The story revolves around Bhola, portrayed by Ajay Devgn, who is released from prison after completing a 10-year sentence with the solitary purpose of reuniting with his daughter, whom he has never encountered due to unforeseen circumstances. As a result of these circumstances, he has delegated a task of IPS Diana Joseph, portrayed by Tabu, to transfer several police officers who have been drugged and are in desperate need of medical attention. The reward on the heads of the cops who carried out a huge drug raid motivates several gang members to ensure that the truck piloted by Bowler does not arrive at its intended location. The thrilling trip and the resulting tension, which leads to several action set pieces, form what is essentially Ajay Devgn’s rendition of ‘Kaithi’. Let’s delve into Bhola Movie Review.
Production design and cinematography The technical prowess of Ajay Devgn, the director, cannot be overlooked, even though there are several issues with the writing, particularly the script, as with most Ajay Devgn films. When you come in for an Ajay Devgn directorial endeavour, you know it’s going to be technically powerful. I’m afraid the movie will be overly CGI-heavy with its backgrounds in the setting, detracting from the fact that it’s set in Up, but that’s far from the case. Asim Bajaj’s photography caught the first parts of Up with Tabu’s chase scene and Bhola’s origin tale. Several action scenes caught along the trip, particularly the depiction of Varanasi from the edge of the river as the celebrations and puja begin is something to behold on the big screen. This is particularly noticeable in the final action set piece, in which the Shiva monument serves as the background and Ajay Warrior Mode annihilates everyone in the script and discordant item song.
One of the strongest qualities of a film like ‘Kaithi’ is the inference to Dilli’s origin story is simply through a tale told by him and one assumes the visuals of what may have transpired as the emotional core of the film is the longing Dilli has for his daughter and it is conveyed beautifully by Karthi in ‘Kaithi’, performance the storytelling works and depends on the inference and the conviction of the actor rather than spoon-feeding the audience.
One understands Bhola’s origin his Ray’s ability to get the girl him being of influence versus the original where he is below the poverty line and this halts the proceedings of what was otherwise an engaging action film the Romantic core exists even in the original movie but it never deviates the journey and never causes the audience to assume that this might be the perfect opportunity for a loo break an element that also feels unnecessary in Bhola is to Showcase an item song, where the intention is to only introduce the villains specifically Deepak Dobriyal and his crew as unhinged animals adds nothing to the storytelling the song is not even peppy to be entertaining and the choreography is of the girl drop-kicking the perv’s that surround her I wonder why Ajay Devgn believed it to be necessary to integrate music in this film.
Its execution of action along the journey to the hospital and the fact that the Biryani is now replaced with tandoori chicken were my biggest triggers to watch the film, as Ajay Devgn has a keen interest in capturing unique action choreography. Sadly, what one assumes Ajay will be strongest at is a mixed bag. Some of the action lines are well executed, but some of them are choppy and incoherent, to say the least. For example, the introduction of Tabu in a fast-paced chase sequence is brilliantly captured, but the much-talked-about bikes chasing the truck are not only poorly executed but edited so haphazardly that they barely leave any impact. Ajay Devgn referred to this as his version of Mad Max. The CGI is very apparent, especially Ajay playing road rash, but its choreography is lacklustre at best. There are three sequences, though, where Ajay shines, mainly when he goes into Supreme Mortal Kombat mode, breaking bones, when he uses his Trishul to kill goons in the penultimate sequence; and finally, when he becomes more or less a superhero while rescuing Tabu. I wished for a moment for more consistent quality in action, but that is not the case with this film.
Standout cast members The funniest element of this film is Kadchi, who joins Ajay and Tabu along the journey. He is frustrated at the turn of events that have occurred and offers great comedic relief in the film, but some of the dialogue sprinkled across the screenplay would mostly generate buzz, like one of the goons telling Deepak Dobriyal about Bhola. Sanjay Mishra also has his naturally funny moments, but I’ve concluded that he can leave a mark no matter what film he features. Tabu is formidable in her role, really shining at points of physical combat, but I felt she was mostly on autopilot, just mouthing her dialogues rather than being fully invested in the characters around her. Ajay attempted to showcase his villains as bat shit crazy and Vineet Kumar as Nithari and Deepak Dobriyal as Ashua standouts.
The unhinged Coke fiend has several intimidating moments in my personal opinion, but I prefer the portrayal done by Arjun Das which was Far Scarier than this one. The science behind Mass and the soul of the original film The consistent problems with Ajay Devgn’s directorial benches continue with this film as well, where the set pieces stand out but the cohesive structure of the film is as banal and straightforward as ever. You remember talking about Runway 34 and how it would have been such a clever and crisp thriller had it just not presented the storyline in chronological order. Bhola also drags along a similar path of expected beats, where one who is privy to the source material will find nothing particularly original or inventive other than the demonic ways in which the villains are styled one more important point Ajay Devgn as Bhola is presented as this larger-than-life unbeatable force to be reckoned with; he is shocked to the point of barely even breaking down.
On the other hand, in the original movie, Dilli was always the underdog and broke down several times thinking about the union he will have with his daughter. In one scene referencing his daughter’s physical features and how similar she is to her parents. This longing for the child, this father-daughter bond that keeps the protagonist going, is missing in this film while Ajay is brilliant in his physical ability to execute action scenes. I think the soul of the film was lost as Ajay was presented as this larger-than-life enigma in this movie, constantly assisted and annoyingly. so by a voiceover describing his qualities and so intimidating that even leopards ran away in fear; the vulnerability and weakness of Bhola were missing.
I feel like this was a result of the trappings of star service versus aiding the character. There is a science to elevating a character while still making it human with complexities, and I think Lokesh has mastered that with ventures like ‘Kaithi’ and ‘Vikram’. The lacklustre score in Bhola by Ravi Basrur with some rudimentary staging and editing in Parts, which should have immediately generated hooting in the audience, otherwise becomes a huge drawback for this film. Bhola, like most Ajay Devgn directorial ventures, is technically adept but routine in its screenplay. One can only enjoy or be engaged with this film if they haven’t seen ‘Kaithi’. Despite some good performances and interesting ideas, it’s not a knockout at all like its original.
This is the Bhola Film Review by PXGMovies, and you can also check our Rope Movie Review.
Directed by: Ajay Devgn
Written by: Ankush Singh, Lokesh Kanagaraj, and Shriidhar Dubey
Main Cast: Ajay Devgn as Bhola, Tabu as IPS Diana Joseph, Sanjay Mishra as Inspector Angad Yadav, Deepak Dobriyal as Ashwathama, and Gajraj Rao as Devraj Subramaniam.