Yash Raj Films has been requiring a hit since sometime now, and Badmaash Company would give them some relief in this regard.
Debutant Director - Parmeet Sethi, credited for story, dialogues, screenplay n direction, does impress with the story concept. By seeing the promos, one did get the feeling that it would be 'inspired by' the 2008 Kevin Spacey starrer '21'. Also one did wonder what sort of 'badmaashi' would the lead characters come up with, which we have not seen before?
The story starts off reminiscing the Mumbai of the 90s, in the pre-Mcdonalds/ Coke era, 'jab yeh Bombay tha'. The first con is good, making use of a very 'believable' loop hole in the system, in the pre-liberalisation era. The various getups used by the 4 characters are good, but the screenplay could have been taken higher by many notches, if we could have seen more verbal interaction of the characters in their get ups. Post interval, when the US segment starts, fortunately there is no time wasted on unnecessary screenplay. The plot moves quickly from one con to another and then the cracks start showing up. The break up of the 'company' is also quick, leading to an exciting climax.
All in all, the story is different, music pleasant with credible performances by the cast. Director Parmeet Sethi has done a good job for not only a first timer, but also in coming up with a 'different' product rather than the love story, inane comedies or revenge dramas that keep coming out week after week.
Anupam Kher & Pawan Malhotra deliver competent performances from whatever role has been offered to them. Kiron Juneja is a waste.
Anushka looks beautiful and also has acted well. A good follow up to her debut in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.
Meiyang Chang & Vir Das should have been given meatier roles. They both have acted well and do provide a good spark to the ongoings in the movie. At the end of the day, it is they who along with Shahid & Anushka are the company.
Shahid Kapoor has given a mature performance as the ring leader. His handling of the break up of the company is commendable. He looks fab and gets into the skin of the character. His arrogance post interval actually makes you pity him as you can see his forthcoming descent from the 'highs'. He single handedly lifts the movie on his shoulders.
The movie should do good business since it has a good 2 week gap before the much hyped 'Kites' releases.
Definitely a must watch once, as this is an attempt of bringing different plots to the audiences.