Heyy Babyy disappoints

Finally saw Heyy Babyy last night. One of the disadvantages to living in Miami is that movies are hardly screened or available soon enough. To give you an idea, I am about to go see Chak De India (and really excited about it too) about two months and 11 days after its release. Shame. But hardly something I control, given the lack of efforts to get Bollywood to South Florida to begin with.

In any case, I would describe Heyy Babyy using one word: disappointing. I was expecting much better. It is not that I dislike cinema that makes little sense or that is overdone in some respects. I am not like that. In fact, I absolutely loved and enjoyed Partner. But how industry 'pundits' rated Heyy Babyy so high and how they compared it to Partner is beyond me. The performances aren't even close, and the comic timing is hardly comparable.

Simply put, Heyy Babyy is nonsensical comedy gone wrong and has strong potential to force one to fast forward through bits and pieces. This is what Bollywood was like in the mid 1990s. This is what we strive to stay away from, is it not?

What disappointed me more was that Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan undertook this project. There is a certain respect and quality one tends to associate with these two names (especially Vidya Balan) because of their past accomplishments. But seriously. Heyy Babyy is over-dramatized and overdone in heavy doses, and leaves a lot to be desired. The jokes are, for the most part, cheap and of the variety that one scoffs at.

The saving graces in the film:

1. the flashback describing Akshay Kumar's first meeting with Vidya Balan.

2. the song 'dholna' is very well choreographed.

3. the touching scene with the baby in the hospital, fighting for her life.

4. the scene in which Fardeen Khan is trying to win over Vidya Balan as his wife - too funny.

5. Vidya Balan -- her grace is too overwhelming, her charm too empowering. Lovely.

#s 1 and 4 were the only genuine comedy that stood out and were well made. Besides these, though, there were hardly much more.

Overall, I give Heyy Babyy just two stars. Disappointing, for I was hoping for a lot more given its star cast and popularity. Disappointing. Disappointing.

Movie Rating: ** (AVERAGE -- too redundant)

My Classification: PG-13 (you do not want children around for this one)

Official website: http://heyybabyy.erosentertainment.com


Anonymous said...

heyy babyy is an amateurish film
It is almost as though sajid wanted to prove a point to all those film-makers whose films he criticised all these years but ended up making the same kind of film(a little less over the top maybe)
the saddest part was Vidya balan's styling and clothes in the film..i mean where did they dig them out of..
she had almost nothing to do in the film and was so devoid of her charm which usually never fails to make me go weak in the knees..oh well

theBollywoodFan said...

Seriously. What a royal waste of Vidya's talents and her fans' admiration. Is Bhool Bhulaiyaa any different? My skepticism of Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan is seriously increased after Heyy Babyy.

Anonymous said...

The story has a few serious confusions, mindless shots, some very badly taken ones actually, random songs thrown in for no reason..bad editing.....but Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan make it worth one watch. Some funny characters and a decent build up in the end..the last part is actually the only part worth watching. Whether its horror, or seriousness they just don't know what they intended to show, but you end up laughing because of the way its shown..
On a serious note, the Indian audience should not be shown stuff like MPD in such a manner. Now you know why their knowledge is skewed and why they make fun of things they dont know much about.
There is a bengali song which somehow gets stuck to your recall memory and there you go on singing..Aami je tomaaar.

theBollywoodFan said...

Thank you for the insight! I'll hope to check out Bhool Bhulaiyaa as soon as it comes available in Miami.

You know, it's one thing for an Akshay Kumar or a Vidya Balan to act in a movie such as Heyy Babyy, and quite another for Heyy Babyy to be as successful as it has been financially. To me, that is more than just mind-boggling. When do we qyestion this as a serious reflection of our society?