Director Rohit Shetty and actor-cum-producer Ajay Devgn are one of the most successful pairs in Bollywood, having delivered a few blockbusters together in the past like "Golmaal" series, "Singham" and "All the Best: Fun Begins". So, it is natural for film lovers to expect big from their latest film, "Bol Bachchan", starring Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan, Asin Thottumkal and Prachi Desai in the lead roles.
The duo (Shetty and Ajay) has established their own way of storytelling - using flying cars, flying people, colourful sets and gravity-defying scenes, coupled with lots of screams and noises, to keep the audience inside the theatre awake throughout the course of the film. They have used the same formula in "Bol Bachchan" too.
However, "Bol Bachchan", which hit the theatres on Friday, has got mixed reviews from film critics. The reviewers said that one should leave logic behind to enjoy the film.
Here's what film cristcs say about "Bol Bachchan":
"'Bol Bachchan' offers a few genuine laughs, but it's too long and too labored to describe as a pleasing film. Shetty, who came up with some clever comic sketches particularly in his first and third Golmaal films, appears to be cashing in on past glory with this dull rehash of his successful work," Rajeev Masand of CNN IBN wrote.
"On the whole, 'Bol Bachchan' is a dhamaal entertainer that has the Rohit Shetty stamp all over it. A film that pays homage to the cinema of 1970s and 1980s, especially the ones made by Manmohan Desai. Big stars, big visuals, big entertainment, 'Bol Bachchan' has it all," Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama wrote in his review
"Leave the dry reason and logic at home, and there you have a brilliant movie. Infuse an iota of logic into it, and your brain screams out for a Saridon at intervals of five to ten minutes. The anthologised SMS jokes and the wafer-thin plot are some of the reasons the film doesn't appear anything out of the box. They say what can't be cured, must be endured. Once you give in to that adage and ask your white matter to exit the theatre, you will enjoy the film. Watch 'Bol Bachchan' just for laughing," writes Ananya Bhattacharya of Zee Cinemas.
Gaurav Malani of Times of India, writes, "For a (pleasant) change, Rohit Shetty doesn't do 'Golmaal' 'his' style. Rather he does 'Golmaal' in its 'original' form and that's what creates a decent difference, making 'Bol Bachchan' fairly entertaining!"
"Be warned. 'Bol Bachchan' is a comedy so absurd that it could reduce you to tears of despair. Conversely, if you have the stomach for such rampant silliness, it might propel you into paroxysms of delight. The call is entirely yours," writes Saibal Chatterjee for NDTV movies.
Rohit Shetty's movies become hit in spite of critics' thumps down in the past. He has learnt the art of movie making to satisfy the audience, who go to cinema halls just for entrainment. And "Bol Bachchan" too seems to have the Shetty-entrainment-factor aplenty.