Only recently he was disrespectful (badtameez); now apparently he is shameless (besharam). Bollywood’s blue eyed boy Ranbir Kapoor, who can seem to do no wrong will soon he seen in his next big film, Besharam, made with a budget of 60 crores and releasing on Gandhi Jayanti (a rather incongruous choice for the release of a movie called beshram, but never mind that).
Film – Besharam (Release date on 2 October 2013)
Starring – Ranbir Kapoor, Pallavi Sharda, Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh, Javed Jaffrey, Amitosh Nagpal and Hrithik Roshan in a special appearance.
Producers – Himanshu Mehra, Sanjeev Gupta, Reliance Enterainment
Director – Abhinav Kashyap
Story/Screenplay – Abhinav Kashyap, Rajeev Barnwal
Songs – Lalit Pandit
Plot – The story is that of a car mechanic who moonlights as a car burglar to help finance the running of an orphanage – clearly the besharam has his heart in the right place. The official trailer of Besharam establishes this besharam’s shamelessness right away: he is seen peeing into a lehlahata hua sarson ka khet singing a song from DDLJ, clearly enjoying himself. The man seems to have a kind of phallic preoccupation – with all the peeing, clutching at crotches, pelvic thrusting, stuffing of socks down pants, and declaration of lustful intentions.
Ranbir plays the character of, hold your breath – his name is Babli in this film (Bunny in his last film wasn’t bad enough apparently). With his gold and silver jumpsuits he is clearly not about class and subtlety. Ranbir’s lines, body language, the entire attitude and even that dreadful name screams sidey – I know sidey is not a term that is popular today – but sidey is what he is – deliciously and unapologetically so.
Paired opposite him is Pallavi Sharda, Indian Australian actor and dancer, as Tara – she who according to our protagonist has rabdi and not blood coursing through her veins (perhaps watching the film will better explain that cryptic comment). The hero’s repeated overtures are spurned by the lady, but he is undeterred – you know, because he is besharam and all.
After it is fully established that this is a besharam and utterly sidey individual, we are introduced to Rishi Kapoor as Inpector Chulbul Chautala (yes Chulbul as in Pandey) and Neetu Singh as – hold our breath again – Bulbul Chautala (and yes it appears to be that kind of mad film). They are the cops on the car thief’s trail. This probably is supposed to suggest to us, the directorial connection between this film and the other film directed by Abhinav Kashyap – namely Dabangg.
We also have Javed Jaffrey as some gun-toting entity who trots out hackneyed clichés about the ‘dhanda’. Our besharam is clearly unintimidated by said gun toter and proceeds to kick some serious butt of various baddies and sundry others.
Besharam has been in the news for music director Lalit Pandit (one half of the hugely successful Jatin-Lalit pair) having allegedly lifted tunes from other sources. It is alleged that Love ki Ghanti is a copy of an Italian number Bella Ciao, and that Dil Ka Jo Haal Hai is a copy of the song Na Kar Deewana by a Pakistani band called Roxen. The former charge appears fairly accurate and the Besharam song does in fact have a striking resemblance to the Italian song. The second charge doesn’t seem quite as accurate.
On the whole Besharam’s songs don’t appear to be hugely original or memorable in spite of having 13 listed tracks. In any case, the film’s USP is Ranbir Kapoor and his besharam-ness; the songs are perhaps meant to be secondary.
Besharam seems to be a rollicking good caper; I anticipate yet another fun filled ride with this film of Ranbir Kapoor – a born actor and who has never disappointed. I have watched and liked many of his films to a lesser or larger extent – Bachna Ae Haseeno. Wake Up Sid, Luck by Chance, Raajneeti, Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year, Barfi!, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani – his filmography is diverse and is about to get better.
Image Source: Besharam Film Poster – Fair Use For Review