Babumoshai Bandookbaaz is the latest quirky thriller starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui in a lead role. It’s a crime-drama reiterating the story of the same world which Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) has created, but with comparatively smaller aspect and magnitude. It is directed by Kushan Nandy, after being in the industry for so long this movie seems his breakthrough.
It is the crime saga of a small time contract killer, Babu, played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The story takes place in a small lawless town of Uttar Pradesh, where killers operate under the patronage from local politicians, mainly for Didi (Divya Dutta). It is the whole system/world in which the story is set, gives it the solid foundation. While on the hunt Babu comes across his lady love Phulwa (Bidita Bag). Here at one side, he is playing the brutal sharpshooter, and on the other, he is being portrayed as the soft-hearted lover. He has given justice to both of these roles and pulled off these two extremes flawlessly with his excellent acting skills. Bidita does not only give the steamy intimate scenes with great comfort but also delivers the impacting performance with raw intensity, her eyes alone talk so many things, much appreciated.
Further, in the story, Babu’s path crosses with the Bankey (Jatin Goswami), his friend cum rival. Bankey stands as the challenge for Babu in this dark gray world, rest of the movie spins around his love, his friends, his rivalries and his betrayal and revenge. The story showcased the inner conflicts of its characters and the monstrosity inside, even for hired guns at the different points it becomes difficult to operate honestly. The seamless transformation of Nawazuddin from carefree killing machine to the revenge seeking die-hard lover is just well executed.
The movie delivers a lot of gory content with quirky dialogue lines which add grit to the storyline, along with scenes of spontaneous laughter keeps the audience invested, and makes it highly entertaining. Despite the fact of its high entertainment value, the shallowness of the plot and the inclusion of useless conspiracies makes the story slow-moving. This leads to the conclusion that the screenplay could have definitely been more tighter. Without any moral compass, the story moves in unexpected directions and twists which are actually needed to keep the audience stick around but feels unbelievable sometimes.
Verdict : Must watch for crime-thriller genre lovers. Definitely, not a family entertainer.
Rating : 3.5/5