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Movie Review: Bhagam Bhag

February 2007
Movie Review: Bhagam Bhag

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Govinda, Paresh Rawal, Lara Dutta

Director: Priyadarshan

Music director: Pritam

The Priyadarshan-Akshay-Paresh combination has never worked as well as it did in Hera Pheri, simply because there has never been a story as well conceived. It's the flimsy storyline again that lets this film down. Otherwise, it keeps you entertained with its humour, slick pace and good casting.

The first half of the film is breezy and keeps you in splits. The escapades of Akshay, Govinda and Paresh are truly hilarious. Just remember though, to keep your logic in suspended animation and you will thoroughly enjoy their antics. In the second half, the movie transforms from a comedy into a murder mystery and that's where it begins to fumble. The sequence of events that lead to the climax are not convincing enough and the climax itself is a huge let-down. You come out of the hall wishing Priyadarshan had stuck to the comic track till the end. A whodunit certainly doesn't seem to be his forte.

Akshay Kumar of course is becoming a master at tickling the funny bone, repetitive though he might be. Govinda too is good and has lost none of his comic timing but he looks aged and even obese. Only Rajpal Yadav comes close to the inimitable Paresh Rawal in raising guffaws in a subtle way. Thrown in for good measure is Tanushree Dutta, though for a teasingly short while before the other Dutta damsel, Lara, takes over. Jackie Shroff is mechanical and Arbaaz Khan hardly gets any scope to perform.

Music is average except for the Pyaar Ka Signal number, which is pure dance-floor material.

On the whole, Bhagam Bhag is enjoyable fare and makes for a good laugh. Worth one watch.

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