Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai
Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukherjee, Jackie
Director: Goldie Behl
Music: Aadesh Shrivastava
This one is for those
patient souls waiting for the Big B genes to manifest in B junior. Well, the
wait is over… almost!
Goldie Behl's directorial debut, Bas Itna Sa Khwab Hai, provides an
excellent opportunity to this understated but overburdened (with expectations,
of course) actor to demonstrate his prowess. Abhishek plays ambitious Suraj
Shrivastava from Benares who arrives in big, bad Bombay for his higher
education in pursuit of his dream. All he wants is…everything. His role model
is India's media king, Naved Ali. By the way, Suraj's role models also include
Bhagat Singh, Maharana Pratap and Dhirubhai Ambani (!!!), in that order.
Suraj meets Pooja (Rani Mukherjee) in college and falls in love with her. A
visit by Naved Ali to his alma mater proves to be the turning point for Suraj.
Naved takes Suraj under his wings and starts grooming him. Lara Oberoi
(stunning-as ever Sushmita Sen) qualifies as Naved's assistant – since
Sushmita’s role is not clearly defined, audience just have to accept her as an
assistant. Lara introduces Suraj to Naved's world of glitz and glamour. In his
desperate bid for success, Suraj leaves behind all that is near and dear to
him. He is rudely awakened from his daze only when he discovers that he is
being used by Naved for ulterior motives. A shaken Suraj returns to his senses
(his mom and his love) and exposes Naved's true intentions.
The film runs full steam till intermission and then chugs along ever so slowly.
The sole aim of the second half seems to be to stuff as many things as possible
into it. Abhishek Bachchan sparkles at regular intervals, frequently reviving
the Big B magic. But Abhishek better work on his body language in order to
improve his screen presence. Jackie Shroff is strictly okay maybe because the
macho charm is missing in the new-improved character-role playing Jackie.
The characters of Pooja
and Lara are ill defined. Sushmita looks absolutely ravishing in the dance
sequences but does not have a role to write home about. Rani does justice to
the bits that come to her. Of the rest of the cast, Gulshan Grover excels as
Bas Itna… has some good moments. The musical score by Aadesh Shrivastava
is quite good. But you won't miss much if you came out for a smoke during
Abhishek's dances. Papa Bachchan needs to tell Abhishek how to carry the
enviable height and not hunch while the other actor is saying dialogues or stand
there looking awkward as his heroine dances! The screenplay too seems
half-baked. Most urban youth might relate to the theme that is an oddball
mixture of media and politics. The general populace will have a dreamless sleep
through the film… much like the gentleman next to me.
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