Bachelor Party movie review: Abhijit Mahesh will write and direct Bachelor Party, which Rakshit Shetty will produce. The leads are Diganth, Achyuth Kumar, and Yogesh. Arjun Ramu created the music, Arvind S. Kashyap shot, and Abhishek M. edited. Bachelor Party opened in theaters on January 26, 2024.
Bachelor Party movie review 2024
The movie starring Diganth and Yogesh is all about a husband who is mad at his wife for wasting all of his money.
G. S. Gupta
|Arvind S. Kashyap
|26 January 2024
In 1997, Shivarajkumar starred in a movie called Ammavra Ganda, which questioned gender roles by switching them around in a marriage. But the movie got bad reviews for making fun of feminism and, in the end, giving a social message while agreeing with the status quo. After 27 years, Abhijith Mahesh’s Bachelor Party does the same thing, but it doesn’t promise to send a social message.
He is played by Diganth Manchale and is called Santhosh. His name is Santhosh, which is funny because his wife, Sandhya, loves the maid more than him. He doesn’t want to tell her that she doesn’t pay attention to him because she will yell at him or use “patriarchy and misogyny” against him if he does. He can’t be even a minute late from work because his wife will scold him. One of the characters in the movie calls him a “Ammavra Ganda,” which means “Henpecked husband.”
When he is able to go to a friend’s bachelor party after Sandhya goes to her mom’s house, things change. His childhood friend Maddy (played by Yogi) and their old PT teacher (Achyuth Kumar) are with him when he gets drunk at the party. They get caught up in a gang war between a Mangalorean immigrant and an African crime boss, which leads to a lot of trouble.
Many of us may remember stoner comedies like “The Hangover” or even the crime comedies of Guy Ritchie and Matthew Vaughn from our youth. With its quick cuts, long lens zoom-ins, and heavy use of split screens, the visual language definitely makes you think of them. Each supporting figure gets a great introduction with a musical theme and a different camera angle.
The first part of the movie is all about Diganth’s “helpless” situation. There’s this thing that makes him not want to get a divorce: “How can I tell my parents and live in society after a divorce?” He constantly moans about how bad his wife (and maid) is, to the point where she celebrates the maid’s birthday instead of her own. He won’t say anything about these worries because… Wait, why doesn’t he say anything about them? The movie shows that he is scared and doesn’t feel the need to be strong. Yogesh’s character calls him useless because he didn’t do it, but we never get a good reason for this. Because of society, he doesn’t want to get a divorce, so he just talks badly about his wife behind her back. The movie’s first half really sounds like a bunch of sad husband jokes that boomers send to each other on WhatsApp. On the other hand, wanting to hit the wives back (literally) is a big deal in the movie.
It gets better in the second part of Bachelor Party, especially when Prakash Thumminad and Balaji Manohar show up. It’s fun to watch Thumminad use Mangalorean slang as he throws around word after word in panic while being chased by several gangs. Balaji Manohar plays Mahabala, a crime boss from Mangalore who is also Thumminad’s brother-in-law. He gives the part weight and real menace, building on his bad guy role in Avane Srimannarayana (2019). Abhijith Mahesh, who worked with Rakshit Shetty to write “The Seven Odds,” wrote some of the best lines that the characters ever said to each other. Mahabala’s threat to the lead three is a hilarious scene.
As usual, Diganth plays the part of a character with doe-eyed innocence. The character is never happy (the movie is too proud of its Santhosha pun) and no one can take him seriously, not even when he is mad. He does his best with what he has, but it’s not even close to the level of acting in Yograj Bhat movies. Yogesh has a lot of charm and wit as Maddy, the single woman who hates women. I think he does a good job of showing how almost childlike the character is, but the writing and jokes are too simple. Achyuth Kumar is without a doubt the best thing about the movie. It’s a tired trope for a drunk teacher to give life lessons to past students, but Kumar still brings something new to the part and there are some deep scenes.
The movie has good acting and good technical work, but the writing is what lets it down in the end. It feels like old wine in a new bottle. It’s true that old wine gets better with age, but Bachelor Party doesn’t do that. It makes me think of bad David Dhawan movies from the 1980s and 1990s. The way the women are portrayed in the movie as a bunch of gold diggers is not good. Achyuth Kumar’s dead wife, who gave him a “World’s Best Husband” t-shirt, and a Thai woman with a child (played by YouTuber Achara Kirk) are the only “good women” in the movie.
The constant bashing of women, including fantasies of real bashing, comes across as thinly veiled sexism. To protect themselves, the filmmakers made it a joke in the movie. Siri Ravikumar’s Sandhya is a one-dimensional character who doesn’t have any good points in the movie. Yogesh’s ex-girlfriend shows up at the end of the movie and is shown to be marrying for money again. And let’s not forget Diganth’s coworker who gets a promotion by doing sexual favors for the manager. It’s important to hear about marriage problems from a man’s point of view, but Bachelor Party falls short in that area.