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Bombairiya

By Shubarna Mukerji Shu Saturday, Jan 19, 2019 02:11: AM
Radhika Apte, Akshay Oberoi, Adil Hussain, Ravi Kishan, Shilpa Shukla, Siddhant Kapoor
Pia Sukanya
Comedy/Sattire
2019-01-18
Hindi
2/5

A lot of us will see a little bit of ourselves in Meghna (Radhika Apte)  - her life existence is surrounded by chaos. She is a PR manager - that in itself will let an industry insider know that chaos is about to ensue. While her job usually revolves around actor Karan Kapoor (Ravi Kishan) who usually has trouble keeping his pants up, the day the director Pia Sukanya picked out of Meghna’s life has way too many people.

 

To begin with there is a handyman come courier-guy, Siddhant Kapoor, who gets stuck on Meghna. She then bumps into Abhishek (Akshay Oberoi) who unfortunately lends her a helping hand. What begins as just three individuals going a little distance together, ends up with goons, politicians and of course, the junta creating confusion and absolute madness. Eventually, the three sticking together is essential for their well-being but somehow, the plot isn’t glued together as well.

 

There is no point in telling you how a jailed politician Adil Hussain meets the madness, why Abhishek’s fiancé is reluctant to marry him, and the dynamics between Ravi Kishan and his politician wife Shilpa Shukla…. It should suffice to say that Pia has created a montage of life sprinkled heavily with insanity and sometimes, nonsense. There are portions where the linearity is non-existent and unfortunately for the audience, so is common-sense.

 

Especially when you have such an eclectic mix of phenomenal performers you expect a little method to the madness.  Instead what you get are many moments but not much to take away. There is nothing that stays with you after walking out of the theatres which is the most disappointing part of this endeavour.

 

You cannot have such great actors coming together for nothing. All the pitch perfect performances don’t amount to anything. The music, the background score are unimpressive. What should have been excellent are the dialogues but nothing memorable in that department either. One cannot help but feel that Bombariya is an opportunity missed. The failure to impress makes you realise that Bombariya is a case of a bad editing. A film like this needed to be boasted on the editing table, and it fails to impress.

 

Radhika Apte who gets the solo billing in this film gives a pitch perfect performance but she cannot take Radhikya Apte away from Meghna. There is so much of herself in Meghna that you end up seeing a little bit of her previous characters through Bombariya. The film which is supposed to be an ode to the life of an average Mumbai-kar, should have been a bhel-puri of all kinds of emotions, but you come out a little sleepy, and a lot disappointed and with no after-taste.

 

 

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