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Bunty Aur Babli (2005)

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A small town pair become the legendary Bunty and Babli as caper after caper they turn the world on its head. Till they meet a very upset cop.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rakesh Trivedi / Bunty
... Vimmi Saluja / Babli
... DCP Dashrath Singh
... Vimmi's mother (as Kiran Juneja Sippy)
Lilliput ... Pappu (as Liliput)
... Phool Sakhi
... SikhTruck Driver
... Vimmi's father
... Trivedi
... Protestor
... Special Appearance (song) (as Aishwarya Rai)
Rameshwari ... Mrs. Trivedi
... Store owner
... B.B.'s first victim
... Q. Q. Qureshi
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Storyline

Rakesh (Abhishek Bachchan) is a man of schemes, ideas, invention and restlessness. His small town begins to feel too small for his King size plans. In another part of India crinkle nosed small town girl, Vimmi (Rani Mukerji) doesn't want to become just another young marriageable girl. In her mind she is the "Miss India" that the world can't get enough of. So, they decide to fly the coup. Somewhere along their individual journeys, Rakesh and Vimmi meet. And in a moment of mistaken truth, the legend of Bunty and Babli are born. And the world gets turned on its head!. We follow the duo through caper after caper, in which they are spiritual gurus; bureaucrat and secretary, gangster and moll; business partners; hen pecked husband and pregnant wife, vagabonds and caught-in-a-downpour lovers.We watch them run rings around rajahs, power brokers, shaadi bandwallahs, millionaires, investors, leaders, ministers, elephants, explorers, hoteliers, chai boys and one very very upset policeman, DCP ... Written by Official Source

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In this world there are two types of people........... See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

27 May 2005 (India)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

INR 100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

INR 134,075,000 (India), 3 June 2005

Opening Weekend USA:

$435,767, 27 May 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$901,867, 19 June 2005
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Heard in the mujra hall is the song "Dil Cheez Kya Hai" from Umrao Jaan (1981). Interestingly, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who has a special appearance in this film, plays the titular character in Umrao Jaan (1981)'s remake, Umrao Jaan (2006), which also stars Abhishek Bachchan. See more »

Quotes

DCP Dashrath Singh: Tell me joke.... Non-veg.
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Referenced in Dil Bole Hadippa! (2009) See more »

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Kajra Re
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 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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