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Movie Review: Bombairiya

Banners: Kreo Films FZ, Beautiful Bay Entertainment

Producers: Michael E Ward, Collin Burrows, Compton Ross

Director: Pia Sukanya

Cast: Radhika Apte, Akshay Oberoi, Siddhanth Kapoor, Adil Hussain, Amit Sial, Ajinkya Deo, Ravi Kishan, Shilpa Shukla

Writers: Michael E Ward, Pia Sukanya, Aarti Bagdi

Music: Arko Pravo Mukherjee

The city of Mumbai conjures up images of chaos, confusion and speed, a metropolitan always on the move. Many things can happen in a single day, especially in a city jam packed with people, each one desperately trying to get through to the end of the day.

Bombairiya tries to capture all that is characteristic of Mumbai while also delivering a serious message. While the film more or less succeeds in the former, the latter is diluted and finally lost in the narrative.

The film revolves around Meghna Shergill (Radhika Apte), who handles the PR account of superstar Karan Kapoor (Ravi Kishan), Abhishek aka Pintu (Akshay Oberoi), who lives in his comic world of superheroes, and a delivery guy (Siddhanth Kapoor) on a pink scooter who is christened ‘Prem’ by Meghna.

A road accident brings all three of them together and before you know it, Meghna’s phone is snatched by Prem and she takes Pintu’s help to recover it. The reason? It has a video that no one should see. In this seemingly innocent chaos are characters like Pandya (Adil Hussain), an imprisoned politician on trial for illegal encounters, Gujral (Amit Sial) who could be a hitman or a cop, Karan Kapoor, an actor in a personal mess, Irawati (Shilpa Shukla), the Deputy Home Minister trying to run the state and her husband’s life, and a star witness who Commissioner Wadia (Ajinkya Deo) is trying to protect. What starts off as a wild-goose chase of a missing cellphone ends up becoming a serious plotline of witness protection.

While the writing is funny in parts and the attempt is sincere in the non-linear story telling style, there is far too much happening on the screen. The film is interesting and even engaging in the beginning but ends up as a damp squib. However, the performances shine and there are some really funny moments.

The film belongs to Radhika Apte, who carries the film on her shoulders. Akshay Oberoi is charming. Siddhanth Kapoor is okay. Ravi Kishan is a treat to watch. Adil Hussain and Shilpa Shukla are wasted. Amit Sial does a decent job.

Verdict: Dud!

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