Movie Review: Bholaa
Review of Bholaa: Ajay Devgn Takes Down the Bad Guys, Leopard, and Logic
The Hindi remake of Karthi’s 2019 smash hit movie Kaithi assumes all audiences want is action and spectacle.
Director of the movie Bholaa
Ajay Devgn is directing the Hindi remake of Karthi’s 2019 hit film Kaithi.
The cast of the movie
The lead roles in the Hindi film Bholaa are played by Ajay Devgn and Tabu. Deepak Dobriyal, Sanjay Mishra, and Gajraj Rao also play important roles in the film.
Comparison with the original movie
The Tamil action thriller was a taut, well-crafted film that allowed for great action scenes to be set against a simple but effective plot. Its Hindi version ramps up the testosterone, adds an unnecessary amount of planning — such as a cameo from Amala Paul and a character who appears to be a cross between He Man’s Skeletor and Jack Sparrow from The Pirates of the Caribbean series—and ends up losing all aspects of reasoning.
The differences between Bholaa and Kaithi are worth examining for industry professionals and specialists in cinema because the Tamil film is a classic case of a plot that isn’t overwhelmed by spectacle. The plot in Bholaa serves as an explanation for extremely elaborate action sequences that the viewer wishes would be thrilling.
Bholaa’s basic concept
Bholaa’s central idea is similar to that of Kaithi: A police officer in trouble enlists the help of an ex-convict to drive a truck past a series of obstacles in the form of a thug. The most noticeable difference in the Hindi film is that the police officer, played by Tabu, is a woman. Devgn and Tabu have a long history of working together on and off the set.
Review of the movie
First, there’s a glimmer of hope. Tabu’s character is named Diana, which allows for some wordplay — she’s nicknamed “daayan” (witch) by her detractors — while also possibly referring to the hunter goddess of Roman mythology.
She is hampered by injury and is forced to watch the action from the sidelines because it appears that the only way Devgn and his writing team can imagine women is as mothers. Tabu’s contribution to the film is essential to making her appear increasingly disheveled.
Bholaa seems to be a desi He-Man. He wields a trident instead of the Sword of Grayskull. The ground shakes, and dry leaves shudder as he steps out of the truck. The first major action scene places Bholaa against a gang of bikers attired in lucha libre wrestler masks, and the action is amazingly executed. Bholaa’s fights are technically as good as you’d expect from a Devgn film.
However, the film’s loud background music and cinematography, which heavily borrows from video games, quickly become flaws.
Bholaa is set in Uttar Pradesh to add some north Indian flavor to the plot of Kaithi, a land where the roads appear to bounce like a trampoline and Muslim characters only survive by pretending to be Hindu. The action scenes in Bholaa become increasingly utterly ridiculous as the film progresses.
Bholaa is currently a tiresome jumble of action scenes and details that feel derivative. The movie leaves viewers with unanswered questions, not least of which is who Bholaa is. The bad guys are left with broken bones.
Conclusion of the movie
A key character gets up near the end of Bholaa, walks into a room, and shoots himself in the head. Suicide makes no sense in terms of storytelling, but it feels like an entirely reasonable reaction to what Ajay Devgn and his crew have done to Lokesh Kanagaraj’s Kaithi (2019).
The only choice that makes sense at the end of the movie is blowing one’s head off to leave Bholaa as quickly as possible.
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