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Two mismatched characters go on a wild road trip in Uttar Pradesh and, while being dogged by a policeman, fall in love.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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DCP Dashrath Singh
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Vimmi Saluja / Babli
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Rakesh Trivedi / Bunty
Kiran Juneja ...
Vimmi's mother (as Kiran Juneja Sippy)
Lilliput ...
Pappu (as Liliput)
Pratima Kazmi ...
Phool Sakhi
Prem Chopra ...
SikhTruck Driver
Puneet Issar ...
Vimmi's father
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Trivedi
Rajesh Vivek ...
Protestor
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Special Appearance (song) (as Aishwarya Rai)
Rameshwari ...
Mrs. Trivedi
Ranjeet ...
Store owner
Ravi Baswani ...
B.B.'s first victim
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Q. Q. Qureshi
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Rakesh{Abhishek Bachchan} and Vimmi{Rani Mukherji} are two ambitious wannabes from small towns where their dreams are written off as outrageous daydreaming. They run away from their homes when bump into each other and decide to con for once to be financially sound until they make it big. Ironically, they find it too exciting. One follows the another as they adopt fake names [Bunty and Babli] for the same and they soon become the most popular anonymous criminals of the nation. At the heart of it kicks off their romance and they decide to continue their newly-found 'talent' as their means of living. Little do they know that their shenanigans have caught the fancy of ACP Dashrath Singh {Amitabh Bachchan} big time. He leaves no stone unturned in putting them behind the bars. Meanwhile, Rakesh and Vimmi have a child and decide to quit conning for their child's sake. However, its only then when Dashrath Singh manages to get their grab. But he release them after initial incredulity about ... Written by B.H.Harsh

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Budget:

INR 100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£149,640 (UK) (27 May 2005)

Gross:

£522,472 (UK) (17 June 2005)
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Heard in the mujra hall is the song "Salaam-E-Ishq" from Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978), which featured Amitabh Bachchan, who also stars in this film. Interestingly, the first song became the title of Salaam-E-Ishq (2007), which has, just as in this film, music by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, and Loy Mendonsa. See more »

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Dancer: Hey, handsome!
[Rakesh turns, looks - and falls down with shock]
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Written by Gulzar (as Sampooran Singh Gulzar)
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa
Performed by Alisha Chinoi, Shankar Mahadevan and Javed Ali
Courtesy of Yash Raj Music
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A refreshing change
29 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I can slowly see Hindi films evolving and taking more chances with their content and characters, something it hasn't done in thirty years. With the release of films like Black, Hazaaron Kwaishein Aisi, Raincoat and now even Bunty Aur Babli you can't help but appreciate the effort, even if the results vary.

Bunty Aur Babli is in no way a breakthrough. It has its color, loud music and spoonfuls of melodrama like the thousands of Hindi films that preceded it. However, it also has a pair of anti-heroes as the leads; Bunty and Babli are lovable criminals that love crime. The sheer exuberance of the characters as well as the actors is one of the main selling points of this film.

The music is likable, though the shooting of Chup Chup Ke looks exactly like that of the song "Saathiya" from Shaad Ali's previous film. It could have been removed. The item number with Aishwarya Rai is practically forced into the screenplay with a pair of pliers, and could also have been removed.

The movie also unnecessarily milks a scene between Amitabh Bachchan and his son, Abhishek. The two get completely drunk and have a boring, drawn out conversation about love that may leave you squirming in your seat. What a waste. This was meant to be a mesmerizing scene, as it's their first time acting together, but it instead becomes a good time to take that bathroom break.

However, those gripes are minor compared to the rest of the film. Abhishek Bachchan gives a good performance, and hams it up like a pro. Rani Mukherjee is further cementing her stature as one of the few true actors in commercial Hindi cinema. She handles the humor (check out her catty fight with a Miss India contestant) and the melodrama with ease. Amitabh Bachchan is a cool cat. All of it works well because no one is taking it too seriously. It's pure entertainment.

All in all, I'm glad we're seeing popular films that shy away from the love triangles, characters that are too perfect to be human, and poor production values. Bunty Aur Babli falls into none of those traps. Yes, it falls into several others but it's still a step forward!


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