ANDHRA PRADESH

Drenched in mediocrity

Barsaat (Hindi)

Cast: Bobby Deol, Bipasha Basu and Priyanka Chopra

Director: Suneel Darshan

Ah! These deceitful purveyors of feminine charm! They beckon, we respond, they simmer and we are reduced to ash! There is a girl here - Bipasha Basu - for whom no poet would ever pen `Baharo phool barsao mera mehboob aaya hai'. And why should one? She is not a dew fresh beauty. She does not need to be - her charms are for the wee hours, when the sun is asleep, when the moon hides behind floating clouds. It is then she glows. There is another girl - Priyanka Chopra - a girl with a waist so slender that if breeze were accompanied by anything like a gust, she would be toppled. She too gets drenched under the rainfall. She too beckons, the most chivalrous, and the most adulterous of men!

We have Bobby Deol as a confused man who has a childhood bride - yes, bride! - and a beloved from adulthood. While the wife alternately simmers and prays the beloved falls over him. The girls are ready with their curls and curves, the guy just appears lost, making you wonder if Bobby has grown an inch as an actor since he made his debut in Rajkumar Santoshi's film by the same name! This film is nothing but a moth-eaten love triangle with all the stereotypes Bollywood survives on. No shower of rejuvenation, this `Barsaat' is just drenched in mediocrity.

ZIYA US SALAM

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