Producer : Narinder Dhanoa
Director: Guddu Dhanoa
*ing: Bobby Deol, Rani Mukherjee, Ashish
Music: Anand Raaj
Released on : July 07, 2000
Reviewed by: Rahul Abrol
Bobby Deol and Rani
Mukherjee fared better than expected with their first movie together, Badal. With some catchy songs and Punjabi tunes, a
Bobby Jatt Deol patent, the pair managed to click on-screen and are back to deliver
another action-packed flick with a twist, Bichhoo.
Whether it be the pair themselves, the one-word names, the very catchy songs, or the
action, somehow, Guddu Dhanao manages to conjure up a good entertainer.
Jeeva (Bobby) is a young man out for revenge. Through dramatic yet clever flashbacks, we
learn that Jeeva's family has been wronged by the police and then ousted by society and as
a result, burn themselves to death. The reason for this is simple. Jeeva and Kiran (s.p. Malaika Arora Khan) love one another, but Kiran is
from a well-to-do and crooked family, and Jeeva is a normal middle-class guy. Upon
learning of her father's actions against Jeeva and his family, she seeks revenge upon him
by committing suicide. Her father could care less, though, and is more interested in
In retaliation to society, Jeeva seeks revenge by assassinating men upon assignment, as a
contract killer. We only see him kill one in the beginning and assume that he isn't
completely inhumane. He lives in an apartment building (flats) with his bichhoo
(scorpion) and works out tirelessly, living on milk. In the next apartment lives a girl
who is also named Kiran (Rani), a smoking, leather-clad, tattooed, dramatic-makeup, loud
brat. She lives with her evil step-mother whom she detestsd (with good reason), her
step-aunt and her semi-evil father, Bali, who is a drug supplier. The only light in her
life is her brother, who returns home soon enough. Her father becomes involved with
cheating some people of their drugs, namely the head of the narcotics department, A.C.P.
Devraj (who is the Dada of the drug trade), played by Ashish
Vidyathi, and they come to kill the entire family. Kiran becomes the only
eyewitness to the crime and watches as her entire family is wiped out. She decides to
avenge her brother's death and seeks Jeeva's help for refuge, e.g. shelter and aid, and
soon enough, they fall in love. Upon learning of the eyewitness, Devraj and gang decide to
kill her and Jeeva manages to protect her against the villians coming by the hundreds.
The first two hours were much better than the last, and was fairly fast-paced and
gripping. Nearing the third hour, the movie loses a bit of steam and its grip on the
story, and we get diverted when we shouldn't be. The actions scenes were commendable and
worth watching. The storyline was good, though along the way, we lose the focus on Rani's
revenge to love, in that since Rani was the one who was directly wronged by Devraj, she
should have been focused on seeking revenge by going through grueling training to toughen
up, not for Bobby to do it all for her.
Acting on Bobby Deol's part was excellent. He played his role as a wooden (yes, the role
was intended to shape this way), emotion-less, angry young man well. His short hair suits
him and he appeared fairly polished. Rani did decently well, better than her previous
movies, but her emotional scenes need a LOT of work (e.g. she was near laughter when her
brother died). She was excessively loud and obnoxious, though, and her role did not demand
but a fourth of what she laid out. She has lost weight and looks nice, thoguh I would
recommend Clearasil for her acne problem. The cake goes to Ashish Vidyathi, though, for
his excellent portrayal of a psychotic narcotics officer cum killer, and he did have some
excellent and convincing scenes. Malaika Arora takes the cake for the unmentionables, as
her acting, as little as it was, was pathetic and makeup/clothing was repulsive (the
overbite was difficult to adjust to), and she ought to just stick to walking the catwalk
and dancing her two-bit songs and leaving the acting to the actresses.
The songs were very catchy and were executed well, though the placement of the songs did
not make much sense at all and were ill-placed/did not flow in the movie. Nevertheless,
they did provide for good breaks from the intense movie (which could have used to
light-hearted scenes instead). The Pyar Ho Na Jaye song was pretty funny, as some
random people were dancing in the front of the Taj Mahal and they looked absolutely
ridiculous, and the intensity of the song was completely lost in its execution.
There isn't much to say about costumes as they did not change but maybe once in the movie.
The ending, which I will not reveal, and some other parts of the action scenes were very
very funny. In addition, the relationship of the title to the actual movie was lost and
all we can do to make up for it is to make up some philosophical meaning behind the title
(which likely was not the intention).
Overall, though, Bichhoo is definitely a good entertainer, and the audience walked out
after the credits began to roll (yes, they actually stayed until the end!). The movie was
worth watching in the theater and makes for a good action-packed flick.