Babli Bouncer Rating 3.0/5 & Rating
BABLI bouncy castle is the story of Babli, (Tamannah Bhatia), who lives in the twin village of Asola-Fatehpur Beri near Delhi. She is the daughter of Gajanan Tanwar (Saurabh Shukla), who trains bodybuilders, and Ganga (Supriya Shukla). Babli failed her tenth exam despite trying multiple times. She is quite physically strong and inherited the bodybuilding qualities from her father. Kukku (Sahil Vaid), her childhood friend from her village, is in love with her and wants to marry her. However, Babli does not love him. At a wedding in the village, she meets Viraj (Abhishek Bajaj), the son of her school teacher (Yamini Dass). Babli falls in love with him. Both spend some time and Viraj asks her to meet him in Delhi where he works. Babli decides to move to Delhi and take a job so she can meet Viraj frequently. However, Babli’s parents are looking for a match for her. When Kukku finds out about this, he worries and tells his parents that he wants to marry them. They meet Babli’s parents with the marriage proposal and are more than happy as they know Kukku very well. Babli sees an opportunity in this situation. She mistakenly tells Kukku that she will marry him provided she is allowed to work for a year. As luck would have it, Kukku works at the Tally Gully Club in Delhi and the management there is looking for bouncers to deal with unruly female customers. He asks Babli to apply and convinces her parents to do the same. Babli passes the selection process and gets the job. She also meets Viraj and falls further in love with him. Viraj invites her to his birthday party. At the party, Babli gets drunk and confesses her love for him to Viraj. Viraj bluntly rejects her proposal, making it clear that she falls short of her claims. What happens next forms the rest of the film.
The story of Amit Joshi, Aradhana Sah and Madhur Bhandarkar is fine. The bouncer element adds a novel twist to the storyline. The script by Amit Joshi, Aradhana Sah and Madhur Bhandarkar is decent. The writing style is a bit shaky at first, but gets better later on. Some scenes are well thought out and keep the interest going. Amit Joshi and Aradhana Sah’s dialogue (additional dialogue from Sumit Ghildiyal) is mixed. While some one-liners are funny and get laughs, some dialogue fails to impress.
Madhur Bhandarkar’s direction is fair. Known for hard-hitting and serious films, BABLI BOUNCER is a light-hearted, feel-good film. At the same time, he makes sure it’s not a mindless film by making some key points about women’s empowerment and their need to be independent. There isn’t a dull moment and it packs a lot into 116 minutes of running time. Some scenes are very well executed like Babli’s training process, Babli and Viraj in the restaurant, Babli’s drunken confession, Babli’s promise to her father in the restaurant, and Babli’s and Viraj’s conversation in the subway. The scenes inside the pub also make for nice observation, particularly the different types of customers that frequent the watering hole. On the other hand, the film could have been funnier as there was plenty of room for humor. Second, viewers only get an overview of the world of bouncers. Madhur doesn’t address it like he did with the life of the bar dancers at CHANDNI BAR  or the life of entertainment journalists in PAGE 3 . There is no focus on her salary structure, working conditions, or Babli’s interactions with other bouncers. The climax is exciting, but you would certainly expect it to get harder. The finale is cute but also comfortable.
Babli bouncer | Official Trailer | Hindi | Tamannaah Bhatia, Madhur Bhandarkar
Tamannaah Bhatia delivers an amazing performance. This is unlike anything she has done before in her career. The way she perfects the dialect and also penetrates her character’s skin is believable. And most importantly, it suits the role of bouncer. Saurabh Shukla is reliable as always. Sahil Vaid is commendable and provides competent support. Abhishek Bajaj looks decent and is making a big mark with his performance. Sabyasachi Chakraborty (Saurav Dutta) plays an important role and is doing well. Upasana Singh (Dolly Chaddha) is too good to be a rude customer. Khabir Mehta (Babli’s brother Golu) is exhausted and disappears after a while. Ashwini Kalsekar (Bobby Didi) rocks in a cameo. Supriya Shukla, Yamini Dass, Saanand Verma (Jaggii), Rajesh Khera (Inspector Amarnath Singh) and others are good.
The songs are well woven into the narrative, but not of chartbuster variety. ‘Crazy Banks’ and ‘Babli Shor Machaare’ are foot tapping. ‘Le Sajna’ is fine as long as “Man My Halchal” is soulful. The background music by Anurag Saikia complements the action.
Himman Dhamija’s cinematography is decent. The places of Chandigarh are cleverly passed off as Delhi. Vikram Dahiya’s action is raw and not gory at all. Priya Suhass production design is realistic and appealing. Sheetal Iqbal Sharma’s costumes are authentic. Manish Pradhan’s cut is sharp.
Overall, BABLI BOUNCER is a decent watch for its message, its funny moments and the excellent performance by Tamannaah Bhatia.