Director: Farhad Samji. Cast: Akshay Kumar, Kriti Sanon, Jacqueline Fernandez, Arshad Warsi, Prateik Babbar, Pankaj Tripathi

Saharsh Kumar Shukla, Ashwin Mushran, Sanjay Mishra, Abhimanyu Singh and Seema Biswas. IANS Rating: **1/2

Farhad Samji’s ‘Bachchan Pandey’ is a tale of the self-proclaimed don of Bhagwa, Bachchan Pandey (Akshay Kumar),

who has unleashed a reign of terror, mercilessly killing those who dare to challenge him. How a budding director,

Myra (Kriti Sanon) from Mumbai, along with her actor-friend Vishu (Arshad Warsi), decides to make a biopic on him

and what ensues, forms the crux of this film that stretches for two and half hours. The film is replete with caricatures and

appears more like a dark comedy, as the humour is often garbed in gore, only with some supposedly witty one-liners coming to the rescue.

The plot appears decent, but its ambitious treatment adds to the confusion. The scenes are needlessly stretched

Apart from the action sequences, there is a generous dose of blood and gore. With Bachchan Pandey and his coterie

of goons — Kandi (Saharsh Kumar Shukla), Bufferiya (Sanjay Mishra), Pendulum (Abhimanyu Singh) and Virgin

slash people’s throats and fire at them without blinking an eyelid. The first half of the film, although overstated,

at least appears credible, establishing Bachchan Pandey’s character, but post-interval.