Bunty aur Babli – Shankar/Sidharth/Sukhwinder/Jaspinder – Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy | Bunty Aur Babli (2005)

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Movie: Produced by Aditya Chopra and directed by Shaad Ali, the Yash Raj Films’ comic caper Bunty Aur Babli (2005) starred Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukherjee, Raj Babbar, Prem Chopra, late Ravi Baswani, Puneet Issar, Rameshwari, Kiran Juneja, etc. It is a crime-comedy film with slight similarity to the American classic Bonnie and Clyde without the dark elements.

The plot is centered on 2 rather lovable crooks but does not contain violence. All the adventures of Bunty and Babli are thoroughly Indianized, including the counterfeit selling of the Taj Mahal.

Rakesh Trivedi (Abhishek Bachchan) lives in a village with his parents. His father works as a railway ticket collector and wants his son to take up a similar job. But, Rakesh has dreamt big. He keeps ideating on new business plans and is convinced that he would be successful one day. He is stubborn and does not want the kind of work that his father does.

The Punjabi girl Vimmi Saluja (Rani Mukherji) lives in another small village with her parents. She lives to watch movies and study supermodels. She desires to become Miss India. Her parents arrange her marriage with a youth with a decent job. Meanwhile, Rakesh gets an ultimatum to either attend the job interview for which his father has arranged or leave the house.

Rakesh and Vimmi pack their bags and slip out of their homes in the dead of the night. They meet each other at a train station and become friends after listening to each other’s stories. They are supportive to each other for their dreams. Vimmi tries to join the Miss India contest. However, she is thrown out after an argument. Rakesh tries to sell his ideas for an investment scheme. But a businessman rejects his proposal because another man had come first with the idea, which he had stolen from Rakesh.

When Rakesh finds out that the businessman had made money from his idea, he and Vimmi con him and make away with the money, he believes is his. They realize that it is very easy to con people. Thus, they decide to take up this profession and reach Mumbai to split up the loot. They find the lifestyle too exciting to give up. They adopt the names of ‘Bunty’ and ‘Babli’ and keep successfully conning different people, looting affluent people disguised as religious priests, business partners, local guides, health inspectors, etc. It is at this time that this song is heard in the background.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Gulzar and the music was composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

This song describes and praises the 2 main characters, all through it.

Video: The cinematography is by Abhik Mukhopadhyay. The dance choreography is by Vaibhavi Merchant-Bosco-Caesar.

The video begins as Abhishek Bachchan and Rani Mukherjee are traveling in a bus together. They have just been successful in their first con act. They con a restaurant when they are hungry. Then, Abhishek Bachchan is seen walking through a bridge and the song begins in the background. Rani Mukherjee also joins him.

They perform a few dance steps. In the next shot, they are seen sitting on top of a truck and Rani Mukherjee is throwing some currency notes in the air. Apparently, they have some excess money on them! They do another con act and scram from there, as well. Abhishek Bachchan acts like his father did in Chupke Chupke (1975) and Agnipath (1990).

All through the song, their capers are shown. They are also shown to be kind. They leave quite a lot of money for the poor elderly couple, who give them shelter at night and themselves rest outside their house. They only con the rich. Rani Mukherjee always leaves a symbol behind, made from her lipstick.

They are seen escaping from a hotel, like Sholey’s (1975) Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan in a motorbike with a sidecar. The song and the video end as they are happy with the results of their work.

Artists: The playback for this song was sung by Shankar Mahadevan, Siddharth Mahadevan, Sukhwinder Singh and Jaspinder Narula while the onscreen performances are by Abhishek Bachchan and Rani Mukherji.

Cultural Influence: There is no cultural value in this song. It is a typical filmi song. It can be watched for passing the time.

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