Director: Satish Kaushik
Starring: Anil Kapoor, Shilpa Shetty, Keerthy
This is a laughable attempt comedy, Bollywood style.
An outrageously loud comedy where people scream when
they can do with a whisper, where people take leave
of reason when they have nothing to be unreasonable
about. If this is cinema mainstream, it is probably
time to strengthen the rivulets may be patronize films
like Mitr which managed to evoke more than a couple
of smiles without an in-your-face approach.
Kaushik, a fine comedian himself, probably did not want
to pass on his skills to Anil Kapoor, Shilpa Shetty
and others in this tale of a man out to bring warring
families together. He has given bearable entertainers
like Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai and Hum Aapke Dil Mein
Rehte Hain in the past. This time, there is nothing
in Badhaai Ho Badhaai for Kaushik to pat himself on
his sizeable back. Or except a note of congratulations
from the audience.
Weak screenplay, forgettable music, inane lyrics, insipid
dialogue and consistently mediocre acting performances,
the film has it all.
opens as a story of two families - one Hindu, other
Christian - who are at each other's throats because
the Christian guy and the Hindu girl eloped to the dismay
of their brothers. And parents. Twenty-seven years after
the moony-eyed couple has walked into the sunset of
life, appears Raja - Anil Kapoor. Soon of the couple
that had upped and eloped he wants to bring his maternal
grandfather and grandmother and paternal grandfather
and grandmother close.
Along the way, as is the wont of our Bollywood directors,
Raja ends up with Bantu-Beauty- Shilpa Shetty - a Punjabi
lass who claims to be his wife. All is well only until
Raja decides to exercise his right over her as the alleged
The girl wriggles out with a dark secret - Raja is not
the son of the family's estranged couple. And Raja had
come all the way because he wants that his girlfriend
- played by Keerti Reddy - marry her love with the warring
Along the way, the director gets a chance to reel out
Raja's love story. He was an intelligent man but quite
a bit overnight.
But he knew better than to propose to a girl who could
just as well have called him 'uncle'. Love changed him.
It gave him a reason to hope, an occasion to smile.
But by the time he won the battle of the bulge, it was
too late and the girl had found a suitalble match for
Also by the time, the families come around; the viewers
too would have had too much. Neither Anil Kapoor's girth
nor Shilpa Shetty's feeble attempts at comedy inject
humour into this listless tale.
While Anil in films like Virasat an Eeshwar is a class
apart, he is certainly no Govinda when it comes to comic
timing. And Shilpa is not even a girl down Sridevi's
Also a horde of seasoned character artistes are reduced
to mere bit players here with past masters like Amrish
Puri, Govind Namdeo, Anang Desai, Farida Jalal and Rohini
Hattangady hardly getting a word in edgeways.
Sorry, Satish Kaushik, we have seen all this in the
past. We may still get to see it again. The chances
are it will be better. And dear readers go ahead, recommend
this film to those who played a bad joke on you for
this film is nothing but a bad joke.