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Babloo Happy Hai review: The plot is weak and the acting amateurish

Rating: 1.5 out of 5
The plot has promise. The plot has promise.
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Posted: February 7, 2014 4:53 pm | Updated: February 8, 2014 4:01 pm

Cast: Sahil Anand, Amol Parasher, Sumit Suri, Erica Fernandes, Parveen Dabas

Director: Nila Madhab Panda

Three pals head out on a road trip. One of them is about to get married to a girl who is a complete nag. A second is still a virgin. And a third likes men more than women. The guy who is getting ready to spend his life with the shrew wakes up one morning with a strange girl in his bed. Will he confess or not? What is it about the other girl that he likes, and why is she so bent upon her self-destructive path?

The plot has promise. And some of the exchanges between the three fellows have the right degree of brash camaraderie that some Dilli boys can create. But we soon realize that this is a film with a message: about AIDS, how it does (and doesn’t) spread, and how those infected can live a full life. And how well-meaning people, like the guy (Dabas) who runs an NGO which creates awareness about HIV, can actually help.

Features about messages can be tricky, because the latter can overwhelm the story if the balance is not right. The director has made strong message films before ( ‘I Am Kalam’) with much more clarity and success. This one tries to do the same but fails : the plot is weak and the acting amateurish.

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