Film: Bhaiaji Superhit
Director: Neerraj Pathak
Cast: Sunny Deol, Preity Zinta, Arshad Warsi, Ameesha Patel, Shreyas Talpade
What does a UP Bhaiyya-gangster do when his beloved wife leaves him? He gets a failed braggart director from Bollywood to make a film on his marital love story to win back his wife.
Sunny Deol’s Bhaiyaji act is replete with sense of startled crime-lording, as though the character can’t help wonder how a man who is such lamb before his wife could pull the trigger on his enemies with such arresting aplomb!
He gets some terrific support from his two principal male co-stars Arshad Warsi and Shreyas Talpade, both of whom are reliably strong with their comic timings.
Shreyas plays the puffed-up flop director with a swaggering bustle he seems to enjoy the script’s anarchic wit. Talpade’s Bengali screenwriter’s character is so earnest in his corny creativity he makes us laugh at his silly sincerity.
But the real surprise of the show is Preity Zinta, playing a fiery gangster’s no-nonsense wife she manages to avert her urbanity to embrace her loud unpolished jealous wife’s role with lipsmacking relish.
There are several accomplished actors such as Pankaj Tripathy, Sanjay Mishra, Brajesh Kala, Mukul Dev, Jaideep Ahlawat and Pankaj Jha who show up in extended cameos. The screenplay doesn’t always know what to do with all the actors.
This is a loud colourful over-the-top homage to hoary tradition of Bollywood’s formula films where the outrageous met the melodramatic without mishap. A lot happens in Bhaiaji Superhit.
It does get a bit too much at times. But don’t mind. Bhaiaji Deol wants Bhabhiji Zinta back at any cost. All blazing guns and spoofy drama, this is where you want to go this weekend if you looking for some cheesy fun.