Sajid’s Box Office darling
Director: Sajid Khan
Eshaan and Loy
Deshmukh, Fardeen Khan, Vidya Balan
and Boman Irani
Showing at theatres near you
Acclaimed stand-up comedian Sajid Khan has made a smart decision by choosing a comedy for his debut as a movie director. He has proven he can make people laugh even when he is behind the camera. Although the basic storyline is from the Hollywood movie Three men and a baby, he has added new plots to adapt it to the Bollywood style.
The story of Heyy Babyy revolves around three Casanovas whose life changes after a baby girl is left at their doorstep. For Arush (Akshay Kumar), Ali (Fardeen Khan) and Tanmay (Ritesh Deshmukh), life till now has been all about having fun and dating women. However, their frivolous lifestyle goes topsy- turvy when they have to look after the eight-month-old girl. A small mishap makes them realise their true feelings for the girl and she becomes the centre of their life.
The entry of the baby’s mother Esha (Vidya Balan) brings a twist to the movie revealing the baby’s biological father. She takes away the baby from them and thus the effort to get back the baby starts between Esha and the three men.
Although the movie is being publicised as a comedy, it does have its share of the typical Bollywood emotional and romantic sequences. Sajid has even included the most repeated formula of ‘God’s miracle’ in saving the baby from deathbed. The movie also has the most obvious element of Bollywood movies — an emotional climax.
The brilliant chemistry between the three male actors brings the scenes (especially the comedy parts) alive. The director has kept the comedy, done through both actions and dialogues, from going overboard or getting too loud. Boman Irani’s (Esha’s father) comic timing, which is in harmony with the three actors, is the cherry on top.
Fardeen’s performance as a nerd named Parimal Tripathi, inspired by the hit movie Chupke Chupke, is hilarious. Even the baby’s emotions have been captured and used excellently; the editor has done a good job. Akshay gives yet another commendable comic performance and Ritesh has proved his mettle in comedy. Vidya Balan, the only one who hasn’t done comedy in the movie, is outshone by the other actors.
All the songs are foot tapping fast tracks, but only two songs are catchy — the title track which has been in the news due to the special appearances by many actress, and the Mast Kalandar number, which again has special appearance by Shahrukh Khan.
With all the masalas minus the fight sequence of a commercial Bollywood movie, Sajid Khan delivers a Box Office darling.