Rambir Kapoor, descendant of the Kapoor dynasty, plays a nice nitwit, “Babli” with a Robin Hood aesthetic, he steals from the insured wealthy to bequeath to dire dallits or those bereft of financial resources; another Bollywood fairy tale that the India populace seems to crave; imbued with terrific, scintillating dance numbers; blindingly colorful costumes, and a plot reminiscent of a myriad of mundane, sophomoric scenarios audiences have perpetually suffered through, ad nauseum.
Babli is an orphan who falls desperately in love with “Tara” ( Pallavi Sharda makes the most of a minimal role), whose blatant rejection cuts him to the core and initiates his path to reform. Poorly edited, the plot is redolent with boredom, platitudinous silliness, resulting in anesthetized ennui; even the orphans do not garnish much sympathy.
The single most intriguing element in “Besharam” (shameless) is the cavalier treatment of graft and corruption widespread throughout India’s political arena and positions of authority. Neetu (Baby Sonia) Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor (real life parents of Rambir) are untoward police officers salivating, lusting after ill- gotten gains.
Director Abhinav Kashyap (“Dabangg”) had to have been felled by a petit mal seizure to foist this insipid excuse for entertainment on an audience deserving of so much more.
ONE & 1/2 STARS!