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By Taran Adarsh, January 1, 2010 – 12:31 IST

Surprise, surprise, surprise! Sometimes, the expectations from a movie are zilch, but what unfolds on screen is beyond expectations. It surprises you, to put it simply.

On face-value, BOLO RAAM looks like it’s straight out of 1970s cinema. A movie with predictability written all over it. A movie that carries zero hype and matches it with zero content. But BOLO RAAM isn’t archaic, isn’t the usual masala, isn’t zero content.

A remake of the Tamil film RAAM [2005; starring Jeeva, Saranya, Rehman, Murali], BOLO RAAM has an interesting plot with an engaging screenplay that compels you to look at the screen for most parts of the movie. But, of course, there’re hiccups. A few non-actors and a done to death climax could’ve been avoided.

BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

Raam [Rishi Bhutani] is charged with the murder of his mother Archana [Padmini Kolhapure]. Raam falls into a state of shock, brief psychotic disorder, after his mother’s death and becomes silent, refusing to talk or react in any manner.

The investigating officer, Indrajeet Singh Rathi [Om Puri] is puzzled and unable to make Raam speak. He consults a psychiatrist, Dr. Negi [Naseeruddin Shah], to determine the cause of Raam’s state of mind and the reason for his silence.

Rathi interrogates various personalities for the case, questioning Raam. Every possible motive that Raam might have for murdering his mother is explored. Furthermore, Raam’s neighbours, Sub-Inspector Sajid Khan’s [Govind Namdev] daughter Juhi [Disha Pandey] and son Sameer [Krishan Khatra], are summoned by Rathi for interrogation. Will his silence solve the puzzle?

Without wasting any time, BOLO RAAM takes off from its opening titles itself. The story goes back and forth, several new characters are introduced, but the narrative stays faithful to the main plot. The best is reserved for the second half. Layer after layer is peeled with expertise. The viewer is keen to know the identity of the killer and that’s when the film fumbles and tumbles.

The culprit’s track is sloppy and a major put off. In fact, the circumstances that lead to the murder are quite amateurish and look far from convincing. Surely, the writer could’ve thought of a better culmination. Also, the one-sided love affair is functional.

Debutante director Rakesh Chaturvedi ‘Om’ makes a confident debut, although he should’ve cast some better actors for key roles. There’s not much scope for music [Sachin Gupta] in the film and hence, just one song merits mention – ‘Maa Tere Jaisa’. The background score [Sanjay Chowdhury] deserves special mention.

Newcomer Rishi Bhutani does a commendable job. He oozes confidence, despite sharing the same frame with accomplished actors. Om Puri gets into the skin of his character and is impressive, while Padmini Kolhapure is a pleasure to watch after a long gap. She is beautifully restrained. Naseeruddin Shah has a brief role and the veteran does it well. Govind Namdev is very good.

Rajpal Yadav is wasted. Both Disha Pandey and Krishan Khatra are non-actors. Manoj Pahwa does his usual act.

On the whole, BOLO RAAM has decent merits [hence those 2 stars], but the problem is its wrong release timing. It won’t stand a chance in front of a hurricane called 3 IDIOTS.

Pratik, who chooses not to use his parents’ surname, Patil or Babbar, (that’s how his maternal grandmother wants it),
By Meena Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 25, 2009)
On Sunday night, the Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na scene-stealer created a flutter when he appeared as the showstopper for designer Kunal Rawal at the Fashion Week. Mumbai Mirror caught up with the young actor for an exclusive chat.Kiran Rao’s Dhobi Ghat is your next release?
Yes, the movie is complete but it will release sometime next year. Kiran recently had a traumatic incident (a miscarriage) and at present things are on hold. I guess the film should come around July next year. The experience of working with Aamir Khan was great.

You’ve also been signed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali?
Yes. The film should start in December.

There’s an element of mystery around you. You are hardly seen?
Even I keep thinking about it. I’m wondering if everyone is all over the place, why am I not there. If everyone is running a rat race, I keep asking myself why I am not doing the same. Anyway, I’m happy I walked the ramp. Kunal Rawal is a friend. When he broached the subject of me walking the ramp, I was hesitant. Now I’m happy we nailed it.

Post Jaane Tu… Imran Khan and Genelia D’Souza created quite a stir. What happened to you?
I retreated into my shell for some reason. Then I got around to reading scripts. Out of 10, I found five exciting, five awful. If the first 10 pages  don’t excite me, then I can’t read further. I’m a passion-driven guy. I’d love to play super-hero in a film.

Currently, what is a normal day in your life like?
I wake up at 6am and hit the gym by 7am. I like exercising because I’m excited about the results. I like the way my body looks now. When I get home, I shower and eat my head off. Then it is two hours of Hindi lessons from my tutor, Prakash Bhardwaj. After that it is two hours of yoga. At 9pm, I’m pooped and don’t want to do anything more.

Would you like to do theatre?  Your sister Juhi is into theatre.
I love the stage. I do follow the work Juhi does.

Do you meet Juhi and Arya often?
No. I only go there when my dad (Raj Babbar) is in town. He is hardly in Mumbai these days. As I said earlier, my days are so packed. I don’t get a chance to do much else.

Surprising, because once upon a time you were  a party animal.
For a year, I partied hard. I would stay out of the house for 4-5 days in a row and would not take calls. And my aunt (Manya Patil) and my grandmother would be exasperated. They were like, ‘what are you up to, kid?’ Now I hate going out. In Mumbai, every place is so crowded. At a nightclub, you have to hold your drink in the air and try squeezing your way around. There are people sticking to you from all sides. Sometimes it gets terrible.

What is the weirdest rumour you heard about yourself recently?
Ha, I read somewhere that I was dating an 18-year-old girl from South Mumbai. I don’t know any 18-year-old girls. I have to find out the girl I’m supposed to be dating.

And what is your latest indulgence?
My latest buy and passion is my silver (C-class) Mercedes. It has black interiors. Ideally I’d have liked a black Merc. But a black one comes with beige interiors. Beige feels old.  On second thoughts, I should have got myself an Audi A-4.



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