22nd November 2020

Bicchoo Ka Khel, More Mayhem & Filth From Mirzapur

Bicchoo Ka  Khel(Zee5)

Starring Divyendu Sharma, Rajesh Sharma,Syed Zeeshan Qadri

Rating: **

Some  more mayhem and maha-mari in the land  of   bakchodi  and maara-mari. The stinkiepoosmall-town formula  which started  on the big-screen with  Anand Rai’s  Tanu Weds Manu then went  in Barelli Ki Barfi. That formula has now  stagnated into  a bomb ka gola exploding erratically  in and around the backwater  of Uttar Pradesh.Ganga maiyya ki  Jai ho!

 This one looks like a less selfimportant variation on Mirzapur.Indeed  the USP  of Bicchoo KaKhel is  that  it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Otherwise  it’s  the same bucolic  characters  speaking in the same drawl with multiple mader..ds  thrown in  for  crude measure.  Even  the lead is  the same. And the only way  I can tell Divyendu apart in this  serial  from Mirzapur is his name. Munna Bhaiyya is now  Akhil Bhaiyya and he  loves his Baapu like a a pal. They piss and they pee(drink) together  like two  teenagers  just discovering a  life beyond masturbation.

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I  liked the cheesy camaraderie between  Divyendu Sharma and  his screen dad  Mukul  Chadda. While Daddy  has his little  fun on the side , Beta  stands guard  outside…If you think that’s  cringy,then well..you are in the wrong place.  The  mofussil mayhem and  the tawdry titillation  of  the  cow belt  is  by now  a streaming reality . Deal with it.

Sadly  the  father-son  locker-room bonding ends  all too soon and  Divyendu’s Akhil Bhaiyya  goes on a revenge rampage that  involves  seedy  politicians , sexually active women and  corrupt cops , all  of  whom  share a common affinity  to  foul language and high-octane  pulp drama.

It’s sad to see  this series enthusiastically  recreating the Mirzapur flavor when  it could have  been a lot  more than  just a cut-and-paste  job. Nonetheless Divyendu is an actor who refuses to be  daunted  by  repetition. He  works towards making Akhil Bhaiyya far  more  amusing and far  less intimidating than Munna Bhaiyya.

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But seriously,  it’s time for  an image-change for Divyendu and  the  series on desi spaghetti westerns with the body count being matched by  the bawdy backchat. Bullets and Bakchodi,  bahotho gayi.

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