Neeraj Pathak can’t seem to make up his mind on the direction he wants his film to take. It starts off almost as a spoof of many of Sunny Deol’s old films but midway starts to take itself seriously. Sunny is 3D, a UP gangster who lords over Banaras with an iron hand yet literally goes moist eyed at the mention of his wife Sapna Dubey (Preity Zinta). Sapna is a drama queen, suspicious enough to leave her home when a white woman hugs her dear husband. 3D’s underlings decide that making a film on their boss’s life will sort things out between the couple, so they do the next logical thing – abduct a film director Goldie Kapoor (Arshad Warsi) and force him to get the crew to Banaras and shoot the whole film on location. Enter film writer Porno (Shreyas Talpade) and an actress Mallika (Ameesha Patel) who develops a thing for the Don.
The story was poised for a joyride even if a gag-filled one. However, the director probably had a brainwave and decided to include the proverbial masala to reach the largest audience. In came a parallel track of a rival gangster Helicopter Mishra (Jaideep Ahlawat), who crosses path with 3D. So there’s Goldie Kapoor bumbling through a movie production and a separate track that lets Sunny do what he does best – snarl, scream, punch and kick, and the director gets to blow up some cars. Coherence in storytelling be damned.
Arshad Warsi is the saving grace of the film. He is the only character that makes you laugh. Pankaj Tripathi is good but he has a very short role. Sanjay Mishra tries too hard and is not funny at all. Surprisingly, he is over-the-top. Shreyas Talpade, despite the suggestive name, is strictly ok. Priety Zinta acts well but she does not look the part at all. She is too groomed to be a scruffy small town woman. That brings us to Bhaiaji himself- Sunny Deol. He signed this film almost a decade ago, so he can be excused for taking on this role. He looks tired and is effective in the action scenes. Comedy is not his forte.
Bhaiaji Superhit was conceived many years ago. Fortunately, audience tastes have progressed since then. The writing is the biggest problem of this film. Characterization is non existent. Jaideep Ahlawat’s character alternates between a mean don and a timid person who signs away assets without a fight. Adding to confusion in the muddled writing is Sunny Deol in a double role. This film should never have never left the cans. It may still make some money in B and C centres, the fate of the film was probably sealed even before its release.