Film Critic: Goher Iqbal Punn
Cast: Amita Pathak, Pulkit Samrat
Director: Supavitra Babul
Producer : Abhishek Pathak, Kumar Mangat Pathak
Music Director : Raghav Sachar
Release Date: 13th April 2012
Finally Bittoo Boss hits the screens – a sigh of relief comes to the masses who were desperately waiting for the release. We all know why this low-budget movie was being awaited hugely by the audiences who seemed crazy for the screening of this flick? Well, obviously for the promos and the double meaning sexual dialogues which were running on all the channels for the promotional activities of the film. Admit, this all added true sparkles and the likeliness for the movie and these marketing gimmicks can fetch in the audiences on the opening day. But the future business will depend entirely on the worth and content of the movie.
‘Bittoo Sabke Le Ga’, ‘Bittoo Meri Bhi Le’ and the kinds of words being aired in the promos of the movie are enough to generate the oomph factor for the film and when the likes of Bollywood biggie Salman Khan comes in for the music launch and support for the project, things do take a turn to positive angle. But again, as I earlier said – the future of the film will largely and certainly depend on what the flick holds for the masses i.e. interesting cinema. If it is and carries the same, no one can stop the bigger box office results. But unfortunately, Bittoo Boss lacks in all – execution is average, plot is interesting but script is poor with many flaws and the idea is borrowed from the hit movie of Yash Raj Films’ Band Baaja Baaraat.
Like Band Baaja Baaraat, Bittoo Boss too revolves around the wedding celebrations. Even the leading character’s name is the same. Marriage celebration is an integral part of our lives in sub-continent. Whenever any wedding comes, planning starts and fun and joys take the driving seats. The most important thing is that a wedding lasts for many days and the relatives gather at the wedding place and be the passionate part of the celebrations. There is fun…there is joy…there is magic, which is mesmerizing and unforgettable. Bollywood has been enacashing the subject of the weddings in particular the weddings in Punjab from the outset and these types of movies always made bigger box office results (though there are cases when many movies bombed at the box office due to their lack of content) and still this subject is used to churn out flicks on. The same theme has been used in Bittoo Boss.
There are many similarities with YRF’s Band Baaja Baaraat, as the environment of marriage and the setting of North India in addition to the leading man ‘Bittoo’ are same. Yes, the film is not the exact replica of Band Baaja Baaraat but carries the prominent similarities discussed above.
Bittoo Boss (Pulkit Samrat) is much famous in the area to be a heart-hitting and nifty cameraman. Whenever any marriage takes place in town (Punjab), Bittoo’s services are hired since he is the master of his art i.e. videography’. His recorded happy moments of weddings are what people cherish and enjoy while watching them later post the celebrations. Bittoo starts loving an educated girl (Amrita Pathak). She makes him understand the right and beneficial values of financial stability in life that brings admiration of all in surroundings. The camera man gets attracted to his love’s advices and starts taking the shortcuts to get the financial stability in life.
Story by Supavitra Babul (who is the director of this film also) is interesting (because the basic concept has been taken from YRF’s Band Baaja Baaraat). The script of the film is lackluster. It does not have power to grab the audiences’ attention. The love track between Bittoo and his love interest seems mundane – there is no spark to entice the masses. The film apparently delivers the drama on screen but unfortunately it is lacking and disappoints the viewers. The humorous element seems to be just about okay. Admit, at many places, it attracts but overall result is average. Gautam Mehra is the culprit for writing such a weak narrative.
Supavitra Babul’s direction is ordinary. He needs to master the art to lure the audiences. There are few sequences which charm you but in entirety, the execution is sluggishly mundane. Music by Raghav Sachar is average. Cinematography by Manish Bhatt is first rate. Editing Abhishek Seth is fine.
Pulkit Samrat attracts with his character of Bittoo Boss. He has potential to grow as a big screen actor. He has graduated from television to films and he will get the fruits here at silver screen. Amrita Pathak delivers the goods with finesse. Remaining characters of the film do entice as well.
Final Verdict by the Critic:
Bittoo Boss will be a disaster at the box office, as it lacks content.
Bittu Boss managed to create quite a stir with its promos! Censor board wasn’t happy with the way the promos were designed. The promos were shot from a cameramen’s perspective and the censor board found this offensive. Producer Kumar Mangat, confirmed this news stating censor board just wouldn’t listen to them. The producer had a point, as the promo had nothing offensive in particular! Director Supavitra Babul was left flabbergasted too, as he cited how explicit content like DK Bose was passed without any cuts.
The movie stars Pulkit Samrat who has made the big step up from the television. The actor was last seen Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. Amita Pathak plays the lead heroine. Her last movie was Haal-E-Dil, in which she had worked with Adhyayan Suman. It is a big risk taken by the makers as the subject is quite novel and the star-cast is unproven. However, Bittu Boss has a clear run in ahead of itself, as no big releases have hit the theatres; thanks to IPL!
The music for the movie is composed by Raghav Sachar. Raghav is a talented musician known for his skill in handling musical instruments. Couple of tunes from the movie are hummable and the album is a good mix of romantic and peppy numbers. Songs from the movie have generated decent publicity for the movie, but it all depends on how the audience reacts to Bittu Boss in its initial week after the release. For the film to make profits, it will need to have a good word-to-mouth publicity! Makers can perhaps draw inspiration from Band Baaja Baraat, which was based on a similar theme and made on a shoestring budget.