Babumoshai Bandookbaaz - External Reviews

wogma rating: Catch on DVD for sure (?)
quick review:

Raw in its treatment, this noir film starts of well but loses its way and doesn't end so.



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25 reviewers have given Babumoshai Bandookbaaz an average rating of 1.5/5.0 (?)

1 yays
11 nays
13 so-so

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So-So by Anna MM Vertticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Besides, Babumoshai Bandookbaaz, flawed though it is, comes as manna to a starving film buff in what must certainly be the worst year for Bollywood in the decade so far. It could have been better, of course, but it is fun enough to be forgiven its follies and indulgences. ... full review

Thumbs down by Gaurang Chauhan, Bollywood Hungama ...Vishal Vittal's cinematography is satisfactory. The small town mood is nicely captured by the lensman. Ashmith Kunder and Kushan Nandy's editing should have been smoother. Kiran Shyam Shroff's production design is authentic. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rohit Bhatnagar, Deccan Chronicle ...Babumoshai Bandookbaaz has only good performances to watch else the film is surely not worth your ticket price. Since there are two other big releases this Friday, pick this one only if you are an ardent Nawazuddin Siddiqui fan, because the film holds not much surety to entertain you. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rahul Bharadwaj, Desi Martini ...Avoid.Play carrom at home instead this weekend. ... full review

So-So by Shashank Shekharh, Desi Martini ...The movie is an ode to the Anurag Kashyap style of filmmaking. Watch it for the sheer brilliance of Nawazuddin Siddiqui, one of the better films this year. ... full review

So-So by Harshada Rege, DNA ...Watch it if you are a fan of this genre, but don't expect it to be another Wasseypur. ... full review

So-So by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Sadly, the film doesn’t quite do justice to its own potential and that definitely squanders the efforts of the actors. The second half of the film especially, feels a bit too contrived and indulgent. The themes and the underlying subtext of the film is notable. But this violent tale if killers and lovers isn’t quite as dark and delicious as it should have been.... full review

Thumbs down by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...Nawazuddin appears to be lapping up all the attention he is getting here and I wouldn’t grudge him that ego trip but his talent certainly has been wasted here. Don’t know what the writers and director of this movie were trying to say- or if they had anything worthwhile to say at all? ... full review

So-So by Vishal Verma, ...Certainly, BABUMOSHAI BANDOOKBAAZ is Kushan Nandy's most ambitious and technically his best film. The fascination to the radicalism of Anurag Kashyap is evident, there is nothing wrong in getting inspired but Kashyap had a clear point of view in GOW and RAMAN RAGHAV 2.0. Even after accepting its gimmicks, sensationalisms and hinterland exotica, the point of view behind BABUMOSHAI BANDOOKBAAZ is not clear, is it a black comedy on sharp shooters, or a morality lesson that crime doesn't pay? ... full review

So-So by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times ...But these moments can’t take away your attention from the shallowness of the entire facade. It’s a film pretending to be a stylishly raw gangster saga originated in the interiors of the Hindi heartland, but in reality, it’s nothing more than another attempt to look at the crime prone lower strata of society through a rose tinted glass. Sadly, Babumoshai Bandookbaaz never pierces our hearts. ... full review

Thumbs down by Suhani Singh, india today ...Babumoshai Bandookbaaz sticks to the crime drama template of guns, girls, sex and foul language, but ultimately like its hero runs short on ideas to keep the viewers hooked.... full review

Thumbs down by Ananya Bhattacharyal, india today ...Even at two hours, Babumoshai Bandookbaaz feels long and stretched. The rustic landscapes of Uttar Pradesh are captured well. The songs hinder the pace of the film, which any which way is pretty slow for all its activity.... full review

Thumbs down by Umesh Punwani, koimoi ...Music of the film is given by Gaurav Dagaonkar, Abhilash Lakra, Joel Dubba and Debjyoti Mishra. Too many cooks have spoiled the dish in this one. Ghungta feels like a typical, stereotyped item song. Barfani & Aye Saiyan, too, will not lure the music lover out from you. ... full review

So-So by UDITA JHUNJHUNWALA, Live Mint ...Nawazuddin Siddiqui reprises a character we have already seen him invent, perfect, and now simply redo. He’s fearless, arrogant and calm; he coldly shoots his targets, delivers dialogue for maximum effect, with a wicked smile teasing the corners of his mouth, swagger, fake Ray Bans and all. Goswami is a fitting sparring partner for Siddiqui and brings a likeable quality to his roguish Banke. Bag is sufficiently sensual, Dutta requisitely assertive. ... full review

So-So by Mayank Shekhar, MiD DAY ...Actually, come to think of it, if you took out all the characters and crime-history from Gangs Of Wasseypur, you’ll come close to this. Given what a masterpiece Gangs was, that’s a pretty good compliment by the way! ... full review

So-So by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...Nevertheless, Babumoshai Bandookbaaz is an entertaining ride for sure and if you are a Nawaz fan, the film will definitely be a treat for you... full review

So-So by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror ...Director Kushan Nandy takes on an ambitious story and tells it in a manner that packs in sudden jolts. But he invests more in stunts and comparatively lesser in establishing motives. This makes the film full of scenes which would make a crisp trailer but when stitched together, seem like a clunky collective of gimmicks. ... full review

Thumbs down by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Nawazuddin isn't at his best for he can be only as good as the script allows him to be. Bidita Bag makes a fair fist of her first Bollywood lead role. Jatin Goswami, too, makes his presence felt. Another proven actor who finds herself hard done by amid the mayhem is Divya Dutta. ... full review

Thumbs down by Kirti Tulsiani, ...Babumoshai Bandookbaaz, in short, is a dry film of love, lust and gunfire. Siddiqui and the cast deserve a better story to fall back on, perhaps. ... full review

Thumbs down by Manisha Lakhe, Now ...Of course, there are deaths because the two main characters are hitmen. But you don't know, or care who died. And they all do. Oops! But you shouldn't care about knowing what happens in the film. A bigger mystery is why an actor of Nawazuddin Siddiqui's calibre should fall for the old 'you will carry the film on your shoulders' trap... ... full review

Thumbs down by Prasanna D Zore, Rediff ...Babumoshai Bandookbaaz will be remembered as Nawazuddin's worst film yet. ... full review

So-So by Nandini Ramnath, ...Nandy parades an admirable bunch of venal characters, all of whom are perfectly played by the cast. Anil George’s menace is matched by Divya Dutta’s heartlessness. Although Bhagwan Tiwari has played the tainted man in khaki before, he is effective here as the corrupt police officer who keeps impregnating his wife in the hope that some day, she will deliver a daughter instead of a son. ... full review

Thumbs up Sify Movies ...Overall, the major asset of the film is that it succeeds in maintaining interest and suspense despite obvious foreknowledge of the outcome. ... full review

So-So by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu ...Women don’t have much to do other than being objects of desire. Divya Dutta does her level best to spit fire in a clichéd representation of politician. Things sail along on the performances — the dependable Nawaz and the otherwise little seen Jatin Gandhi. ... full review

So-So by Meena Iyer, Times of India ...Nawazuddin’s self-deprecating remarks and his seamless transformation from killer to lover is applause-worthy. Jatin Goswami’s impresses; his lean frame and interesting voice lend to his screen appeal. Bidita is an interesting find for Bollywood.... full review