“Bad Boy,” released on April 28, 2023, is directed by Rajkumar Santoshi and stars debutants Namashi Chakraborty and Amrin Qureshi in lead roles. The film also features Saswata Chatterjee, Darshan Jariwala, Johnny Lever, Rajpal Yadav, and Rajesh Sharma in supporting roles. Produced by Anjum Kuraishe and Sajid Kuraishe, the film’s screenplay is written by Sanjeev Arvind and Rajkumar Santoshi. The movie is in Hindi and marks the launch of two young actors.
Story and Screenplay:
The story revolves around Raghav (Namashi Chakraborty), a poor boy, and Ritu (Amrin Qureshi), a rich college topper. They fall in love despite Ritu’s strict father (Saswata Chatterjee) being against their relationship.
The plot takes inspiration from a South Indian film but unfortunately, fails to bring any novelty or freshness to the clichéd rich-poor love story. The screenplay is weak, with unimpressive dialogues that make the film difficult to sit through. The movie tries to incorporate comedy in its treatment but falls short in execution.
Direction and Editing:
Rajkumar Santoshi, known for his earlier work in Andaz Apna Apna, Ghayal, and Damini, disappoints with his direction in “Bad Boy.” The film lacks the charm and charisma of Santoshi’s earlier works.
The editing, however, manages to save the film to some extent, addressing shooting difficulties and utilizing good graphics.
Songs and Background Score:
The music, composed by Himesh Reshammiya, is a letdown with bland and unimpressive songs. The soundtrack lacks originality and fails to make an impact. The background score also fails to elevate the movie experience.
The cinematography of “Bad Boy” is average and doesn’t add any visual appeal to the film. It feels outdated and lacks the finesse expected from a modern-day Bollywood film.
Namashi Chakraborty’s debut performance is underwhelming. He needs to work on his acting skills and screen presence.
Amrin Qureshi, on the other hand, shows some promise with her debut, although she needs to work on her dialogue delivery.
The supporting cast, including seasoned actors like Johnny Lever and Rajpal Yadav, manage to entertain in parts but are unable to elevate the film.
Saswata Chatterjee and Darshan Jariwala, playing the conflicting fathers, add depth to the movie.
Action and Choreography:
The action sequences in the film are average and do not leave a lasting impression. Namashi Chakraborty’s dance skills are commendable, especially in the scenes where he dances with his father, Mithun Chakraborty.
However, the choreography overall is unimpressive and doesn’t add any value to the film.
Costume Design and Art Direction:
The costume design and art direction are lackluster and don’t contribute to making the film visually appealing. It seems as though not much effort was put into these aspects of the film.
“Bad Boy” is a disappointing launch vehicle for Namashi Chakraborty and Amrin Qureshi, with its outdated story, weak screenplay, and lackluster execution.
The film feels like a relic from the past, and the performances by the lead actors do not add any charm. Despite the presence of seasoned actors in supporting roles, the film fails to entertain and is a forgettable experience.
This movie deserves only 1.5 stars due to a combination of factors that contributed to its overall disappointing performance:
- Outdated and clichéd storyline: The film’s story revolves around a worn-out premise of a rich girl and a poor boy falling in love, which has been overused in the industry for decades. The movie fails to bring a fresh perspective or add any unique elements to the story, making it feel stale and uninteresting.
- Weak screenplay and dialogues: The screenplay lacks depth, and the dialogues are poorly written, which further contributes to the movie’s lackluster experience. The film’s weak dialogues make it difficult for the audience to engage with the story and the characters.
- Unimpressive debut performances: Despite being launched by a renowned director, the lead actors, Namashi Chakraborty and Amrin Qureshi, deliver underwhelming performances. Their acting skills, dialogue delivery, and screen presence require significant improvement.
- Lack of entertainment value: The film’s attempts at comedy and romance fall flat, failing to entertain the audience. Additionally, the presence of seasoned actors like Johnny Lever and Rajpal Yadav couldn’t save the film, as they were unable to make a significant impact.
- Poor music: Himesh Reshammiya’s music for the film does not live up to his usual standards. The songs feel bland and unoriginal, failing to leave a lasting impression on the audience.
- Mediocre technical aspects: The film’s cinematography, art direction, and costume design are average at best, which further contributes to the movie’s lack of appeal.
These shortcomings collectively result in a disappointing experience for the viewers, leading to the low rating of 1.5 stars.