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Yet another of those insipid, loud, occasionally-crass films that go under the garb of masala entertainment.Read more
Ranbir Kapoor in an Action-Romantic-Comedy - hadn't really seen that coming. That too, one that is very *Dabangg-like in its treatment. The trailer proudly introduces the protagonist as - badmaash, awara, robdar, hoshiyar and of course besharam (naughty, tramp, regal, smart/intelligent). And all I could think of while watching it was - letch! The kind that would creep a woman out from the core.
It took a while to register that Ranbir Kapoor is playing such a character. A realisation that came with mixed feelings. Maybe, just maybe there is some larger purpose behind this. Or maybe it's just his attempt at playing an action hero. Oh well.
It will be a pleasure though to watch Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh back together. Even so, I see myself walking into the theater very apprehensively. The songs aren't too inviting either, despite Ranbir Kapoor's energy and charm.
glamsham - "4/5"
koimoi - "2.5/5"
Milliblog - "that’s two winners for Lalit in an otherwise staid soundtrack!"
Indian Express - "1.5/5"
Mumbai Mirror - "Basically, same old, shame old."
rediff - "3/5"
- meeta, a part of the audience
I guess every star worth his salt should have a typical potboiler to his name - one which makes no sense plot-wise, but insists on claiming that it has one; one which likes to believe that it entertains with toilet and sex humor; one which has a lame song every 15-20 minutes. Besharam is that film for Ranbir Kapoor.
The worst bit is that it doesn't do this typical stuff with conviction. Everything from the villain's tyranny to the hero's unabashed personality via the lead lady's pretentiousness seems very well calculated and squeezed in to fit a formula.
What's more, this must be first of Ranbir Kapoor's films where you just cannot forget that it is him on screen. It doesn't help that his parents feature in the film as a couple; even though the three of them together Ranbir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh do their best to infuse energy into a spark-less script. It is their comic timing that brings the few laughs that the dialogue allow. That besides, they have pretty much made fools of themselves in a couple of scenes. Pallavi Sharda's presence doesn't bring in any sparkle either. Javed Jaffrey only adds his well-known poor puns.
Then again, maybe the blame should be reserved for the writing department. I sat there feeling pretty much insulted that the makers thought this would go down as story/characters/dialogue for us, as an audience. It's not only the predictability of how the different worlds of Mr. Besharam's personality come together or the lack of a peak point. It is as much the feeling that minimum effort was put into thinking about these attributes. Even the action sequences and songs are rather generic.
Sure, there is an attempt at being fresh by including bold and crass dialogue. You also have your typical film references strewn across - from Sholay to DDLJ to of course, Dabangg. But, can these lines work when the overall plot is as run-down as it was a couple of decades ago? A soft-cornered Robin Hood-like hero; a woman who so easily falls for the guy after putting up oh-so-much resistance; a comic relief track. In fact, the mix is worsened by an uninterested villain.
Maybe people who can watch Ranbir Kapoor do anything will have a good laugh with him in this one. But, are a star's fans doing justice to his talent by liking films that they wouldn't want the star associated with, in general?
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Swayamsrestha Kar , Fully Hyderabad : ...Besharam is going to be big. People living under Pluto-sized rocks have heard of the film. But we are quietly celebrating the fact that Bollywood now has its own Jim Carrey.... full review
So-So, by Prateeksha Khot, Bolly Spice : ...Abhinav manages to keep Ranbir in almost every frame of the movie and not without reason. The movie rides on him and him alone along with the added performances of the sub cast. If you are a Ranbir fan do watch it. If you like over the top masala movies, do watch it.... full review
So-So, Daily Bhaskar : ...The only thing that you will like about Javed Jaffrey in the film is that he has become fitter. Otherwise, as a villain, he is nor dangerous neither clever. Watch Besharam for Ranbir Kapoor and witty one liner.... full review
So-So, by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle : ...Doubtlessly, this actor loves the camera. And the camera loves him back. Because of that rare interaction, you come out of 'Besharam', feeling elated.... full review
So-So, by Vinayak Chakravorty Read more at: http://indiato, india today : ... Ranbir Kapoor's Besharam ambition is clear-cut. He wants you to snub all that has defined Bollywood superstardom over two decades now. He is the in-thing, and he wants to underline that fact. Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/review-besharam/1/312779.html... full review
So-So, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...Well the only dum this movie has is, some entertaining moments by Ranbir Kapoor along with his parents Rishi & Neetu Kapoor. Besides that, the movie is flooded with songs, unwanted scenes, dragging screenplay and weak story line.... full review
So-So, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...Besharam, rambunctious and robust, does not offer much by way of narrative novelty. But like Dabangg, it sets a crackling pace and does not flinch from the prospect of going over the edge in its pursuit of cheap thrills.... full review
Thumbs down, by Shweta Parande , Bollywood Life : ...At the most, Besharam is like a low-budget remake of a South Indian film. Nearing the end of the film, if you see Ranbir do the same stuff again and again, albeit without losing charm, you will still get bored.... full review
Thumbs down, by Deepanjana Pal, FirstPost : ...Thank heavens Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh accepted this film because they’ve bailed their son out this time. If Besharam had to woo audiences by relying upon its appalling script, dull dialogues, forgettable supporting cast, terrible soundtrack and Ranbir Kapoor, the film would be unwatchable.... full review
Thumbs down, Indicine : ...The trailers of Besharam disappointed a majority of the audience and the film doesn’t surprise us, unlike what Ranbir Kapoor was hoping for. It is overlong and unfunny and Ranbir Kapoor shows he can also ham it up if need be. Besharam could have done away with the lazy writing and the conceptualisation of the set-pieces could have done with a lot more imagination. Besharam disappoints and how!... full review
Thumbs down, by Nandini Ramnath, Live Mint : ...Kapoor is a star in the popular Hindi cinema mould and can command attention in the dreariest of moments, but even screen gods can’t convert water into wine. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY : ...I give half a star for Neetu Singh. Still a delight on screen, this actress deserves far better. In fact, the Kapoor couple are the ‘Jhansi ki Rani’ and ‘Tatya Tope’ of their acting field, only if they chose their battle more wisely. We hope to see this couple again in a movie with the kind of class that they deserve... full review
Thumbs down, by Roshmila Bhattacharya, Star Blockbuster : ... He’s already been budtameez and besharam, Ranbir can still go the Yahoo Kapoor way without becoming junglee or janwar. Blockbusters can come even without getting B-class. And we’re not talking Mercs here! - See more at: http://starblockbuster.com/movie-review-besharam#sthash.D21ebAg2.dpuf... full review
yashodhararoy: Besharam....good job!! #fun #movie
StudRohit23: #RK'S Magic all over :D #Besharam #AmazingMovie (Y)
Sh1vzroxx: #BESHARAM ~~~ Fun Movie To Watch!! Enjoyed it !!! #RK ROxxxxxxx
SekharGogoi: Besharam......full on besharam comedy wid slight emotion added bt which makes u very senti.....5 stars to RK Junior and Pallavi Sharma!!!!
prvnkmr_143: BESHARAM superb movie guysssss...........
JawaniHaiDiwani: Besharam is just a masala movie, don't expect too much. Go and have fun!
fatemabidi: I LOVED BESHARAM
faizabhombal: Not a big fan of ranbir kapoor... But fell in love with ranbir kapoor acting... Must watch BESHARAM
deepakgarg407: #Besharam nyc decent comedy film....ranbeer is awesome palavi shows how to put energy in dance....#ranbeer-rocks
CrazyDeewana: Interval of Besharam, it's not that bad as users are reviewing. Fun filled first half with witty one liners and good comedy.
Cal_Cul_s: 'Besharam' was epic funny !!!
avinashdosapati: today i am very happy becoz i watched besharam movie of my lovely cute ranbir kapoor's movie .. besharam movie is... https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=529940177080115&id=100001924131532
ali_bunny_wattu: besharam is superbbbbbbb
akshita0007: Haters go to hell :@ Ranbir kapoor You are amazing in Besharam :) The you nailed it :) So did your mum n dad :)
akshayrenukdas: #Besharam Loved It Lot .. Dhaansu Movie Hai.. Ful on fun.. maja aa gaya
AbhiNOW11: Besharam - Dhamakedhar entertainment
aamir52222: Besharam good movie #Besharam
suhanikohli21: #besharam : not that bad .. Senseless but sahi time pass
siddchops15: Besharam is an okay movie
pooja_pixielove: Though the concept and storyline was lil weak. Still Ranbir managed to make it a one time watch. #Besharam Rating : 2.5/5
nidhi_hasija: N yes .besharam wasnt THAT bad as d reviews! It was a senseless time pass! ! U cn definitely watch it once.
MeghaA_11: The Kapoors are what makes #Besharam worth a watch!!
MayurKashyap: #Besharam is an entertaining movie but there is nothing new in it. Watch it for Ranbir's super performance and entertainment
JGPhilip: Watched Besharam. Laughed during the first half. Laughed at the movie during the second.
DaniKKC: #Besharam is watchable
aakanshasingh54: Besharam .... movie.... eeeee... time pass movie..
Viv_Bag: #Beshram....i must be a fool.
vandanatilwani: Besharam - a complete waste of kapoor talent. DON'T WATCH!
UsUsk: #besharam is disappointing in comparison to the standards set by Ranbir Kapoor
ursRamin: Disaster of the Year #Besharam
UrsAnurag: Besharam is a torturous experience featuring a messy script & characters so annoying and unlikable :( http://www.survi.in/2013/10/abhinav-kashyaps-besharam-2013-movie.html#sthash.y2M5cSGv.Ra5ul8g7.dpuf -- @PavanSurvi
tejsur: beshram is pathetic i want my money back @RanbirKapoorFC
Tarin2810: Besharam#nonsense and should be torn and thrown away...!! Ranbir Dont be like Ritesh Desmukh...hoping hour next be good n serious...//
taneja_aastha: Extremely disappointed. Such a waste of time #Besharam
tabishhq: #Besharam sharminda kr di dosto ke saamne....worst movie
Snowflakes_16: Free Advice to evryone...dont watch #Besharam instead u may spend your money hanging out somwhere.. wat a waste of time it was
ShraddhaM_15: Besharam is quiet a let down. Still a lil enjoyable in parts only coz of the adorable Ranbir Kapoor..
ShortcutSam: Finally Got out of #Besharam.
sandipsabharwal: Besharam is a pathetic film. Its difficult to understand why whoever has made it has made it.Why is Ranbir Kapoor doing such useless movies?
Sadhuinjeans: Besharam is a pure shameless movie where audience / have taken for right sorry Ranbir it's shameful act
RoyalReema007: #Besharam What a #beshram work has done by him..:P
RitujaSingh1: #Besharam was truly dissapointing! But RK looks super cute. @RanbirKapoorFC
randomcards: There's bad. There's good. There's so good that it's bad. There's so bad that it's good. And then there is #Besharam
pvjayesh: #Besharam...not up2 d expectations ..#fail
priyujadeja: Besharam Film Warning - Watch it at Your Own Risk ! Review - ★ Totally Disappointing Movie. !
PriyanjaliGhosh: #Besharam you sucked so bad!Disappointed.Left the hall half way through the movie. #RanbirKapoor
priyamohit: Thank God I chose #DDLJ over #besharam! Lolz
prakharsfc09: Why the hell i end up in a Muvi that either suckxxx or is headache to me... Ghatiya and literally a beshram movie...
ppritam009: Save Money ! Have beer instead #Besharam
nvenkatr: You must be #Besharam 2 have a Besharam plot, Besharam acting & most importantly be Besharam 2 release on Gandhi's Birthday.
nikhilgulati89: #Besharam - pls avoid. 150 mins of sheer torture
NavinBajaj: I wonder how did Abhinav Kashyap become a director & what made Ranbir do this film! #Besharam is sheer waste of time. My rating 1/5
mzsheena92: Let's see if Besharam joins Himaatwala &Zanjeer as the WTF films of the year :P Don't understand what the makers/actors see in such films :O
MyHyness: Yougaiz I went to watch Besharam. I am sorry, don't hate me.
mrugank25: Bade #Besharam tarike se #Besharam bana dali hain #Besharam Director ne !!! Besharmi ki hadd hoti hai bhai !! #PPNH is better thn #Besharam
mohitschauhan: #Besharam - Not many movies have the innate power to bring your IQ down to equal your age. This is one such cinematic genius. #suicidal
megha_sh: #besharam is the #worst #Ranbir Kapoor #movie I have seen till now !!
mayankmadyrocks: #besharam worst movie of this year by far
Manashree_: #Besharam 4 out of 10. The first half was intolerable!
mahadar1: #Bakwas #movie #Besharam :s
LOLendraSingh: अभिनव कश्यप ने बेशरम में जैसे रणबीर कपूर को नहाते हुए दिखाया, वैसे ही अगर पल्लवी शारदा को दिखा देते तो शायद फिल्म चल भी जाती! #Besharam
lok_vora: #besharam - great effort by every member of besharam for being so much besharam to make worst movie of the year.. Must nit watch movie..
LimeIce: Besharam is one of the worst attempts at comedy. So disappointed with the joke of a movie.
Kuchh_Bhee: Statutory Warning: #Besharam is a pathetic movie.
KrutikaMGugale: #Besharam was one more disappointment. Bollywood you suck!
Kirtesh_Kuckian: Wat a bore movie #Besharam is. Came out at interval.. Couldnt make it till the end.. @kamaalrkhan
KartikMdgl: Why did I watch Besharam? :(
karthidcrazy: So #besharam was #bakwas
jesingpha: Watched #Besharam ! Disappointed that it dint live up to it's name; humour is just spattered insufficiently and inconsistently.
itsmeSelvan: just watched Besharam Film ...A Miss For Ranbir Kapoor ...Hugely Disappointed ...My Rating 1.75/5
itsmelikhith: U can define bad movies...to one extent u can even define horrible movies..but trust me u can't define #BESHARAM :|
IndifferentPoet: Cheap mindless trash. #besharam
Im_mr_attitude: Besharam "Na Samman Ka Moh, Na Apmaan Ka Bhay" #iambesharam @RanbirKapoorFC What a shame!
imrvshah: Such a waste of all the talents #Besharam
iam_piyyush: So Besharam estimates are slowly coming down as the day is coming to an end ..
henalsejpal: Saw #Besharam last night in the entire movie was forced to play #CandyCrush Highly pathetic movie! 1*/5 #disappointed
gulrayz: Avoid #Besharam. Save ur hard earned money. There are better ways to spend ur money.
GEETROCKKER: Watched Besharam...Ranbir worst film till date....Huge disappointment....
ganeriwalvishal: Badi besharmi se banaya gaya hain besharam movie... ek daam bakwas
er_gauravgulati: You need to be really #Besharam in spending your hard earned money to watch #Besharam
EruditeLaborer: I don't feel sorry for movies like Besharam. But i am mournful for those who write reviews for such films.
Distilledrunker: Bekar #besharam...Chennai express was better.
Dhruvness: There are three kind of movies. 1. Good movies. 2. Bad movies. 3. #Besharam
dabanggjafar: #Besharam --->> UTTER FLOP #KashyapDeservesIt ,,, #JaiHo @BeingSalmanKhan ki bolke jeelo kashyap ,,,kuch kaam milega jobless..!!!!
cric_champ: Even Amar Chitra Katha (Tinkle) stories are better than Besharam movie :P
chhaviraina: Besharam - Bakwaas and Boring !
chaturvedianu: Besharam worst movie I had ever seen and this is not expected from Ranbir Kapoor according to me.
ca_rsa: #besharam pathetic completely... Yakkkkk... #ranbir sharam kar be.. @RockStar @ReutersIndia
caringsomeone: Plzzzz royally avoid it #Besharam
BubleDewan: #besharam ..first #Ranbir movie I walked out of..Terrible!! Don't watch! #whyudothis !
bsandeep1: Watch #Besharam at Cine polis today ... Thinking now why the hell i watched ¿¿??
BollywoodROUTE: #Besharam is the biggest release of Ranbir Kapoor and turning out to be biggest disaster too
BishWishes: Super flop movie #Besharam battamez bhejafuse type horrible movie.. ..want d ticket money back!! Senseless yukky sshheeeee movie!
bharghav849: Besharam movie has everything that makes you feel u have successfully wasted ur money and time :-/
BeinNiteshKumar: #Besharam is a #Besharam movie . Ratings : 1/5.
ashutoshkumar85: Besharam....not even one time watch post interval
Aqibmjd: Worst movie I've ever seen. -.- #Besharam
AppyOfficial: People who are thinking to go and watch #Besharam, Please don't even think about it.
Ankangogoi: BEshArAm the FLOP film AKEBARE faltu lagile bey....
Amashi31: Besharam, what a misfire!
AkshatKedar: The only besharam in the movie is the director who dared to make such a shitty movie
ahappenstance: #Besharam another flop movie after #grandmasti ..b-wood show me the script
AdeebAkhyar: If you have nothing do to do this Weekend, well dont watch Besharam either...why tire your eyes and brain?
21centurie_kant: Galti ho gayi.....#Besharam dekh liya...... Mujhe mere paise wapas chahiye..
123crush: Bahiyat Besharam ....ho kya gaya hai ...absolute nonsense
Not Interested in Watching, by Anuj
Not Interested in Watching, by Samir
Not Interested in Watching, by soham
Want to Watch, by Fan
Yay! Thumbs Up, by movie4maza : movie is overall good.Ranbeer works very good.
Yay! Thumbs Up, by songs pk : One of Best Comdy Movies of 2013
So-So, by Full Movie : movie is overall good not very good. Ranbir Performance is so Cool
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