“I’m convinced we all are voyeurs. It’s part of the detective thing. We need to realize secrets and we need to know what goes on in the back of those windows,” said David Lynch. Not most effective has voyeurism given us famous movies like Love Sex Aur Dhokha and Ragini MMS, it’s given the world classics like Rear Window and The Lives of Others. Booming TRPs on reality TV are evidence that we’re achieving out to the voyeur within. Bittoo Boss is the story of a man with a digital camera.
In an age wherein capturing a video as clean as clicking two buttons in your mobile smartphone, Bittoo records satisfied recollections for households at weddings on his camcorder. His idea is to draw happiness from giving others a lifetime of happy recollections. But his righteous profiting from the excellent Indian wedding fervour speedy turns into a darker story. When taking pictures sweet lined weddings doesn’t get him repute, money and love, he turns to the more moneymaking business of filming honeymooners in their inn rooms.
The story is terrific, fresh and nicely layered. The idea of a simple man with a digicam and his tryst with the cruel truth of life is precise to Hindi films. Writer and director Supavitra Babul receives full marks for the concept of the movie. But the execution is a piece of a letdown. The film starts off with a massive Band Baaja Baaraat hangover. The humour is parched, the lawsuits melodramatic and the characters clichéd. But it all changes inside the 2nd half of when Bittoo, sitting on his video console discovers the follies of invading some one’s private space. The film alternatives up steam in departments of drama and humour. The climax isn’t all that bad either.
Bittoo Boss is an honest film. Without being too preachy it hits the proper notes of all that’s wrong with our voyeuristic dispositions. But it doesn’t do enough to move you. The storytelling remains flaky. The song has a rural milieu and it really works for the film’s Punjabi placing. Some precise camerawork and respectable production values additionally upload to the film. So does a best overall performance by newcomer Pulkit Samrat. He’s now not as charming as Ranveer Singh, but the guy looks as if a real appearing talent. His co-megastar and leading woman Amita Pathak doesn’t look or feel like her component.
The movie recovers well from its shaky start and just on the stop it offers you enough laughs and emotion. This movie isn’t your run-of-the-mill love tale cum entertainer. It’s a completely unique film that overcomes the hurdles of production and advertising and marketing budgets to supply a solid tale.