From amongst the fleet of movies releasing this week the one that manages somehow to have its head above water is a comic thriller Bajatey Raho! Directed by Sushant Shah who has Dasvidaniya and Chalo Dilli to his credit stays loyal to his muse incarnate Vinay Pathak in this latest venture.
The story sans any depth (Zafar Khan) and is so paper thin that all I can manage to share without letting out the meat is that Sabbarwahl (Ravi Kishen) is a rich, arrogant entrepreneur fraudulent and corrupt. But he now seems to have run out of luck as Mrs. Baweja (Dolly Ahluwalia), Sukhi (Tusshar Kapoor), Mintoo (Vinay Pathak) and Ballo (Ranvir Shorey) set out to give him a taste of his own medicine. The genre is one of revenge comedy but the problem being the laughs are few and far between and the thrill fizzles out sooner than the cold drink you would be sipping! There isn’t much glue to the screenplay either and we sit through a rather placid tale knowing full well all that would follow. The only saving grace comes in the form of some nice performances.
The baddie Sabbarwahl is quite aptly played by Ravi Kishen, au fait with all kinds of underhand dealings. However his Punjabi marinated with Bhojpuri accent doesn’t quite cut it. On the other hand Ranvir Shorey as the loud biryani guzzling Punjabi is an au naturant. Vinay Pathak maintains his usual brilliance but he deserves better. So does Vishakha Singh playing the femme fatale. In case you want to find out how a real life Punjabi can mouth Punjabi dialogues with most alien emotions and atrocious dullness there is always Tusshar Kapoor we can bank upon! The consistency with which he doggedly remains average in each of his films is truly a feat not many can boast of! Dolly Ahluwalia takes off from where we left her in Vicky Donor, brilliantly essaying the concerned mother and the meticulous planner to trap the bon vivant Sabbarwahl by turns. She as usual dazzles us with her performance but runs the risk of being typecast. Seeing the Vicky Donor fame “dadi” in this film trumpeting similar dialogues and carrying the same TV remote it seems a very real danger.
As far as music is concerned “Khurafati Akhiya” is one of the more popular tracks. “Kudi tu butter” (believe it or not) is jarring, “Nagin Dance Nachna” as typical of an item number is thrust midway for our consumption. The winner all the way is of course the "Tennu Main Love kerda" inspired mata ka jagrata that is so hilarious that it’s the only time the film peaks!. Vinay carries it off with such fake fervor it’s a gem.
So all in all Bajatey Raho is as average as average can be. It’s lucky to have released on a day when no other film can match even its mediocrity. So go for it if you have nothing to do this weekend and feeling lazy !