Bombs Very Badly
What Is the Film About?
Vicky (Sushanth) is born unlucky and no one even his parents do not want him around. He happens to run into Professor Acharya (Shishir Sharma) and they become friends. A Mad scientist (Makarand Deshpande) runs from the jail and is after Acharya and his daughter, Maya (Simran Chowdary). What happens next in Vicky and Maya’s lives forms the rest of the Bombhaat story.
How Is Performance?
First things first, Sai Sushanth Reddy has a good appearance. He is presentable and has the screen presence needed to be a hero. His voice is really good and reminds us of the likes of Happy Days Rahul, Vijay Deverakonda, etc. However, he struggled with his diction at some places, especially where he had to pronounce some difficult Telugu words. There is a tinge of amateurism in his body language and expressions but that is not too bad. There is room for improvement.
Raghavendra Varma, the newbie director should be called lucky. He has got the resources that most new directors would not get. The movie has got a very good cast like Chandini Chowdary, Tanikella Bharani, Hema, Shishir Sharma, and Makarand Deshpande, etc. The producer also spent a good amount of money and that can be seen in the production values of the film.
But then, the young director failed to make it count with his lackluster story and execution. The confusion starts right from the title. There is absolutely no reason why the film is named as such. Any story – small or big will need a Unique Selling Point to attract the audience. The Humanoid Robot is Bombhaat’s USP. But then, there is a complete mess of it. The first half of the film is all about Vicky’s Bad Luck. There is also an unimpressive love track with zero chemistry. We do not know why Chaitra falls for Vicky and why they break up. Even parents cursing Vicky’s Bad Luck is like too much to digest. If that is done to create fun, even that did not work. The story does not delve into the sci-fi angle at all.
We will hope things to get better once the secret of the Humanoid Robot is revealed. But it gets even silly from there. The Baba track feels intentionally ridiculous. The Mad Scientist track also does not count. The dubbing of the Russian Secret Agents feels like something is seriously wrong with the director. The sci-fi angle reminds us of films like Ghatothkachudu (1995) and Robot (2010) but does not let the idea of this film being remotely good like those films. The sci-fi angle comes only towards the climax. It is already late and will leave the audience frustrated for waiting for such a silly track.
Finally, Bombhaat is that kind of attempt that a young filmmaker let himself and his whole team down. There are people who seem to have honestly invested in the film but nothing worked due to the bad handling.
Chandini Chowdary and Others:?
This is the second OTT release of Chandini after Color Photo. The latter was the actress’s career-best performance but Bombhaat is easily her forgettable film. She looks gorgeous in some parts and the good things just end there. She looked lost in a poorly written character. After the breakup scene, she is totally wasted.
Simran Chowdary, another heroine of the film who takes the center stage in the second half. She looked good. At places, she looked okay and at many places, she struggled to emote. Probably, she took the character more seriously at such places (avoiding a spoiler here). Tanikella Bharani and Hema did not get the characters their reputation deserves and they are okay in whatever they got. Shishir Sharma is good and Makarand Deshpande tried to shine in a character that has barely had any substance. Priyadarshi is again wasted in a poorly-etched character.
Music and Other Departments?
Bombhaat is good only for its technical values. The production values are unbelievable for a small film of that range. Some of the songs are good to ears but are not needed for the narrative of the film. The Artwork especially in the Chuppanathi song and the villain’s den looked unreal for a small film. The background score is also too good at places. The camera work is also good giving a feeling of watching a quality film. Editing is a big letdown with several unnecessary portions.
There are traces of films like Ghatothkachudu (1995) and Robot (2010) in Bombhaat. But it is a disservice to compare the film with those films. The alternate talk would be to spend the weekend enjoying those films wherever they are available.
Did I Enjoy It?
Will You Recommend It?
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