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Baa Baaa Black Sheep
Producer: Anand Swarup Agarwal and Krishna Datla
Director: Vishwas Paandya
Starring: Maniesh Paul, Manjari Fadnnis, Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor and Kay Kay Menon
Music: Superbia (Gourov-Roshin and Shaan)
Lyrics: Sunil Sirvaiya and Rajesh Manthan
Film Released on: 23 March 2018
Reviewed by: Anish Mohanty  - Rating: 3.0 / 10
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'Baa Baaa Black Sheep' marks the directorial debut of Vishwas Pandyaa, who has worked on a couple of films as an executive producer in the past. The film, designed as a comic thriller, stars Maniesh Paul, Manjari Fadnnis, Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor and Kay Kay Menon in principal roles.

Baba (Maniesh Paul) is in love with Angelina (Manjari Fadnnis), the daughter of Brian Morris, an art teacher (Annu Kapoor). Charudutt Sharma (Anupam Kher), Baba's father, constantly lives in the fear of his dominating wife. Both Baba and Angelina's fathers lead dual lives. While Brian is a con-man who sells fake artworks, Charudutt is a contract killer. After informing a very shocked Baba about his profession and the fact that their family has been in this profession since the past several generations, Charudutt tells him that he will have to become a contract killer himself and carry the family name forward. Baba is petrified to hear this and refuses at first. Meanwhile, ACP Shivraj Naik (Kay Kay Menon) is out on a mission to bust the drug trade in Goa and nab several people who are complicit in it, including Chief Minister Utpal Shivalkar (Manish Wadhwa).

Had the writers narrated just the basic premise or synopsis of the film to the producers, they would have found it very promising and agreed to invest the film. Perhaps, that is exactly what happened as the core idea does seem to have the trappings of a good comic thriller. The screenplay, unfortunately, is a complete mess. Neither the comic scenes make you laugh nor do the dramatic portions arouse your interest in the proceedings. Dialogues like 'Main JNU student reh chukka hoon, chup nahin reh sakta', yeh achchi khaasi thriller film mein inko emotion maarne ki kya zaroorat hai, mauka chahiye inhein bas babuji banne ka' which have been included to make the audience laugh, will not even make you break into a smile.

Maniesh Paul has a good screen presence and is very confident in front of the camera. His talent needs to be utilised in a better film. Manjari Fadnnis has done well in most of the opportunities she has got in her fourteen year long career but a good film like 'Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Na' is something that has come once in a blue moon for her. Anupam Kher and Annu Kapoor try their best to breathe some life into the pointless screenplay with their sincere performances. It is surprising to see Kay Kay Menon's role being credited as a 'special appearance' as he is right there throughout the film.

'Baa Baaa Black Sheep' is a pointless film. The only saving grace is the fact that it features actors (both young and veterans) who understand their craft well and are professional enough to act well even when they are saddled with a foolish screenplay.

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