Not an easy job to write review of the movie Bolo Raam starring Rishi Bhutani, whose brother Goldy is the producer. When the hero of the movie is silent for a major part of the movie, except in flashback, when he is super aggressive for unspecified reasons...and you are looking for reasons...not for the mystery but for the visit to the theater to watch this movie.
The favourite posture of the hero in the movie is to walk with his school teacher - single mother (played by Padmini Kolhapure, in a comeback performance, she would definitely like to quickly forget) putting her arms one foot above on his shoulders. You will find them walking into the horizon in this pose a few times. And someone in the theater quipped, it doesn't look like a mother-son posture. Hmm...no comments.
Well, the director makes it clear, our hero, Raam is just too possessive about his mother and all things right. He would do anything or attack any one to protect these two principles. The hero is also a mean dancer in Hrithik mode. He can also teach a few lessons to the other losers in college, who get thrashed when they try to bully him. Of course, Mom comes to rescue and then they walk away in their favorite pose...
So, hero can fight and he's also got a six/eight pack which is displayed abundantly.
Sub Inspector Sajid Khan (Govind Namdeo) is an honest policeman, who rounds up his son, when he is caught smoking while his daughter is in love with the unfriendly, silent, brooding Raam. This affair sort of started, when they were going nowhere, and our hero saves the heroine from getting harrassed by a guy in the bus. It was pretty one sided love story you know. Then, when one of heroine's friends tries to get cosy with the hero, he doesn't quite warm up to her and throws her on the ground. Tsk Tsk. Not very chauvinistic behavior, I would say. But, much in love heroine couldn't care more and falls even deeper in love.
Now, before you know all this about Raam in flashback mode, he is found in a pool of blood, next to his dead mother. He is the obvious suspect in the eyes of all, especially in the eyes of Sajid Khan, who just wants to get the case closed, while his boss, Om Puri wants to solve the mystery and takes help of Psychiatrist Dr. Negi (Naseeruddin Shah) who plays chess in his chamber as he has no other patients or cases to solve in this small town of Uttarakhand (the map is prominently displayed in the police station, so that you don't correctly guess...its actually Lonavala. When the psychiatrist wears T-shirts with "Trust Me - I am a Doctor" or "Silence Speaks", you know, which way the film is going.
As Raam's friends are brought to the police station, there is a comic act by Rajpal Yadav, which hardly provides any relief as you are looking for an exit as he gets beaten up without any reason by all the policemen and is also offered biriyani on demand for lunch at the police station.
By this time, you would be totally confused, as there is also a Hindu-Muslim marriage angle, a terrorism angle and a suspicious sadhu, trying to protect the hero from the evil, as there is a single mother stigma angle, where the hero's mother has to handle advances from her colleagues, mauke ka fayada uthate huye. And when the hero finally speaks up, and catches the culprit, you are not surprised, as the Director gives a flimsy reason for the crime to give a sad end to the movie.
The movie name should have been a warning. Or, the poster in the jigsaw puzzzle should have been a good enough hint. There is one scene, when Raam is taken to the psychiatrist and he is put in a room with a few odd objects and he chooses a bucket of water while others are keenly observing him from the other room with one way mirror. I totally missed the point and no one bothered to explain.
Hey Raam...I should have known. But, now, you know!