Bachchan Pandey' Review: Tedious and unconvincing

Film: 'Bachchan Pandey' Rating: 2/5 Cast: Akshay Kumar, Kriti Sanon, Jacqueline Fernandez, Arshad Warsi, Prateik Babbar, Pankaj Tripathi and Seema Biswas.

How a budding director, Myra (Kriti Sanon) from Mumbai, along with her actor-friend Vishu (Arshad Warsi), decides to make a biopic on him and land in Bhagwa, and what ensues, forms the crux of this film that stretches for two and half hour

The film is replete with caricatures and appears more like a dark comedy, as the humour is often garbed in gore, only with some supposedly witty one-liners coming to the rescue.

The plot appears decent, but its ambitious treatment adds to the confusion. The scenes are needlessly stretched and the violence is a determined effort. 

The first half of the film, although overstated, at least appears credible, establishing Bachchan Pandey's character, but post-interval, the film makes for tedious viewing. 

In the final act, factors such as Bachchan's love life with Sophie (Jacqueline Fernandez), who's killed, the betrayal by his boss (Mohan Agashe), and his mother (Seema Biswas), who has stopped speaking to him for the past 10 years, appear to be forced attempts to add melodrama, and evoke sympathy for Pandey.  

The music is anything but melodious. It is jarring and only contributes to the gory tenor of the film. 

Arshad Warsi, who plays Vishu, an actor struggling to fulfil his father's unfulfilled dream of making it big, shines in parts.