Verdict: Takes you on a hilarious darshan through the city of sin.
Bombay, or Mumbai, is often referred to as the city of dreams. But underneath the cloud of hope that lingers over the city lies extreme poverty, corruption, deception, and self-obsession. All of this is explored in Pia Sukanya’s directorial debut Bombairiya, which features a large star cast with Radhika Apte in the lead. The film is a suspense comedy – a genre Radhika is not new to – and it’s refreshing to see her back in a lead role, where she brings out her best. Bombairiya also tries to deliver a strong message amidst the madness and the comedy, but it is the latter that actually makes it worth the watch. Let’s analyze further.
What’s Bombairiya About:
The events in the film take place over a period of one day. Meghna (Radhika Apte), a PR agent, is having a bad day. At first, she is seen trying to set a standee of her boss, the celebrity Karan Kapoor (Ravi Kishan), on fire. After a failed attempt at the faux antim-sanskaar, she attends a satsang meeting with a gang of ladies where she is clearly overdressed. As if the day could not get worse, Meghna’s phone is stolen by a biker (played by Siddhanth Kapoor). A passerby named Abhishek (Akshay Oberoi) comes to her rescue by lending her his phone and although resistant at first, Meghna accepts his help. The two are led on a wild goose chase to retrieve her phone, which holds confidential information that could ruin both Meghna and Karan. Ultimately, they all get embroiled in a major case of murder involving the politicians Pandya (Adil Hussain) and Irawati (Shilpa Shukla), while CID Gujral (Amit Sial) tries to hunt them down.
The trailer of Bombairiya reveals a complicated story infused with humor and the movie gives you exactly that. The large cast includes an eclectic bunch of actors who bring in their own quirks to the film. Radhika Apte does what we have seen her do before and loved her for it – she is obnoxiously loud and always right. As the lead character, Meghna has a strong presence and holds her own ground even though she is in the dark side of things for the most part of the film. Akshay Oberoi’s character, on the other hand, is meek but the actor delivers well. Siddhanth Kapoor is the surprise element here and he manages to make you laugh one time too many with his innocent act. We also wish we could’ve seen more of Ravi Kishan who is hilarious in every scene he is in. Shilpa Shukla is also convincing in her “tough queen” role and Amit Sial thoroughly impresses in his small but overpowering part. Adil Hussain, talented as he is, only has a limited role. There are lots of other characters who add to the comedy factor of the film thus proving that too many cooks can sometimes add a mix of great flavors to the pot.
As Bombairiya takes you on a city darshan, you get to see many parts of Mumbai that have been beautifully captured by cinematographer K. Kartik Ganesh. The views of the city – from the scenic sea to the crude slums – are enough to make you feel right at home with the movie playing out in real life before you. The story leaves a lot unsaid for the most part and even as the backstories are revealed, there’s much yet to be explained. It’s the comedy that keeps you entertained throughout, which is delivered brilliantly on account of the fantastic performances by the cast.
What Could’ve Been Better:
Bombairiya can at times be too complicated and even after the movie is over, you are likely to be left thinking about it. But thankfully, there’s a lot in the film to keep you entertained for the duration of one hour and fifty minutes.
Why You Should Watch:
Bombairiya delivers a strong message towards the end amidst the madness and it sticks with you long after the film is over. Watch it for the strong performances and the crazy comedy that can leave you in splits. If you’re looking for entertainment, this one is a worthy watch.