Movie Review: It's shocking that 'Balwinder Singh Famous Ho Gaya'
Friday, September 26, 2014 18:45 IST
By Rajinder S. Taggar, Santa Banta News Network
Cast: Mika Singh, Shaan, Gabriela Bertante, Anupam Kher, Rajpal Yadav, Asrani, Vindu Dara Singh

Director: Sunil Agnihotri

Rating: **

Well now it has become a set trend for Punjabi singers to take up acting as their part time profession and the league comprises of prominent names like Diljit Dosanjh, Gippi Garewal et al. And it looks like the wizard of voice who recently got bitten by this acting bug is singer Mika Singh But unlike his other contemporaries from Punjabi pop arena Mika took a somewhat better and different path and opted for a Bollywood movie to step in the acting aisle along with another singer turned actor Shaan, instead of a Pollywood cine flick.

And in this new beginning of his Mika got the company of Bollywood's seasoned actors like Anupam Kher, Rajpal Yadav and Asrani too, who teamed up with him for Sunil Agnihotri's recently released cine delight "Balwinder Singh Famous Ho Gaya" which also has Gabriela Bertante, Vindu Dara Singh in the prominent roles. At its opening "Balwinder Singh Famous Ho Gaya" witnessed a poor response at the BO which had just 15 cine-goers in the first show. With "Balwinder Singh Famous Ho Gaya" the producer has attempted to reap big dividends by casting Anupam Kher, Mika and Shaan, all well known names of Bollywood. But the blunder lies in the story and its rickety plot.


In the movie singers Mika and Shaan carry the same name Balwinder Singh Ludhianevala and second Balwinder Singh Patialacala. Both the cities are located in Punjab. With frames rolling ahead Mika is sent to Mumbai by his village friends to become famous. After reaching Mumbai Mika befriends Julie (Gabreila Bertante) both living in the same rented building belonging to renowned comedian Asrani. Whereas on the other hand it's Shaan who is upset on his failure to date the heroine.

On the hind-side movie has another prominent character, Divan Sahib (Anupam Kher) who lost his son in a car accident and is eager to trace his grandson Balwinder alias Balu aka Balwinder Singh who is saved by an obnoxious women. With story proceeding ahead a newspaper advertisement given by Divan Sahib brings a flood of claimants who portraying themselves to be his grandson. Ultimately the women who had taken away Divan's grandson 25 years ago is incidentally traced by Divan Sahib. While attempting to avoid Divan the woman meets with an accident. The woman named in the film as Jammuna losses her memory.

Ultimately the woman in another accident regains her memory and takes Anupam Kher to a car workshop where his grandson is gainfully employed.

The story line and the plot are comical which seem to have been deliberately created the way they are.


Yes a few scenes with dialogues of Rajpal Yadav force the viewers to giggle.

The movie can boast of songs by Mika and Shaan. In a cameo Sunny Leone dances to the tune of a song. Technically there is no draw back in the use of cameras, spotlights and sound.

The whole story does not show who has ultimately become famous? So on the basis of the entertaining potency of "Balwinder Singh Famous Ho Gaya" all that I can shell out is 2 stars and that's because I am still in a state of dilemma that despite such a flimsy concept and execution "Balwinder Singh Famous Kaise Ho Gaya".
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