Bbuddah – Baap re baap…

Was in Mumbai a few days ago and watched the preview of Bbuddah. I have accumulated and penned my thoughts on it. It was also a delight to have met the one and only Mr Amitabh Bachchan at his residence in Prateeksha. Enjoyed the meet immensely and will try to put up pics soon. Here are my thoughts on the movie.

Style is something that many try very hard to acquire. It remains not within every one’s reach; no matter how long or how hard they try to acquire it. It could be the way one speaks, one walks, one conducts himself / herself or even the way one dresses that evokes a wide range of reactions. Gasps, whistles and claps are typical receptivity to the now very ‘rare’ style icons and this is how I reacted when I watched the stylish man in the preview of Bbuddah hoga tera baap today. Amitabh Bachchan at the age of 68 is the ‘baap’ of them all, in every sense of the word. When the villain in the movie Prakash Raj exclaims with absolute enthrallment ‘Baap re Baap’ at a Harley Davidson strutting Amitabh Bachchan, one cannot help but utter exactly the same words with absolute enchantment.

Amitabh Bachchan is back, the way I wished to see him. I have missed seeing him like this in all these years. He has the swagger, he is oozing with ambrosial appeal and majority of his dialogues are cocky, potent and virile! It almost appears as if the director Mr Puri Jagannath has read our minds, he has gift wrapped and delivered Amitabh Bachchan to us on celluloid. The perfect Christmas present that has arrived five months early and we celebrate it this monsoon. If you are an ardent Bachchan fan, this is the movie for you. An absolute entertainer where the second half builds up at a fast tempo and the dialogues between Prakash Raj (the villain) and Amitabh Bachchan in the penultimate scene is a riot. An apt choice by Puri to cast the multi faceted Prakash Raj for the villainous role. The story develops at a perky cadence in the first half with a nice little twist and then moves more rapidly in the second half. The ‘Go Meera Go’ number is fun and Abhishek’s rap is infectious. The famous baritone voice delivers “ Haal e dil” to utmost perfection. The Punjabi hit number too is one most anticipated. The movie is an all out entertainer and adequate garnishing of southern flavours have befittingly spiced up the movie to deliver a nice fusion. My favourite part of the movie is where Bachchan sings a couple of lines from the popular Tamil ‘kuthu’ song “ Appadi podu podu”.

Bbuddah allows you to sit in a time capsule and it takes you back in time, to the time when the angry young man dominated the annals of Hindi cinema and set it ablaze, the jubilee times, the times of Bachchan mania. It is even clearer today why and what the magic has been about. It revolves around one man. Very few Actors dominate entirely with their screen presence and Bachchan does this consistently. The Director has done well to ensure that the supporting cast have been provided reasonable fuel to race along with Bachchan. After Bachchan, it is undoubtedly Prakash Raj that aces his role.

The other part is the Bbuddah campaign by itself, which has been rather interesting. Amitabh Bachchan has a sincere fan following and it has been intriguing to observe what some of them have done in the last few weeks for their idol. His loyal fans, (his extended family) are spread out in different parts of the world and have mobilized themselves, distributing T-shirts, stickers and posters of the movie. An innovative way has been developed in Mumbai to promote the movie. Bachchan’s fans have mustered the local dabbawalas and have placed stickers on the lunch dabbas that have been distributed through Mumbai’s maze. The beach boys around Juhu and Gateway of India too wear Bbuddah T-shirts and sell their wares. Very few celebrities interact, appreciate and regularly communicate with fans and over the years, Amitabh Bachchan has successfully developed a platform where fans congregate and march with him, through thick and thin. This is the hallmark of graceful celebrities. The only other person in the industry who evokes similar sentiments is Rajnikanth. But for now, my senses are satiated with the Bachchan mania. Bachchan has proved in his stylish way, he is indeed the Baap of them all. I again exclaim like Prakash Raj “ Baap re baap”!

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12 Responses to “Bbuddah – Baap re baap…”

  1. Wooooooooow, you met him personally….Many Congratualtions then…Pls upload the pics…Eager to see…
    Will read the post now…

  2. The last paragraph was the clincher. No doubt, about the movie and fans’ desperation to see Big B in his old and lethal form but what the marketing strategy did was of absolute importance. The way movie was advertised, made people really curious. Additionally, it showed the modern teens why 25+ age category is so enamored with Mr. Bachchan.

    Beautifully expressed. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Hey Sharmila,

    You met The Big B in person ! i envy you completely !

    Yet to watch the movie. Will do it soon !

  4. Sharmila,

    I’m happy that you got to ‘really’ meet your Lion King and spend time with him. I remember you having met him briefly at Macau for the first time. Looking forward to the pics.

    All I can add to what you said about AB is that they don’t make them like Amitabh Bachchan any more. B-HTB proves this all over again.

    Melwyn

  5. vishalbheeroo Says:

    hey Sharmila
    super like AB is too gud in BHTP and since Im a die hard Bachchan fan..its icing on the cake..no words express Mr Bachchan acting..acting ka asli baap aur hoga bhi hanin
    gonna subscribe to ur blog.
    Cheers
    Vishal

  6. Renita.. Says:

    Hi Sharmila,

    Waiting to see the pics of Big b and You.. Pls do write abt the experience.

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