Bamfaad Movie Review: Paresh Rawal's Son Aditya Makes an Impressive Debut in This Zee5 Film
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Bamfaad Movie Review: Paresh Rawal's Son Aditya Makes an Impressive Debut in This Zee5 Film

Bamfaad Movie Review: This film has the recycled yet raw energy of the small-town passion-play

  • Director Ranjan Chandel
  • Actor Aditya Rawal, Shalini Pandey, Vijay Verma

Call it a withdrawal symptom. But I was sure as hell happy to welcome this gripping if somewhat familiar mofussil love story about an Allahabad boy who falls for a girl who happens to be the local don’s  keep. Boy and Girl make  a  run  to the  nearest safe town.

Obviously, Sairat has  been streaming in Allahabad. The comfort of the  familiar is not what makes Bamfaad watchable.  It is  that recycled yet raw energy of  the smalltown passion-play that gives this feral romance a cutting edge.When we first meet the young hero Nasir (debutant Aditya Rawal),  he is an aimless and  brawl-friendly lout, a problem child for his worried parents who, for a change, are no walkover. In fact Nasir’s dad (played with  marvellous restrain by Vijay Kumar) is a powerful town-member so that when Nasir flips for the don’s girl, the tussle that ensues is not one  between  the the have and  the have-not.Nor  do we get  into a Hindi-Muslim tangle  here, though  a creepy cop , after  a sequence where the  fugitive  lovers are humiliated in  hotel room  a la that brilliant Haryanvi film G Kutta Se, does mention ‘Love Jihad’

There is a more delicately drawn  power-play at work in this drama than we generally see in films about star-crossed lovers. This is a story that wants to be told. And it gives its truckload of characters ample breathing space to  grow into a substantial drama. I wish director Ranjan Chandel had avoided the songs which don’t only break the metre  of  the  sanguinary tale but also remind us that at the end of  the day a film is  film  is a film…

The two youngsters  do well for themselves. It won’t be  right to  declare  the lanky Aditya  Rawal a chip of  the old (Paresh Rawal) block yet. But he conveys a certain sincerity in his anguish and an anguish in  his moments of sincerity. Shalini Pandey who  got slapped around by Vijay Deverakonda in Arjun Reddy gets gets roughed  up by  Vijay Verma who makes the  criminal’s character  just sympathetic enough to not wish him a  horrible death. The best performances in this  stealthy  saga  of love and betrayal come from Verma and Jatin Sarin, the latter as a chameleon-like fencesitter who changes sides according to  convenience.

There are  lots of smalltown clichés  floating around here. Lots of bare feet  facing the camera, uncouth  types spitting , etc. And yet for a  film that seeks inspiration from Sairat and  Arjun Reddy, Bamfaad has some surprises in store including an unforeseen ending and a subplot  about a lovestruck  local Majnu who misreads the writing on  the wall. Literally.With calamitous results.

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