character as well as serving as a very fitting modern day tribute to the stalwart that is Mr Bachchan. His Hawaiian style wardrobe, colourful sunglasses and dance moves that would put any younger actor to shame are showcased in this song which seems to have been included for nostalgic purposes. Either way, Bachchan gets it right even in the most unconventional of ways. Hats off to him… and so far, that’s just for “Go Meera Go”.
I simply cannot go ahead without giving the returning Raveena Tandon a mention. The actress, who has always been a favourite of mine, looks positively radiant in the movie. She plays the role of Kamini who is slightly obsessed with Vijju and tends to want to be talking to him or spending time with him any which way she can, despite her family commitments. I have missed her on our screens and am happy to see her return, and that too with Mr Bachchan. One thing that did disappoint me is that her “Chandigarh Ki Star” song is played as a background only. I would have loved to have seen the entire song in the movie in some way as it has been talked about extensively pre-release.
It’s safe to say that although all of the actors who are a part of the movie do well in their respective characters, it is undoubtedly Mr Bachchan that stands out. It would be wrong to say that any actor can outshine him and his rendition in this movie is no different. It can be said that this is an out-and-out Amitabh Bachchan show… and it seems he handles it very well all on his own. His dialogue delivery, his dazzling costumes and his unmatchable style… I don’t think I need to explain it further.
For all the die-hard Bachchan fans out there, it would be wrong not to warn that will be some of you who are disappointed with this kind of tribute to such a legendary actor. It is necessary to stress that this is very much a contemporary homage with not many retro influences at all. Much like Delhi Belly, it will not be of everyone’s fancy but it will definitely go down in history as one of Mr Bachchan’s most memorable performances.
I would say this is a must-watch for all Bachchan fans, but only if you go into the movie expecting nothing but flair and swagger from the man himself. However, you should give it a miss if you’re more inclined towards a story which will tug at your heartstrings to the point where you need the tissue box in tow. Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap is exactly that which it has seeked to some across in the promos. It is a NEW avatar of an angry young man and, in his mature years, this same man is not only outdoing the younger generations but doing so in style!