One of my old favorites is Bichhoo, starring Bobby Deol and Rani Mukherjee. Bichhoo was one of my earliest Bollywood picks when all I had to go on was the songs. One day on Namaste America they broadcast the song “Tote Tote Ho Gaya” sung by Shweta Shetty and Hans Raj Hans, who actually performed the item number. It is a very up-beat tune and the video is fun to watch.
I haven’t found the words to the song nor an English translation, so we really don’t know the details. As usual, it’s always fun to listen and see what we can make up phonetically, such as the following from the third verse.
An interesting aspect of this movie is that I really liked Bobby Deol’s performance. I have never been a huge fan, but he plays the role of Jeeva, a professional assassin very well. He is very cool and calm throughout the film except during the song sequences, then it’s back to goofy Bobby.
He starts out as a clerk in a record store and falls in love with a girl who happens to be the police chief’s daughter. The chief is not happy and does bad things such as torturing Jeeva and killing his mother. Jeeva is greatly changed by the events and becomes an assassin specializing in the removal of corrupt officials and businessmen.
Jeeva’s partner handles the bookings and finances of their two man operation.
Kiran (played by Rani) is part of a dysfunctional family that lives in an apartment next door to Jeeva. Her father is a small time criminal with a nasty tempered wife who is Kiran’s stepmother. Fights and arguments are abundant.
Kiran tries to befriend Jeeva when they occasionally pass in the hallway, but he doesn’t pay much attention to her. One day while at a local store, the shopkeeper asks her to deliver a couple containers of milk to Jeeva’s apartment. Reluctantly she does this and walks right into his apartment when he answers the door. She trips over his exercise mat and falls to the floor, spilling the milk. While down, she looks up and isn’t sure what she sees.
Kiran sees Jeeva’s pet scorpion (bichhoo) walking toward her at eye level. She immediately freaks out and begins the most over-acted screaming sequence in cinematic history.
I don’t think it was meant to be, but this is one of the funniest scenes I’ve seen. Jeeva is standing totally still and watching Kiran silently. She is screaming her head off, jumping up and down and stomping her feet just inches away. This continues for a long time which makes it even funnier.
While she is at Jeeva’s place, the local police arrive at her apartment. In reality the police are a corrupt band of thugs who control the local narcotics trade. The leader of the gang is played by Ashish Vidyarthi who gives an outstanding performance in a negative roll. The audience will really hate this guy.
In a bad career move, Kiran’s father double crosses the local drug dealers and corrupt narcotics officers. The “police” arrive and blast away every member of Kiran’s family. This includes her innocent and beloved brother, whose murder she witnesses through the keyhole of Jeeva’s apartment.
Now that her family has been wiped out, she has nothing left and is totally dependant on Jeeva’s tolereance; it seems like a good time to break into song and dance. “Jeevan Mein Jaane Jaana” is a very catchy and entertaining number. My Hindi is not very good, but I’m guessing the title translates into something like “Oh my God. How short can Rani’s skirt possibly get?”
While evading the villains, our stars dance their way across town to the Esselworld amusement park in Mumbai in a little tune called Pyaar Tu. This song answers the previously posed question.
The police arrive at the park and begin searching for Kiran and Jeeva.
They are spotted and soon a foot chase begins with many exchanges of gunfire.
While eluding the bad guys, Kiran and Jeeva make a rather poor choice for a get-away vehicle.
Throughout the film Jeeva has been training Kiran in the art of assassination. This is a good picture of Rani, however she should lower her thumb as it is blocking her view of the front sight.
Later in the park, Kiran comes face to face with Villain No. 1.
Unfortunately, he is quicker on the draw and fires the first shot.
Do not fret about our dear Rani being shot. The film makers have once again pulled the old dream sequence. However, this is an action film and soon it’s time for the grand finale. The long action sequence contains fights, gunfire, blood, explosions, special effects and lots of Foley fun.
I won’t divulge how the final action sequence plays out, but it is not a happy ending. In the final scene, Kiran is left alone and walking along the water front (in long pants!) with her new little friend.