Babumoshai Bandookbaaz is a Hindi film starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the titular role. Before it’s release, film has gone through many up’s and down’s with the censor board. Ex-censor chief Pahlaj Nihalani ordered 48 cuts in the film, which would have been the worst thing that could have possibly happen to this film. Prasoon Joshi cleared the film with about 8 cuts and hence the film is intact with its rogue tone and heartland treatment of the film. Nawazuddin has become a poster boy for Indie cinema, especially if the film is based in rural areas of India. This character of his borrows from Gangs of Wasseypur and maybe not rightfully so.
Plot of the film revolves around a contract killer by the name of Babumoshai, who is very handy with guns and desires women the most. Babumoshai finds his love into a poor woman and then gets betrayed by his own Protege contract killer. The film then goes into a thriller mode and a challenge begins between him and his protege where they had to kill more people than the other in less amount of time to save their own reputation and life. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is not real in the film and performs an outlandishly extravagant performance with wild love and one-liners to deliver. Nawazuddin is stereotyping himself with these roles. It is undeniable that he is brilliant in the roles he does but not too many times one can nurture the same brilliance.
Kushan Nandy’s direction is not bad but rather mediocre and a 100 times seen before. His direction is the love child of Anurag Kashyap and Tigmanshu Dhulia’s treatment of heartland rowdies. 2nd half of the film pushes itself into being an action packed thriller but it lacks some emotional drive. Cinematography is again seen many times before and offers nothing new in terms of visuals and language. Overall Nawazuddin’s fan can watch the film one time but it does not have anything new to offer.