Sukhi: Tusshar Kapoor
Tusshar wanted to work with me since the days of Challo Dilli and I was all for him as well; after all he has a very good comic timing. However I told him that for Bajatey Raho, he would have to do something very different from what he has done in other comedies. Also, he had to play a 'pucca Dilli waala' and be seen in a stubble look. He agreed. In the film, he too runs the cable business with his mother.
Ballu: Ranvir Shorey
Ranvir plays Tusshar's friend in the film. As Ballu, he owns a parking lot and is a big time 'jugaadu' (fixer). He can do anything and everything. He is in this mission only for his friend. Interestingly, in the past he has refused a lot of Dillwala roles. However once he read the script of Bajatey Raho, he was on. He didn't want to talk about remuneration. He just wanted to know when did we start.
Mintoo Hassan: Vinay Pathak
Vinay, with whom I have worked since Dasvidaniya, plays a family friend called Mintoo Hassan who is a Muslim and a caterer by profession. He has been presented in a role like never before because inherently, Mintoo is a serious character. His wife is in a jail after being wrongly accused of a crime she hasn't committed. The only way he can get her out is by being a part of this team and bringing on his comic antics.
Sabharwal: Ravi Kissen
Ravi Kissen is playing a part of a Punjabi businessman who has interests in everything, ranging from milk, schools and banks. When I approached him, he was surrounded by three-four other big movies. I wasn't sure whether he would be able to give time to me or not but nevertheless, in my full enthusiasm I narrated the whole film. Once it was through, he just got up and said that 'let's make some good cinema'.
Manpreet: Vishakha Singh
Vishakha plays a wedding choreographer in the film and Tusshar's love interest. I had liked her small part in Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se. When she came to me for Bajatey Raho, I was surprised to see her and told her that she looked rather short. I also felt that she wasn't really a Hindi film heroine that we are looking for. Still, I just gave her a scene. Once she started acting, it didn't take me a minute to finalise her.
Kabootar: Hussan Saad
Hussan is the young boy who had impressed as a Prince in I Am Kalam which is known more for the boy who played the title role. In Bajatey Raho, he is called 'Kabootar' and stays with Mummyji and Sukhi. He plays a very important part in the film since his character is that of a techno savvy whiz-kid.
When all hell has broken loose and it's only the crooks left to rule the roost, it is time for the good to start its fight over evil. But is that enough?? In India's first ever revenge comedy; you shall witness the fight of CON v/s EVIL to retain one's honour, integrity and prestige.
Sabbarwahl (Ravi Kishan) is on a roll committing a series of frauds, all in the garb of a successful business entrepreneur. But little does he know that one of his misdoings has created a huge impact on the lives of 4 poor sods: Mrs. Baweja (Dolly Ahluwalia), Sukhi (Tusshar Kapoor), Mintoo Hasan (Vinay Pathak) and Ballu (Ranvir Shorey) which has only resulted into an enormous wave of need for vengeance.
The death of Mr. Baweja due to a cardiac arrest after being framed in a bank fraud and Saira his assistant being put behind bars, Mrs. Baweja takes the situation in her hands. The poor sods decide to no longer remain victims to the situation by living on scrawny jobs and meagre monies but instead BAJAO Sabbarwahl's band in the best way possible. It's the good hearted underdog who has to become a 'little BAD' to fight the 'very BAD'.
'To dethrone the king is no mean task.'
But a lot needs to happen before that: Sukhi finds love in Manpreet (Vishakha Singh) who has to get Sabbarwahl to twirl to her tunes; Mintoo's 'Modern Catering' has to offer more than just 'Quantity and Quality' and Ballu's cunning ways need to go through the litmus test.
A series of cons, enthralling, amusing and needless to say entertaining to the core. Coz at the end of it all Happy Ending it is... but all you will want to say is 'Bajatey Raho'!!!
BAJAO does everything, but beat around the bush, and blow the wrong hornet...
BAJAO does what it does best... B A J A O !!!
A thumping film with a kickass noise!