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Movie review - Baabul

Jeevi rating: 3/5
: Uncle turns into father
Family Drama
BR Films
Cast: Amitab Bachchan, Salman Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Hema Malini, John Abraham, Om Puri & Sharad Saxena
Camera: Barun Mukherji
Music: Aadesh Srivastav

Editing: Godfrey Gonsalves
: Ravi Chopra
Story - Producer: BR Chopra
Release date: 8 December 2006



Balraj (Amitabh Bachchan) is a highly successful businessman whose family consists of a devoted wife (Hema Malini) and a doting son Avinash (Salman Khan). Avinash falls in love with Malavika (Rani Mukherjee) and marries her with the encouragement of parents. They have a kid. A few years later, Avinash dies in an accident .The rest of the story is all about how the tradition bound Balraj takes the brave decision of getting his widowed daughter in law married to the guy who is love with her.

Artists Performance

Amitabh Bachchan carries the entire film on his shoulders with his superb performance. His expressions, dialogue delivery and histrionics in the climax scene are incredible. Hema Malini lives up to her name by providing very good on-screen chemistry with Amitabh. Salman Khan is adorable in the too-good-to-believe character. Rani Mukherjee is at par with Amitabh in a few scenes (like the one in which she imagines dancing with her dead husband). John Abraham is a misfit for the role as he fails to breathe life into the wonderful character. Om Puri and Sharad Saxena are adequate.

Technical Departments:

Story - screenplay - direction: The story of the film has a message on widow remarriage. Marriage of a widow used to be a radical though in 1950 and 60’s. But not anymore. The director has chosen an outdated theme. But there is honesty and purity in his work. There is conviction in his direction. Screenplay of the film should have been better. There is no smooth transition between scenes of the film. Story of the film is predictable.

Other departments: Dialogues are good. Music is adequate. Cinematography is fair. Editing should have been better. Production values are good.

Analysis: The initial part of the film is interesting, but the film’s pace goes down after 40 minutes. The second half is too slow. The climax is brilliant. The plus points of the film are the performances (Amitabh and Rani Mukherjee) and director’s honesty. The major drawback of the film is snail-paced narration. This film will not appeal to the youth, but has fair chances of acceptance by family audiences.

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