Bombhaat premiered on 3rd December 2020 on Amazon Prime Video. Directed by Raghavendra Varma, the Telugu language science fiction drama film is written by Akshay Poolla and produced by Vishwas Hannurkar under the Sucheta DreamWorks Productions banner. The movie stars Sushanth Reddy, Chandini Chowdary, Simran Choudary, Priyadarshi Pulikonda, Makarand Deshpande, and Shishir Sharma alongside other cast members.
Bad Luck With Bad Reasoning!
Remember when Bollywood thought that it was necessary to make an entire song on Akshay Kumar’s character in Housefull titled ‘Panauti’ (someone who brings bad-luck) but that was back in 2010. But here we are in 2020 following the same lines of bad luck, possessive ex-girlfriend, and um, a human-like robot akin Chitti from the 2010 Rajnikanth-starrer Robot. Over the last few years, Tollywood has proved to be an industry that moves away from beauty standards and is progressive overall and then we got Bombhaat.
There are too many things about this film that are flawed. For starters, the humanoid robot here, Maya (Simran Choudary), is nowhere close to a robot. She is the main chaos point of the film and the makers decided to pay little to no attention to her. She is often reduced to a mere link character that makes the hero’s ex-girlfriend jealous or does chores – after all, she is a female-humanoid, so, why not? If I compare both Maya and Chitti as they both are humanoids, Maya is a disaster, both in terms of her appearance and presence on-screen. The only thing that tells you it’s a robot is the sound of her body parts moving.
Furthermore, the protagonist here is Vicky played by Sai Sushanth Reddy who is bland and monotonous in terms of character tone and acting. There is nothing at all that’ll make you connect with the character and even the saddest of scenes are nuisances here. The list, however, doesn’t stop here. Shishir Sharma as Professor Aacharya, Maya’s father or creator, is negligible. He speaks without moving his mouth and the dubbing is also quite bad. However, his screen presence is also not up to the mark.
With everything about Bombhaat passable and messy, the makers start the movie with a quote from one of the greatest directors -Alfred Hitchcock: “Where drama begins logic ends”. I am pretty sure Hitchcock didn’t mean this as a free pass to make illogical movies. Not only did the film seriously lack logic and sense, the direction and acting were also lacklustre. Surely, it would have been easy to forego the lack of substance or acting here but there’s just nothing good about this film.
Lastly, can we just stop showing girls as nothing more than possessive humans? It is degrading and annoying. Bombhaat focuses on building upon human and humanoid relationship in such a sloppy manner that you want to exit in the first 30-minutes. Referring back to Robot, again, there was something flawless in Chitti and Dr. Vasikaran’s relationship that made their relationship relatable but here it’s just a bunch of movie inspirations combined in the worst manner possible.
Stream It or Skip It
SKIP IT! Bombhaat is a waste of time and resources. There are tons of gender stereotyping and every kind of bullcrap you would want to ignore. For a movie that is around 2 hours long, it is bland, senseless, and passable without regrets. The story is all over the place, acting is lacklustre, smart jokes are scarce, and the soundtracks are below average. What-a-waste!
Bombhaat is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
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