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My takeaway from Bypass Road
is that perhaps it isn’t such a good idea to let an actor write a script,
play the lead role, co-produce the film
and have his brother direct it. Because then what you get isn’t a film,
it’s a showreel. Neil Nitin Mukesh has written the story,
screenplay and dialogue of Bypass Road which is a fantastically convoluted thriller. There are so many twists, reveals, false alarms,
schemers and disgruntled lovers that I just lost track of the story. I honestly can’t tell you
what actually went down in this lavish Alibaug house
in which much of the film is set and where everyone seems
to just want to kill each other. But we do get NNM as Vikram Kapoor, a dashing playboy, a loving elder brother,
a vulnerable wheelchair-bound victim, a Machiavellian mastermind
and a debonair fashion designer. That, incidentally, is his day job. He’s the style guru who sleeps with
and then dumps their showstopper Sarah. She tells him – Mujhe hurt karoge, chalega.
Mere ego ko hurt karoge, nahi chalega. I’d like to throw that line at someone,
but I’m still trying to figure out what it means. Vikram is also dating an intern who reads Harry Potter to him when he’s
hospitalized after a car accident. Clearly the global conversation around
sexual politics in the workplace has eluded him. That could be because he’s too busy dealing
with his father who neglected him, his stepmother who’s plotting against him and these two other men who
just keep showing up to create trouble. Vikram’s only ally in this house is the
trusted house help Kaka, who looks after him. But we all know what happens
to characters like these. Like his brother, debutant director
Naman Nitin Mukesh wants to cover all bases. So Bypaas Road has shades of Neil’s
debut film Johnny Gaddaar, then goes into Madhur Bhandarkar’s
Fashion territory and then finally settles into a slasher-meets-home invasion movie
like Game Over. Naman has a fondness
for overhead drone shots. We see way too much
of the Alibaug jetty and we get multiple shots
of a Bypass Road road sign almost as though Naman doesn’t trust us
to remember the name of the film. Characters also keep repeating dialogue. Like somebody will say:
Iss gun mein abhi bhi ek goli baaki hai and then immediately follow it up with:
there is still one bullet left in this gun. It’s mystifying. Naman creates some effectively
suspenseful sequences. Like a moment in Vikram’s bedroom when
he’s trying to escape a masked killer and a scene in which
he nearly drowns in a bathtub. But Naman doesn’t have
much to work with. The script is incoherent and
the characters are cardboard. Apart from Neil,
the others have little to do. Rajit Kapoor plays
Vikram’s clueless father. There’s a flashback in which he wears
an unintentionally comical hairpiece and I almost felt a little sorry for him. Gul Panag is the stepmom who wears
a swimsuit and drinks with girlfriends and so we know she must be bad. And Adah Sharma is the intern who
devotedly nurses Vikram back to health despite his supermodel shenanigans. In this world, bad behavior
has no consequences, which would be fine
if the plot wasn’t so silly. The unkindest cut is a tepid club remix
of “So Gaya Yeh Jahan” from Tezaab – one of my favourite
Chunky Pandey memories, now ruined forever.

44 thoughts on “Bypass Road | Bollywood Movie Review by Anupama Chopra | Neil Nitin Mukesh | Film Companion

  1. I really want to watch a movie made by you. How perfect it would be. Such a blockbuster, history will be made in India.

  2. The problem with these star kids is that they live in their own world, and have zero relation with the common indians

  3. dekho virtual signal karne wale log , khud kitne sexual video pic dal ke clickbait kar rahe hai …. tab kahan jata hai inka objectification …

  4. "I'd like to throw that line at someone but I am still trying to understand what it means"… Died.. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  5. What is your problem anupama mam??? If that person can act, write, produce and if his brother has the talent to direct its amazing… salman sir does that… and many more… if u have the guts, first u have to review ur husband's movie…

  6. Can't believe you took time to watch this movie and do the review session. Kya dikha aapko trailer mein jo dekhne chalegaye? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  7. Ms. Anupama Chopra It shows a lack of knowledge in Hindi, if you hurt me physically I can forgive you but if you hurt my ego I can't forgive you. It is as simple as it is and it is well-written dialogue
    I hate your sarcastic laugh.

  8. Didnt even know such a movie was releasing. But enjoyed this review thoroughly! Anupama, you are so funny! You should try stand up comedy with your observations on Bollywood movies!

  9. I have to agree with others. As a critic it is a paramount you be neutral and if you cant call out others who do what Neil has done then it is unjust to call him out. Be fair, just and neutral. Had Neil been a A lister actor you wouldn't have said what you did and that's the sad part. You have worked hard and have gained credibility. Dont lose it by doing what you have here. Atleast Neil is trying. He has talent but yes he is still finding good ground. I wish him the best.

  10. Let's see if the same is said about 'Dabangg 3'
    Or if the "Bollywood Fraternity" is too afraid to comment on a "family showreel"

  11. Actually Anupama and Rajive should start making movies.and other directors should sit at home.because these two never give any positive review about any movie.😑😑😑😑

  12. Why dont you say the same to other big star movies , everyone have the right to create what they want. He is trying his options so as a critic you should give your suggestions on what can be improved with what he has done , not on how he has done it. Dont make such remarks , that really dont sound like Anupama Chopra because i am a fan of yours and see your reviews as well as interviews
    often.

  13. If dislikes of any video is 10% of the likes then that video is a big flop on Youtube…….your every video is a flop……………no other self proclaimed critic gets this much of criticism

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