|9. Dec, 2006.
Cast : Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Salman Khan, Rani Mukherjee, John Abraham.
B. R. Films: Baabul’ will be surely special because, this movie celebrates 50 years under the banner of ‘B. R. Films. ‘Baabul’ made in a similar cast on the same lines of ‘Baghban the previous one. Baabul was keenly anticipated for many reasons - 1. It brought back the successful team of Baghban - Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini and Salman Khan, 2. Additionally it starred Rani Mukherjee and John Abraham, 3. The music had hit the right chords with audience. However, if you look beyond these and try to find out what could be interestingly novel in a movie which has a pretty straight forward story. That's exactly what I wondered walking into the theater today. I already knew the story. What's next?
The movie began in an usual Hindi movie format - a happy family, hero trying to win over heroine's heart, a few comic sequences thrown in between, a happy wedding, routine song n dance numbers and then suddenly the major twist in the tale, which probably everyone knows beforehand. Intermission! So, you have watched half the movie and you are still wondering why are you still around. You even know what's gonna happen post interval. What are you waiting for then, what makes you still hang around? Now, that's what I am going to tell you next - the beauty of the movie.
Same as what happened three
years back with Baghban, Baabul too grips you with it's very natural story
telling. No fancy stuff, no over melodramatic scenes - but purely a simple
story simply told. You don't feel like you are watching a movie. The scenes
just roll in front of you. And you are trapped once again in the emotional
web which Ravi Chopra weaves successfully. Add to it, you have a strong
social message, which of late has become the in-thing for Bollywood especially
after Rang De Basanti and Lage Raho Munnabhai. B R Films has, in fact,
always made movies with strong social relevance - be it Naya Daur, Dhool
Ka Phool, Aadmi Aur Insaan, Nikaah or Baghban. Here again, in Baabul, they
bring up the issue of widow re-marriage. And I must say this movie has
been quite successful in highlighting the need of widow rehabilitation.
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