Review: Bolo Raam
Cast: Rishi Bhutani, Padmini Kolahpuri, Om Puri, Govind Namdeo, Naseeruddin Shah, Disha Pandey, Krishan Khatra
Director: Rakkesh Chaturvedi ‘OM’
What a week! Actors like Naseeuddin Shah, Om Puri, Farooque Shaikh all wasted! While Farooque Shaikh may be feeling cheated in Accident On Hill Road, I am feeling worse cheated after watching Bolo Raam, and only wondering what made an actor like Naseeruddin Shah take that film, especially when he hardly had a role in it.
When you have actors like Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri coming in for a project the respectability of it increases automatically and so does expectation. But then actors don’t make a film, script does. Bolo Raam fails the audience and its cast because it is a frail script, which was forcefully decorated.
Bolo Raam promised to be a psychological thriller. And the last thing it does is give you any thrill or test you psychologically. It could have been a drama but it is too lose to hold your interest. The story is about a Raam (Rishi) who is arrested for his mother’s murder. The film goes about exploring his character and why he may have murdered his mother. By the time the end is revealed you are too bored. And in any case the end is too weak to shake you out of your slumber.
Technically Bolo Raam is one of the worst shot film I have seen in a long time. The cinematographer seems be completely clueless as he chooses to focus on unimportant details. Sample this – Om Puri is talking on the phone and the camera is focus on the sub inspector sitting five feet away while blurring out Om Puri. The edits are also unfitting of a thriller and same goes with the music.
Naseeruddin Shah is a delight to watch in the five minutes he is there. But after that there is nothing watch. Om Puri and Govind Namdeo try desperately to help but nothing works as the director is too interested in showing off the debutant hero Rishi Bhutani’s body.
Bolo Raam is easily one film you could leave out and keep your new year more boredom free. The only thing that keeps you from dozing off is the strange background music.
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