Direction: Abhinav Kashyap
We have come to expect a certain amount of discretion and class when Ranbir Kapoor decides to do a film and it rankles when we realize that his latest work disappoints on various accounts. Ranbir does his best to rise above a flimsy plot but he gets no support from the other quarters.
Abhinav Kashyap’s storytelling might not be nuanced but it usually promises to deliver on the entertainment quotient. However, the director falls short even on this account. While the first half of ‘Besharam’ holds promise, the second half quickly slips into a drag. The humour is forced and the romantic track falls flat with zero chemistry between the film’s lead pair Ranbir and Pallavi Sharda.
Pallavi Sharda tries to play a feisty Punjabi kudi but comes across as loud, screechy and rude. With little grace and even lesser appeal she is no match for Ranbir, who oozes charm even when the role requires him to behave crass. Her sudden change of emotions from sheer condescension to affection for Babli (Ranbir) feels abrupt and contrived.
The director spends too much time trying to recreate nostalgic romance but the Rishi-Neetu subplot just doesn’t take off, leave alone make any impression. Seems like way too much effort went into casting the Kapoors together, the director meanwhile forgot that the script needed some attention too.
Jaaved Jaaferi is completely wasted in a role that fails to cash in on his exceptional comic timing. His villainous role in this film almost reduces him to a caricature.
The music score by Lalit Pandit adds nothing to narrative and except the title track, doesn’t have a single hummable number.
Ranbir alone makes ‘Besharam’ watchable, approaching this film with complete sincerity and proving that he can even make shoddy writing look good.
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