If one leta s go off the bad production value and detailing of the film, Badmashiyaan has in store an appeasing climax. Director Amit Khanna executes the insurmountable task of sewing in five stark yet intertwined plots seamlessly. Taking cues from the classic storytelling of Asian rom-coms, the film adapts the set pattern unique to their yarn.
Those well-acquainted with world cinema won't find it exceptional. The film's writing is superficial as the story evidently fails to add depth to any of its characters.
Contrary to our usual pathos of an underwhelming second half, this one suffers from the curse of the first hour, as the movie moves at snaila s pace demanding immense patience. Starting off on an unimpressive note, it picks up tempo only before the strike of interval. Post that there is a marked improvement in pace, with isolated incidents falling together to end on a somewhat heartening note.
The glaring glitch here is that the movie cannot be credited for novelty. From style to story, it fails to bring anything new to the Korean flick Couples on which it is based.
The cumbersome task of changing the game is on the actors and it is only Hashmi and Mehra whose performances work as the saving grace. Gunjan Malhotra who was great in Tevar earlier this year is absolutely wasted.
Though it falls short of being an incredible movie but the unique style of narration, makes it pleasantly watchable.
In 2012, I watched a movie that wasn't a total disaster called Tutiya Dil. The title, as you may have guessed, is a cheap play on a colourful Hindi cuss word that would spark an epileptic fit at current censor screenings. Speaking about fits, the same team is back with Badmashiyaan, with actors who look like they're miming to mirrors.
To be fair, they overact the hell out of a script whose more profound lines equate bank robberies with hearts being stolen. The storytelling device isn't uncommon in B-grade Hollywood thrillers: three stories, seen from different back-and-forth perspectives of unrelated characters, intersect at various points.
Siddhanth Kapoor, who hasn't evolved at all since Tutiya, plays a naive Chandigarh cafe owner. He falls for a con girl named Nari, essayed-in frightfully short skirts and tall heels - by Suzanna Mukherjee. She vamooses and moves on to her next victim, a Jatt don. Tragically, it is Filmistaan's talented lead, Sharib Hashmi, who lends his voice, versatility and fake moustache to this imbecilic character. Meanwhile, Dev falls for another girl (Gunjan Malhotra; best thing about Tevar; trapped here) during the world's tackiest bank robbery, while his brother Pinkesh (Mehra; ham) does his own there's-something-about-Mary detective work to find Nari.
This is the kind of film where secondary actors use words like 'handsome' and 'heartless' as nouns, where tertiary actors begin every sentence with 'Oye!' to reiterate ethnic cliches, where liberal women lick their lips in bedrooms at steroid-boosted males stripping to hip-hop beats, where lilting Bhatt-template songs are used to show blossoming love, where random couples give their two bits about love, and where drops of urine and fake diamonds are given more screentime than the leads.
In short, as Pinkesh would exclaim, "Mama's eyes! Avoid."
The Censor Board cut five scenes in the film.
The film landed in a copyright issue for being a remake of Korean film Couples.
Suzanna Mukherjee thought she was being approached for the role of Palak.
Suzanna and Siddhant have been great pals and that added to their on-screen chemistry.
Couples, the original Korean flick, too was a remake of a Japanese movie named A Stranger of Mine.
Since the film gets together five plots, there are multiple continuity flaws.
The plot revolving around the driver seemed out of place and jarring, adding no value to the original plotline.
The movie begins with Dev (Siddhant Gupta), a cafe owner in Chandigarh, whose girlfriend has gone missing. It seems she has walked out on him following a spat. But as the story advances, the mystery unfolds. Dev and Nari (Suzzana Mukherjee) meet on the road and the two first become friends and eventually start dating. Nari is materialistic, commitment phobic and the boy is ready to go to any length to be with her. In an attempt to achieve her dreams, he sells most of his property, gets a home loan of 2 crores and buy a swanky bungalow for her. He pursues her to move in with him. But on the night he is all set to propose marriage to her, she walks out on him, leaving behind just a message.
Dev's friend Pinkesh(Karan Mehra), who is private detective by hobby is looking for the girl. While it might seem that his only reason is to do it for his friend, Pinkesh too has lost his heart to Nari. But he unlike Dev is a little more in sync with her reality and background. A thug by profession, she orchestrates a love setup and dupes men. But with Dev, she soon realizes there isn't much to extract from him. And hence she leaves him before things could take a more serious turn.
Dev, however, can't get over her. Heartbroken and upset, he has an eventful day two months after his breakup with Nari. Beginning with a road accident, where a cab driver is all out to get back at him, begins his day on a bad note. Soon after, he is summoned by the bank. When he reaches there, a robbery takes place. A woman accuses him of molesting her. Just when the police is probing the case, a kind lady Palak (Gunjan Malhotra) bails him out of the situation by testifying for him. Palak and her friend makes a plan to meet for dinner.
The same night Dev is called by Pinkesh to a restaurant. Dev and Palak land up at the same place and meet for the second time. Dev leaves his wallet at home and Palak's wallet is stolen on her way. The two strike up a conversation after being stood on by their respective friends. They both assume the other one is paying. When it comes to clearing the bill, Palak volunteers her engagement ring (which is fake) to save the situation. The two walk over to Dev's place and get to know more about each other.
Dev is told by Pinkesh that Nari is all set to marry someone else - a don called Jassi (Sharib Hashmi). Dev tells Palak the same on their way home. But Nari drops in to meet Dev the same night and insults Palak. Dev runs after Palak and gives her money to go back home, as well as his number so that the two can meet again.
Pinkesh gets abducted by Jassi's people because he visits Jassi's home to give back a briefcase full of money that Nari steals from the don. Realizing that the don is absolutely smitten by her, she drugs him and his driver to steal that money.
Don Jassi too is madly in love with Nari. He is looking for her to never let her go again. Nari lands up at Dev's house to hide the money and Pinkesh after being abducted by the mafia lord's men directs them to Dev's house to find Nari.
Nari had hidden the money before and that night when Palak an Dev were home together, Nari actually comes to get back the money. When Dev goes after Palak, she gets the window to get the money out from where she had hidden it.
When she goes to get the money, she finds it missing. It is Palak who discovers the amount and since she is in dire need of money to get a job, a bag full of notes was too hard for her to resist.
Nari finds Jassi in Dev's room where she had hidden the money who tells her that he wants her and loves her despite all her faults. She cries and the two make up and decide on staying together.
Palak realizes that she stole money from Dev whom she had been eyeing for a long time before they actually met. When Palak and her boyfriend broke up in Dev's cafe, it was he who got her coffee and cheered her up. Next morning she returns to give him the bag and they discover that the notes were actually fake.
While all the love stories fall together despite all the drama, in the last scene we are told Nari goes missing all over again.
The romantic comedy film Badmashiyaan failed to pull the audience to the movie theatres.
According to a report on Boxofficeindia.com, Badmashiyaan earned below Rs 20 lakh on the day of its release. It could not rise much higher as its weekend collections wrapped up at Rs 31.50 lakh.
The Amit Khanna film managed to earn Rs 50 lakh in its first week.