Baankey (RaajpaYadav) is an unmarried 35-year-old, who looks 45. He lacks good looks, intelligence and a decent kundli to be able to marry a pretty girl like Anjali (Tia Bajpai). His father (Rakesh Bedi) and uncle (Sanjay Mishra) thus hatch a dubious plan to get Baankey married. Does it work?
They hire a champu (read geek) Rajesh (Satyajeet Dubey) to pose as Baankey and his photograph is sent to Anjali's parents, who surprisingly approve of him. Sadly on D day, Rajesh flees with another girl, leaving Baankey and his family in the lurch. They then make Virat (Satyajeet Dubey in a double role), their bus driver pose as Baankey, promising him a large sum of money. They also state that they will waive off his father's debt if he agrees. Virat becomes the proxy groom, but falls in love with Anjali for real. To make things more complicated, Rajesh shows up at the wedding too.
The film is a situational comedy, which partially works, thanks to the talented cast. The humour is clean for a change and that is refreshing. Satyajeet Dubey and Vijay Raaz in particular, stand out for their effortless performances. Tia Bajpai is pleasant, but Raajpal Yadav overdoes his 'loser' act. He hams away to glory and hugs men after every two minutes, which fails to amuse you. The plot is interesting, but the director fails to take it further, resulting in stilted gags that seem forced and repetitive.
The background score (the name Baankey keeps echoing) expects to make you laugh, but gets quite annoying eventually. The heroine falling into the arms of the hero, or her dressed as a man and few other such scenes are extremely cliched and inconsequential..
To sum it all, Baankey Ki Crazy Baraat is a formulaic family comedy, which you may not mind watching, if novelty is not what you seek.
However, the story goes haywire in the second half. While the dashing Kunal and sincere Radhika are aptly cast, their 'love story' seems a tad random and digresses from the core subject.
The dialogues are crisp. Saurabh Shukla walks away with the best lines and does complete justice to them. Gulshan Grover also holds his own and impresses in his not-so-substantial role.
The depiction of bankrupt monarchs, who choose to rest on their past laurels, is a one-of-its-kind and the prime highlight of this quirky film. In the present-day situation, where water is one of the most precious resources, Kaun Kitney Paani Mein touches upon a relevant issue but wraps it all too conveniently, without being confrontational.