Hey Baby Movie Review
They say that Heyy Baby has been inspired by the Hollywood flick, Three Men and a Baby…I don’t know whether that’s true as I haven’t seen the Hollywood film. So, what’s the movie about? Three men and a baby?
Yep, that’s right.
Casanovas Arush (played by Akshay Kumar), Ali (Fardeen Khan) and Tanmay (Ritiesh Deshmukh) are living it up in Sydney, Australia. They hold down cool jobs – Arush is a manager of a night club, Tanmay is an entertainer and Ali a guy who makes money from betting. They certainly seem to have a lot of money as they live in a swanky place and spend most of the time drinking, partying and sleeping around with beautiful girls. Love and marriage are words they scorn.
Everything changes when a little baby arrives on their door-step. Their world is torn apart as they desperately try to bring the situation (and the baby) under control. Being totally clueless about babies, their attempts lead to some hilarious scenes. If a question haunts them (who is the father of the baby??) it soon recedes into the background as they get increasingly involved with the little girl. There are some rather touching scenes as these three rakes, used to breaking a girl’s heart in the wink of an eye, get all choked up over a baby. They may have hated the baby at first, but these feelings eventually turn to love! If that’s a trifle difficult to believe, well, these things happen in movies!
Actually, the movie is so funny and all the guys put up such a good comic act and have such good chemistry with each other, that it doesn’t matter how unbelievable it all seems. Director Sajid Khan carries the audience along with him. And the baby certainly helps. A cute little damsel with an expressive face. The guys were not as good in the serious scenes, except for Fardeen Khan. Akshay was not at all convincing in the emotional scenes.
What’s disappointing is that the comedy more or less ends with the first half. Sure, there are some comic scenes in the second half too, but I didn’t like them as much as those in the first half. Anyway, the second half has a lot of Bollywood melodrama, and is designed to extract a few tears. I can enjoy Bollywood melodrama…but I felt that it was rather overdone here. Even the comedy in the second half was less natural and was at times rather gross! Specially the scene with the three guys in the shower together. There were parts in the second half that dragged as well…
And what was Vidya Balan doing in the film? Well she was missing in the first half, which is replete with scores of pretty women (the guys’ gals) ranging from Malaika Arora and Neha Dhupia to Diya Mirza, Koena Mitra and Ria Sen. None of them have any role at all except for traipsing around on the screen in mini-skirts, dancing with these three ‘studs’. Vidya Balan, enters the scene in the second half…as Esha, the mother of the baby. I liked her in the film. She acts in a restrained way and comes across as a strong, determined sort who will not stand for any nonsense, not even from the man she loves. Her lack of histrionics is unusual in a bollywood film, but I liked her acting. Her eyes are expressive and her expressions say it all.
The music (Shankar Ehsaan Loy) was average, but some of the songs like ‘Ishq Mohabbat’ were well choreographed. Oh yes. Shah Rukh puts in a short appearance at the fag end of the movie. Half a song. That’s it. And I almost forgot to mention Boman Irani. He plays Esha’s father. He’s funny, and acts alright, but he’s getting boring in such roles.
Overall, this movie is okay ‘time-pass’ – certainly not a must-see. It’s one of those movies one can catch on a lazy Sunday if there is nothing else to do. If one thinks of the movie as fare dished out by a first-time director, one can even call it good. But it’s best not to expect too much. Whether you like it or not finally depends on what you expect and on your mood that day!
(Movie poster from indicine and Vidya Balan’s pic from musicnmovies)