Disney+ Hotstar Babli Hammock it stars Tamannaah Bhatia, Saurabh Shukla, Supriya Shukla, Sahil Vaid, Abhishek Bajaj and Priyam Saha. Directed by Madhur Bhandarkar, the director has co-written the story with Amit Joshi and Aradhana Debnath. Cinematography is by Himman Dhamija, and editing is by Manish Pradhan. Tanishk Bagchi and Karan Malhotra composed the music.
The film is produced by star studios Y Pictures of Junglee. The running time is 117 minutes. The synopsis reads: “Babli, the first of her kind in her town, takes a job as a janitor to win over her love, leading to a series of funny and heartwarming events.”
Babli Bouncer Movie Review Contains Some Spoilers
In Madhur Bhandarkar’s Babli Bouncer, we meet Babli, who belongs to a village on the outskirts of Delhi. Vijay Raaz narrates the story stating that the men of this town are usually bodybuilders who work as bouncers in the clubs of Delhi. We meet Babli, the only female bodybuilder in town, and witness her journey to become a goalkeeper.
The concept of a small-town girl working as a goalkeeper in a Delhi club sounds pretty empowering on paper. On screen, however, it turned out to be a heartless, forced love story. The main reason Babli becomes a goalkeeper is a man! Yes, at first she is a woman with no other professional goal than to get married and have children.
Babli becomes ambitious when she falls in love with her teacher’s son, Viraj (Abhishek Bajaj). While Viraj stays in Delhi, Babli decides to work in Delhi. Luck is on her side when she lands a job as a bouncer at a club in Delhi. The whole driving force of the story is not Babli’s ambition, but her desire for a man. It just doesn’t make sense.
Babli hardly takes his job seriously. The story never highlights the struggle of being a goalkeeper in a male-dominated profession. Usually in underdog stories, big challenges test a person. In Bhandarkar’s story, Babli’s main challenge is the boy she thinks she is in love with.
Babli is also the tenth ruling. After things don’t go her way, Babli decides to change for the “better”. It’s ridiculous how a woman who comes off as strong, resourceful and fierce gets so affected by a boy she barely knows that she decides to change herself. We hardly see Babli passionate about her job as a goalkeeper. She annoyed me, considering the word gorilla is used in the title of the movie. While there is a sequence where she saves a person, it’s only used to give us a happy ending.
Although the film has negative aspects, some moments leave you torn or warm your heart. Babli’s comparison with her father, played by Saurabh Shukla, is poignant. Babli is really funny, and credit goes to Tamannaah for playing such an eccentric character. Although I had a hard time understanding the accent at first, little by little I was able to understand it.
Bhatia has some fun scenes where she gives a good performance. Her character was fun, noticeable and colorful. However, the creators killed her charm by constantly reminding us that she is funny, burps loudly and eats a lot.
Himman Dhamija’s camera captures the beauty of the town that leaves us mesmerized. The club sequences are also captured well, giving us an idea that life in Delhi is very colourful. Madhur has used various Bollywood songs like Ek Main Aur Ek Tu, Marjawa and others. The film’s music unfortunately doesn’t strike a chord.
Babli Bouncer Review: Final Thoughts
Overall, the lead in Tamannaah Bhatia, directed by Madhur Bhandarkar, has its moments. However, history offers nothing new. We’ve seen better underdog stories where the heart and passion were in the right place: Gully Boy, Iqbal, Lagaan, etc. The fashion director tried to make us smile, which he sometimes did. However, it is not a story of empowerment and elevation of women if the character is driven towards her goals by and for a man.
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