For all those fond of the nineties and ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’ (DDLJ), director Abhinav Singh Kashyap and actor Ranbir Kapoor are going to pee on all your memories in the very first seconds of the trailer. The trailer opens in the mustard fields of Punjab made famous in ‘DDLJ’ but with a really besharam spin on it.
We are, thus, introduced to Ranbir Kapoor’s character Babli, an street-smart orphan who works as a car mechanic. He also, steals cars on the sidelines to support his orphanage.
This besharam Babli lands up hurting the love of his life Tara (played by newcomer Pallavi Sharda) and at the same time lands up in trouble with Inspector Chulbul Chautala (played by Ranbir Kapoor’s real-life dad Rishi Kapoor) and Head Constable Bulbul Chautala (played by Ranbir Kapoor’s real-life mom Neetu Singh).
These two police characters are introduced smartly with winks to their real-life relationships. There are winks throughout the trailer in fact. Besides the ‘DDLJ’ wink, there’s also a hint at Abhinav Singh Kashyap’s previous film ‘Dabangg’ in the dialogues.
We also get a sneak-peek at Pallavi Sharda who plays a quintessential tough Punjabi girl, and Javed Jaffrey who plays a quintessential Mumbai don. Remember Javed Jaffrey singing ‘I Am Mum-Bhai’?
The film seems very self-aware in its treatment. The action is over-the-top, with gravity-defying stunts, a trend that doesn’t seem to stop. The music is by Lalit Pandit, one-half of the famed duo Jatin-Lalit and seems like am ix of Punjabi-Hindi pop.
The ‘Besharam’ trailer has its moments, and Ranbir Kapoor is charming as always. Let’s hope that the film is good too. ‘Besharam’ releases on Gandhi Jayanti, 2 October, 2013.