Movie Review: Besharam (2013)

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Besharam revolves around an orphan drifter called Babli (Ranbir Kapoor) who lives in Delhi and is a car thief who swindles people posing as a mechanic. He is a swindler because he wants to help the orphanage he grew up in. He is quite shameless (as the title implies) in the way he goes about it. He thinks there is always a right way to do the wrong thing. But things take a turn for the amusing and oddly baffling in his life when he hurts his lady love (Pallavi Sharda). Things get even funnier when two Haryanvi cops Chulbul Chautala and Bulbul Chautala (Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor) go on an hunt to chase him. The story becomes even more convoluted when the villain of the film (Javed Jaffrey) is introduced as a comic sadist.

BESHARAM is Ranbir’s first tryst with an out-and-out masala film. A genre that’s suddenly caught the fancy of every actor in tinsel town. But, unlike most masalathons, BESHARAM is no remake of a South Indian blockbuster. This one’s more like the vintage masala films that we relished in the Bachchan era. With a contemporary tadka, of course. The question is, does BESHARAM work? Unfortunately, it doesn’t!


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.5 “You might not like this if don’t have an appetite for typical Bollywood formula films.”
Times Of India
3.5 “Its a feel-good movie, and everyone’s going to walk out the theaters with a smile and a laugh!”
Bollywood Celebden
3.5 “Besharam is a heart-warming story, meant for both, the young and older generation! Watch this one, and you’d know why Ranbir Kapoor is being hailed as a ‘Versatile Star’!”
Gossip Gravy
3.0 “Besharam surely deserves a watch for its drollness and characters which won’t disappoint you.”
Indian TV News
3.0 “Besharam is fun to watch. So far, it’s been fantastic and hillarious in parts.”
One India
3.0 “Abhinav Kashyap has churned out a decent entertainer, and it’s the Kapoor khandaan indulgence in this non-inventive flick that amuses you throughout.”
3.0 “Ranbir Kapoor is deliciously voila, completely in command and entertainingly corny to the core in ‘Besharam’ which is otherwise a very average effort as a film by Abhinav Kashyap.”
Average Reviews
2.5 “Besharam is indeed a credulous attempt at invoking audiences to watch a variation of run-of-the-mill stories commercial cinema subjects us to.”
2.5 “A slick, unabashedly lowbrow entertainer, Besharam is, true to the title, absolutely unapologetic about its intentions.”
NDTV Movies
2.5 “It makes the whole movie a one time watch.”
2.5 “The film is advised for only those who love Ranbir Kapoor unconditionally…”
Movie Talkies
2.5 “Watch it if you enjoy action-comedies.”
DNA India
2.5 “Watch Besharam for Ranbir Kapoor and witty one liner.”
Daily Bhaskar
2.5 “Ranbir Kapoor fails to impress!”
Zee News
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Disappointing. Sorely disappointing.”
2.0 “Besharam is one major disappointment.”
2.0 “The film is more like a whimper that sometimes follows an explosion of a firecracker.”
2.0 “For a director who made his debut with the eminently entertaining Dabangg, coming up with a film as irredeemably tacky and substandard as Besharam is a real shame.”
1.5 “BESHARAM is a huge disappointment!”
Bollywood Hungama
1.5 “Besharam disappoints!”
1.5 “It is sad that a full length film like Besharam with such good actors is made with a plot as thin as a tissue paper.”
1.5 “Kapoor is one of the more versatile actors of his generation, but Besharam is proof that he can’t do crass, no matter how little he shaves his jaw and chest.”
First Post
1.5 “Besharam is so unbelievably sloppy and senseless, not even the best actors in the business can redeem it no matter how hard they try”
1.5 “Besharam is a shamefully disappointing film. Watch any other Ranbir Kapoor film instead. “
1.5 “Even Ranbir Kapoor can’t save this one.”
1.0 “Kashyap is either still miffed with what happened after DABANGG, or has not gotten over the hangover.”
1.0 “A major misfire in every way.”
IBN Live

Video Reviews
3.0 “A masala movie with elements borrowed from various films.”
2.0 “Besharam doesn’t live up to the high expectations.”
Komal Nahta
2.0 “If you are the kind that impresses with profits alone and the merits of film don’t matters then watch besharam.”
1.0 “Don’t waste your time and money…just avoid it.”
Kamaal R Khan

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