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Badmaa$h Company (2010)

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In the 1990s, Four young friends get together in Mumbai to start a company, which turns out to be an instant hit due to their unorthodox methods.

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Karan S. Kapoor
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Archie
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Karan, Tanzing and Chandu complete their college studies and join hands with a black-marketeer, Archie, who gets them to travel to Bangkok for money-laundering purposes. En route they meet with leggy Jaipur-based Bulbul, and after the completion of this mission, the foursome decide to put their heads together to get rich quickly. Karan disappoints his father, Sajjan, by giving up on getting an MBA Degree, and the four take their success to New York where they proceed to scam businesses with considerable success; but as the money starts pouring in, so too does problems with alcohol, gambling, and bitterness between members of the group. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Actor Parmeet Sethi's directorial debut. See more »

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At the start of the movie, it is clearly mentioned that the year is 1994, when Mumbai was known as Bombay. Yet, at the airport, the sign prominently shows 'Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport'. This name (CSIA) was adopted only in 2000, under the then Prime Minister AB Vajpayee. See more »

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Lyrics by Anvita Dutt Guptan
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by Mohit Chauhan
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Con ideas can change your life
12 May 2010 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Film opens with voice-over by its hero Karan (Shahid) detailing its period. 1994, India, Bombay. He jokes that time it was Bombay and not Mumbai where he explains word FM meant Finance minister and not FM radio, cell phones existed only in science fiction, Mumbai-Delhi calls used to cost 90 Rs and not 90 paise over STD. This is the setting where we see India wasn't this free market and custom-duty was a bitch. I remember Anurag Kashyap blogging that story always needs its milieu. This one has got it.

Boy is from typical working class with father whose life he doesn't want live of 25 years sitting behind same desk. Fresh graduate topper believes gains of his efforts should be entirely his own and not of his boss or firm. Soon he devices a scam and gathers his crew to help the con. He is smart for sure. An idea to get away with custom duty. They buy foreign stuff cheap at Bangkok. There is a twist in the shipment which you better catch on screen. Then make phony scene refuse to claim the shipment leaving it in custom warehouses only to buy it back at customs auctions without custom duty now, so at scrap prices. Profits are huge.

Con is successful and crew is happy. Love-interest perky, bold, wannabe model Bulbul Singh (Anushka) with slang (f off) who while kissing hungrily inside car warns Karan, panting, this is not serious to which guy replies that should be my line yaar. Their romance connects well. Other two are rather two dimensional ones can be summarized – one is womanizer (Veer Das) other one is drunk (Chyang). Foursome makes good company till first half of the film. Really good.

But all is not always ends well. It's kind of perennial screw up, filmmakers continue to botch the second half of a promising film. Turning a fun-con into boring predictable morality lesson. Shifting story to US where new cons, more success, then success getting to head, egos, fights, alcohol, aiyaashi, inevitable break up. Protagonist learning lessons hard way. Papa don't preach or do it well.

When they stop having good time, how can we? Audience slowly realized film is sagging. "How much more is left?", someone asked sitting behind me. She was right though. But still for its better half it's not all bad company.


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