Tuesday, January 24, 2006


Director: Rohan Sippy
Producer: Ramesh Sippy
Screenplay: Shridhar Raghavan
Dialogue: Rajat Arora
Music by: Arash, Vishal Dadlani, Sameeruddinand Shekhar Raviiani
Cinematography: Himman Dhamija
Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Ritesh Deshmukh, Boman Irani, Nana Patekar

This film is a comedy buried in a light soul-searching drama. You could also say it’s a male-bonding version of "Bunty Aur Babli" without its charm and style. While the film was enjoyable, Abhishek looked tired. I wondered if he was juggling too many films while shooting this one.

Bluffmaster opens with an elaborate scam introducing Roy Kapoor (Abhishek Bachchan), a major con artist, proving if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. But things quickly fall apart. At Roy’s engagement party, a guest, the recently scammed gentleman, informs Simmi Khanna (Priyanka Chopra), Roy's fiancee, and her parents about the source of Roy’s income. Simmi promptly dumps Roy.

As Roy ponders his future, enter Dittu, a conman in training. Dittu seeks to learn from a master, so he strikes up a friendship with Roy in an unusual way. A series of scams follow mixed with occasional encounters with Simmi where Roy attempts to win her back. While some of the scams seemed pulled from other films, the door-to-door salesman scam is a kick. But somewhere in the mix you wonder who is being scammed? Riteish Deshmukh as Dittu brightens the screen as a cheeky young man with a delightful collection of T-shirts.

Roy takes Dittu under his wing outlining the rules of the con game while at the same time trying to dissuade him from becoming a con artist. Roy tells Dittu, “I choose the wrong road.”

Then Roy begins to have fainting spells. Enter zany Dr. Bhalerao (Boman Irani) who tells Roy he only has three months to live. One piece of advice Dr. Bhalerao gives Roy is “Life tastes sweetest when death is at your door.” Then things really get mixed up.

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In a final scam Roy seeks to save Simmi from a predatory hotel owner (Nana Patekar) and the outcome is unexpected.

Dropped into the fast-paced dialogue are funny references to Bollywood and Hollywood films the audience enjoyed.

Another enjoyable feature was the cinematography especially the panoramic shots of various Mumbai cityscapes.

One regret is most of the music scenes were chaotic. Disco dancing lacks the ability to show off a performer’s dancing skills and I know Abhishek can dance.

I think I will begin to put a “U” label in my reviews. This was another macho flick with the requisite meeting in the bathroom at the urinals. Do women have a common meeting place in films?