Films based on Conning have been favorite genre in West and from last few years have gained popularity out here too. The art out here in these films is the way the con takes place, the more tough you show, and the more people like it. Yash Raj films had already made a Big Con based film called “Bunty Aur Bubli”, and after that they come again with “Badmaash Company”. So what new does this movie has to offer as the last one had two people conning everyone and a cop to nab them. Let’s find out.
“Badmaash Company” is story of Three friends Karan [Shahid Kapoor], Zing [Chang] and Chandu [Vir Das] who belong to mid 90’s era and together starts working for a guy name Archie, who cheats on government by not paying the duty over the foreign goods. Karan’s Parents [Anupam Kher and Kiron Juneja] want s him to study more, but Karan wants to earn fast money. Thus he along with his friends and his girlfriend Bulbul [Anushka Sharma] starts a company which cons and cheats on the government duty but in official way. Their success is halted as the ministry changes the Import duty laws and thus they decide to move to U.S.A and plan some big cons out there in the same way. Money and Success keeps flowing, but in between Karan starts losing everyone and at one point losses himself too. What happens next is the movie all about.
Story is simple and nothing new, we have seen such stuffs millions times, the only difference is instead of one or two conmen’s, out here they are four and in an international style. Screenplay is nice and to the theme of the film in first half. All the conning scenes are interesting and keeps you glued to the screen. But the moment the cons stop and the drama starts the movie seems to drag on and on in the middle part of the second half. It comes back on the track in last part but the magic is bit diluted in comparison to the earlier cons. Besides the Conning scenes, few more scenes like Vir Das- Anushka plane conversation, or Vir Das, Shahid and Chang on Phone or the patch up scene between the friends, etc add more charm to the film. But then there are some speed breakers too which hampers the flow of the film like all the drama of differences between each other looked forced and boring. The optimistic scenes of MJ and Shirts looked bit overdone. The film needed some serious editing and good writing in the mid of the second half. Camera work is good and all the visuals are nice and eye catching.
Music is total foot tapping. Ayashi, Chaska and jingle Jingle are fun. Fakira is outstanding. Title track is ok. Background music lifts up the mood of the film.
Parmeet Sethi tried to make an International Bunty aur bubbly but failed at certain point. He made his tricks and cons better than Bunty aur bubbly, but forgot that in that film when the con ends there was Amitabh Bachchan and kajrare to save the film, out here that was missing. All the dramatic scenes looked forced and it looked like that the producers warned the director that now conning is enough give some dramatic scenes and thus such scenes were forced in. but besides that the movie is enjoyable and entertaining. The director has done a good homework to make the con better and realistic, also manage to take a good performance by the cast.
Shahid Kapoor looked cute and handled all the conning scenes with ease. He looked nice in all scenes and all the makeup looked nice on him. But fumbled in the dramatic scenes, and we dint expect this from you after Kaminey. Anushka Sharma looked and acted much better than her debut film. Chang and Vir Das gave a good support and add up to the film. Anupam Kher, Kiron and Pawan Malhotra were ok.
So bol meri “Filmi Khopdi” is film mein kitna hai dum ?
Dum hai, time paas fun bhi hain, magar zyaada tar dekha dekha hua hai. Ya the film gives you the feel of having it watched earlier, but on other side does entertain you also to major extent. The first half is happening and fast, second one starts well but slows down dragging us to an average climax. Don’t expect an outstanding entertainer or a great film, but if you are in for some time pass entertainer go for it as it’s not a bad company.
Ratings : 3/5