Bittoo Boss

wogma rating: Add to that never-watched 'To Watch' list (?)

quick review:

Bittoo Boss has a couple insights about society and its outlook towards porn and sex. But it puts these points across in a dull, jerky manner and often without energy. Not discardable, neither enjoyable.

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Director: Supavitra Babul
Running time: 130 minutes
Genres: Comedy
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Something about the very first look of Bittoo Boss gave an uneasy, eeky feeling. Whether it was the crassness of the lead actor, Pulkit Samrat or the familiar setting of a wedding related profession, a la Band Baaja Baaraat, I haven't been able to pin it. It's not that I don't mind some everyday, real-life like humor, but I dread watching repetition which might be worse than what they are trying to imitate.

While I sympathize with the filmmakers for having to suffer the wrath of the censor board which didn't certify a trailer of the film because of an innuendo, I must say I don't like this kind of humor at all. It's just, my favorite word for the day, eeky.


It turns out that Bittoo Boss is produced by the producers of Pyaar Ka Panchnama. The good news is that, I'd consider my time and money well-spent for one scene like the monologue in Pyaar Ka Punchnama. The bad news obviously is that the producers might have had nothing to do with how that scene turned out.

Also, none of the promo material tells you anything about the central conflict and thus Bittoo Boss comes across as a regular rom-com where the comedy relies heavily either on loud Punjabiness or crassness. Hopefully some of that attempt at humor will turn into a good laugh; there are a couple of lines in the promos that suggest some spontaneous wit, as in spontaneously said by the character and well-timed by the actor.

Meanwhile, the music seems more of the typical bhangra - the typical end credit song or the even more typical starry-eye romantic song; though I must say I loved Pulkit Samrat's energy in the dances. Hopefully some of that will also show in the rest of the film.

Music Reviews:
Milliblog - "Raghav’s iterative music isn’t really heading anywhere or helping much."
Music Aloud - "5.5/10"
dunkdaft - "passable soundtrack that must work for the movie"
Bollyspice - "4/5"
Apun Ka Choice - "3.5/5"
Bollywood Hungama - "3.5/5"

wogma presents ''Bittoo ne le li" contest in association with Bollywood and Fashion.
Bittoo ko lene do photo, tum tshirt jeeto! Bass, tell us "Bittoo ne kis char-recter ki sab se achhi" and win exciting t-shirts!

- meeta, a part of the audience

Bittoo Boss feels like a vehicle that is approaching the end of its life. It troubles you while taking off, giving you a sinking feeling that it's not going to run at all. Then it suddenly kick-starts, and just when it looks like it could give some mileage, it jerks and stalls before finally dying on you. Given that Bittoo Boss wants to awaken its audience to the vanity of the porn industry, the narrative it uses is alternately decent and preachy. And the latter is where it gets annoying, not to mention what happens between the two is amateur and leap frog-ish, jumping from point A to point B without using a reasonably understandable flow.

For example, the way the lead lady, Mrinalini (Amita Pathak) falls in and out of love is unconvincing each time it happens - both the ins and the outs. Similarly, our man Bittoo's (Pulkit Samrat) choice of career change is rather sudden given his ideologies thus far. Yet, what happens after this, is a tiny bit unpredictable in that typically a hero whose self-respect has been hurt in the name of money, would usually fall prey to all the no-nos before realizing it's not him. But Bittoo is rather self-aware in comparison. This is a pleasant surprise and he wriggles his way out smoothly even if it is a little too easily.

There was something about Pulkit Samrat that didn't gel well with me in the promos, but he sort-of grows on me in a very Ranveer Singh, a la Band Baaja Baaraat kind-of a way. Except for his hair, even though my brain told me often enough that that's what a lad from the interiors who thinks he's cool, would think is cool. There are moments in the second half where Pulkit shows his care for other characters with the warmth in his eyes. That it was very sudden and in the face, is a totally different issue.

Amrita Pathak, acted well, but also constantly reminded me of my struggle between being unhappy with only good-looking people in the lead and having to sit 2+ hours looking at not-so good-looking people as a part of the audience. The problem here was also, that the lady doesn't have that screen presence which could have covered up for the non-glamorous persona she has. The quirky cabbie-cum-assistant that Bittoo enrolls in the second half looks awful and yet has an awesome screen presence. That actor (name anyone? - Ashok Pathak, thanks for the information Pradeep!) is one of the takeaways for me from Bittoo Boss, despite being sleazy.

Another takeaway, is the subtle way in which Bittoo Boss tries to point out that there is a lot beyond sex that goes on in a bedroom and that is where the crux of our emotions lie. And that sex is the most innocent expression of all. Agree or disagree, a pretty insightful thing for a film to try to say.

Unfortunately, Bittoo Boss also ends up getting preachy about it. That and that it goes haywire in the last twenty minutes with all sorts-of new dimensions being added to the mix. Moreover, the entire film misses a zing, an energy (that shows only in the first song) that can hold attention.

wogma presents ''Bittoo ne le li" contest in association with Bollywood and Fashion.
Bittoo ko lene do photo, tum tshirt jeeto! Bass, tell us "Bittoo ne kis char-recter ki sab se achhi" and win exciting t-shirts!

- meeta, a part of the audience

35 reviewers(?) - 3 yays 11 so-so 21 nays

Warning: clicking on "full review" will take you to an external website that could contain spoilers.

Thumbs up, Buzz in Town : ...This is a film that's breezy but never stormy in its impact. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...He’s not as charming as Ranveer Singh, but the man looks like a real acting talent. His co-star and leading lady Amita Pathak doesn’t look or feel like her part.... full review

Thumbs up, by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment : ...It is in those moments of tests that the real Bittoo comes to light and Pulkit’s even acting sees it through effortlessly.... full review

So-So, by Subhash K Jha, Apun Ka Choice : ...breezy but not stormy... full review

So-So, by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle : ...The high point of this low point is taxi driver Vicky (Ashok Pathak) who attaches himself to Bitto, as a scout and apprentice. ... full review

So-So, by Smita, Desi Martini : ...It wastes the promise it starts on and the lack of chemistry between the lead pair does not help matters.It tires to do a Band baaja baraat and fails. ... full review

So-So, by Mehul Suri, Desi Martini : ...A confusing story with a directionless vision is lifted by some good acting by Pulkit Samrat and some great dialogue writing.... full review

So-So, by Blessy Chettiar, DNA : ...You can see it’s made with love. The intention is honest and debutant director Supavitra Babul’s vision of an entertainer (under parental guidance) comes through.... full review

So-So, by Deepa Gahlot, Film Impressions : ...The biggest problem with the film is the complete lack of spark in the supposedly life-changing romance between Bittoo and a fickle rich girl Mrinalini (Amita Pathak, not meant for glamorous roles)... full review

So-So, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...'d be giving away too much if I went into how this film ditches the quirky potential of its premise, and instead goes down a silly, sanctimonious path. ... full review

So-So, Movie Talkies : ...The screenplay and script however is weak and the director seemed to be in a hurry to make the lead characters fall in love... full review

So-So, by Raja Sen, Rediff : ...Ashok Pathak is scene-stealingly good as Bittoo's randy right-hand-man, and Rajinder Sethi is reliable as ever.... full review

So-So, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...The dialogue is entertaining but overwritten.... full review

So-So, by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu : ...Bittoo Boss as a film is exactly like the video Bittoo shoots. A little rough around the edges, not the most technically accomplished, it captures all the singing and dancing and feel good no matter how ugly the behind-the-scene action of real life gets.... full review

Thumbs down, by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...The interesting premise is let down by a patchy screenplay and inconsistent casting though.... full review

Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks : ...Pulkit Sharma making his big screen debut is confident for sure but he gets less marks after his obvious comparison with Ranveer’s portrayal of a similar character in BBB. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...a clear case of unfulfilled promises.... full review

Thumbs down, Daily Bhaskar : ...We do not recommend you watching it even if you’re having a bad day.... full review

Thumbs down, by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini : ...The biggest flaw with BB however, is the improbably impish script and amateur direction. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Kshitij, Desi Martini : ...the film is a drag. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Aakanksha Naval-Shetye, DNA : ...The film picks and loses pace at regular intervals... full review

Thumbs down, by Nupur Barua, : ...Given that the movie is set in Punjab, there is a lot of colour in the production design, although there is nothing outstanding about the way the movie has been shot.... full review

Thumbs down, by Martin D'Souza, : ...Amita Pathak has made tremendous improvement since her debut film HAAL-E-DIL. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Divya Solgama, : ...Mohan Kapoor and Rajinder Sethi are strictly ok. One might like Vikky the cab driver.... full review

Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...a scrawny lascivious fellow who goes by the name of Vicky (Ashok Pathak) with a `setting’ in each town, is a hoot. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes : ...the pun in the trailer doesn't transcend into fun in the film. Bittoo Boss is not bad but boring cinema.... full review

Thumbs down, by Mrigank Dhaniwala, koimoi : ...Watch Bittoo Boss if you want to see a debut making director’s honest effort. But do not expect to be entertained a lot.... full review

Thumbs down, by Udita Jhunjhunwala, Live Mint : deserving special mention is Ashok Pathak. As Vicky, the driver who later becomes Bittoo’s assistant director, he is at once funny, sleazy and pitch-perfect.... full review

Thumbs down, by Shakti Shetty, MiD DAY : ...Pulkit Samrat who plays Bittoo couldn’t have asked for a better debut considering he was last seen in a saas-bahu soap. He exhibits raw potential and unlike his co-stars, restrains himself from overacting.... full review

Thumbs down, by Mansha Rastogi, Now : ...The entire porn film angle is executed haphazardly and the way the film culminates to its climax is completely illogical too.... full review

Thumbs down, by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST : ...Amita Pathak despite being the producer's daughter doesn't get enough screen presence. Even at that, her acting is neither impressive nor attention grabbing.... full review

Thumbs down, by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India : ...Ashok Pathak as Bittoo's sidekick, overacts. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Reel Reptile, Upper Stall : ...Their decision to resort to the ‘Love, Sex Aur Dhokha’ way in seedy Shimla Honeymoon hotels makes for an interesting premise. But again, there is only sparks of promise, and the effect of some poignant scenes fizzle out as soon as we head towards a badly-contrived, badly-written, badly-filmed climax sequence ... full review

Thumbs down, by Kunal Guha, yahoo! India : ...‘Bittoo Boss’ is a bit too much of what the director believes works. It subscribes to the 'formula' with little thought to application. A bit too bore is more like it.... full review

Thumbs down, Zee News : ...Amita Pathak and Pulkit Sharma barely make it to the cut. ... full review

46 tweeters(?) - 11 yays 11 so-so 24 nays

VivekVKumar: Fresh talent is entertaining.. Bittoo Boss!

TankAshmita: Bittoo boss is very nice movie i really like pulkit samrat

sweetshonasonia: bittoo boss is too cute...n it al owes too pulkit samrat.hez too cute.......

souravmukherj13: Bittoo BoSS...Good watch...funny - specially d driver in Shimla- atlast-Lesson oriented- d concept has a difference like "Pyar ka Punchnama"

NetGuyVikas: If you enjoy great characters, watch Bittu Boss!!

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hriday_sharma: I have seen bittoo boss. It is a good movie.

DailyPostIndia: 'Bittoo Boss' endearing, likeable (Movie Review) #BittooBoss #Bollywood

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thewordjockey: My twitview abt Bittoo Boss: decent watch with a cliched first half but not a bad twist in second half. Average. Could hv been made better.

SudhishKamath: Bittu Boss: Fairly good plot let down by weak support cast & clumsy ending. Sparkles in the middle. Had more potential but watch. 6/10

singhcd: Bittoo Boss -(cont.)The story itself has some kind of freshness to it, though things get undone at times due to loose screenplay(cont.)

realmaharaja: Movie Review : Bittoo Boss : Movie Reviews: It is a likeable film. You can sit through it and even h... #Bollywood

rathod_hiren: Bittoo Boss, decent effort.. Slow movie..

pankajk14: Bittoo Boss - lovely chemistry between Pulkit Sharma & Amita Pathak. Direction: good job but the story fails. Music ok. BB 2 on 5 Mirchis.

gosaliaanuj: 2.5/5 stars in our Tub-Sized movie review of #BittooBoss

girishmallya: Bittu Boss was just about ok, nice casting n styling but movie drags n story is weak. Will try n catch battleship tomm

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BollywoodKuwait: ★★★ - Bittoo Boss Review -

ankur512512: Movie: Bittoo Boss Rating: 2.5/5

Vivek_Chandra: Reasons y u shud watch "Bittoo Boss": 1.U hv AIDS & some baba says that's a cure. 2.Ur appraisal is due and boss insist. 3.U r torchmen!!

Sharanyashetty6: REVIEW : bittoo boss total DISASTER TRAGEDY! Sucks 0.5/5 !!! Don't watch!

RAGHUWANSH: bittoo boss will enforce u, to tear ur chair or tear ur hair !

prdyt: Bittoo Boss. Don't.

nachiket: Bittoo Boss D Ka! That's it. I reviewed the movie already. #thankyou

Knowpany: Earthquake.Friday the 13th.Bittoo boss.Bad week. *sigh*

klnithin: BITTOO BOSS movie review by Rating: 1.5 stars. BITTOO BOSS is a good opportunity lost.

JhanviDhawan: So today was a bittoo boss day! Eew. Don't go for the movie. Plz.

jatin1951: Bittoo boss is the worst movie of the year

ITVNewz: Bittoo Boss lacks in content and imagination it here....

I_m_YedaAnna: the makers of Pyar ka Punchnama couldn't get the charm back with Bittoo Boss

hypnosh: Bittoo Boss is the kind of film that scares me, that if I get around to making my first film, will it turn out as bad? #1LineReview

HitenVithalani: bittoo boss deserves **,only actor pulkit samrat is heavy on the movie,and story,direction whole theme of this movie is flop..

GeekMoney: Yup 1* @divya_moorjani: Is Bittoo Boss actually rateable????

gaaurishankar: Bittoo boss why they made ths film .....very bad film only savng part is ashok pathak actor who entrd n 2nd half d film ....

Crassification: Bittoo Boss : Yet another reason for 'why Bollywood movies would never transcend as much as Hollywood counterparts.'

ConfusedAatma: Bittoo Boss! Dont watch even if u get free tickets 4 it.. :|

chhotahazri: #BittooBoss is a bit too goody-goody My review on @firstpostin y

bhartibedi: Bittoo Boss. Whattey crappy movie. #

ashutosh074: Just watched Bittoo Boss....There is nothing new in the movie n movie is boring..

AnksReview: Bittoo Boss is a crapy movie; gosh what I was thinking. Its not even worth a review

agarwalnaina: 0 stars ! *_* RT @_BollywoodLover Bittoo Boss . Reviews ?

abhijeetrao: Bittu boss #sobad

aaapchutiyehain: A guy named #bittoo boss jst stole my 160 bucks and handed me a crap.

2 readers - 0 yays 0 so-so 2 nays

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This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: A couple of slaps.
  • Language: A few innuendoes.
  • Nudity & Sexual content: The central theme of the second half and constant refences in the first half to how lucrative the business of porn is. But no explicit scene as such, except for a liplock and a end credit song with skimpily clad women.
  • Concept: The value of emotions over money, power and fame.
  • General Look and Feel: Very ordinary, nothing jazzy nor dark about the way the film looks.

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Running time:
130 minutes

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@Pradeep thank you! :)

Empty theater dampened my spirits, as I waked in hoping for at least something watchable. Bitoo Boss, sadly, is a let down. It felt like watching a B-grade film. The subject is good but not enough to make you want to come to the theaters. Honestly, it's not even worth your time on the DVD except for Pulkit Samrat (of ....Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi fame where he had a tiny role). He was the only USP of the film and the one reason I went to watch BB. Amita Pathak is disappointing. There's no doubt she can act well but I'm not sure I'd even like to watch her on the small screen. If there's an award for the worst couple award, it indisputably goes to our lead pair.

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