Review of “Bibaho Obhijaan” – A joyride full of fun.
Director – Birsa Dasgupta
Cast – Ankush, Rudranil Ghosh, Anirban Bhattacharya, Nusraat Faria, Sohini Sarkar, Priyanka Sarkar
Overall Rating – 3.5/5
Bringing smile to someone’s face is not an easy task but director Birsa Dasgupta and his team has succeeded in doing that with their new film Bibaho Obhijaan. It is a fun watch for most of the part because of some really well written funny dialogues and superb comic timing of the lead cast specially the three male leads.
The story is about two friends Anupam (Ankush) and Rajat (Rudranil Ghosh), both of them are newly married. Anupam has married his girlfriend Rai (Nusraat Faria) and Rajat has an arranged marriage with Maya (Sohini Sarkar). Rai is an activist who is involved in debates and protest rallies for most of the time, she has no time for her husband. Maya is too much into religious activities and very superstitious, she keeps tieing amulets on every possible part of her husband’s body. Moreover she is a die hard fan of TV serials and keeps talking in dramatic tone like her favourite TV soap actors. For obvious reasons, both Anupam and Rajat are frustrated with their wives and they want to escape from this suffering at least for few days. They make a plan for an outing to Darjeeling telling lie to their wives and their Bosses. But everything does not work as per their plan and they became the hostages of a dacoit group. The dacoit group leader is Bullet Singh aka Gansha (Anirban Bhattacharya) who has his own back story. He has kidnapped the passengers of a bus to be in news headlines so that he can impress his wife Malati (Priyanka Sarkar).
The story and screenplay which has been written by Rudranil Ghosh does not offer anything new, it is very much predictable but the good thing is it has some really funny scenes. The dialogues again by Rudranil are well written and extremely funny, specially the dialogues written for the character of Bullet Singh. The first half is comparatively weaker. Both the characters of Rai and Maya are too extreme to digest. For example which activist celebrates birthday saying Inquilab Zindabad or which serial lover talks in a dramatic tone of their on screen idol. Also in the first half there are some distasteful jokes like making fun of gays or making fun of a diabetic patient who needs to pass urine frequently. But these shortcomings of the first half have been well compensated in a rather entertaining second half. The good thing about the film is that the makers know that it is not going to be a classic comedy and it never aspires to be that either. It only tries to deliver some genuine funny moments and it succeeds in doing that. Although one must say excessive brand promotion is little irritating and it could have been limited or placed in a better way in stead of throwing directly on your face.
A comedy movie’s impact is very much dependent on the performances and comic timing of the actors and here almost all the leading actors are in good form, specially the three male leads of the film. Their male bonding is awesome. Rudranil Ghosh has a very good comic timing and he has proved that once again. In some of his movies he is asked to do louder acting to make it look funny which looks annoying but here he is more restrained with his comedy except for few scenes. Ankush has done many comedy movies in his career so far. In his earlier movies, mostly he used to make faces in the name of comedy but now he has matured a lot as an actor. It wont be wrong to say he has outperformed Rudranil in many scenes. But the man who has steal the show is undoubtedly Anirban Bhattacharya. He has done comedy in TV shows earlier but in movies we have seen him mostly doing serious stuff. Here he has surprised everyone with his excellent comic timing. His expressions and dialogue delivery is full of fun. Nusraat Faria has pretty little to do and she is just okay. Sohini Sarkar has done very loud acting but it was the demand of her character who is very much inspired by the TV actresses. She has generated few good laughs. Priyanka Sarkar is there in an extended cameo with only four scenes to her credit but she has nailed it with her wonderful performance.
Overall Bibaho Obhijaan is an entertaining watch. It is not any cult comedy but it is humorous enough to worth your money. It is definitely a good one time watch.