A section of movie going audience would head to Bittoo Boss expecting a fun rom com ride, another section would expect another lively take on Punjabi weddings and the culture (the Band Baaja Baaraat way) and a fan base of television actor turned film actor Pulkit Samrat that would certainly not want to miss out on his debut. Few people would look out for what Supavitra Babul has in store to offer as a writer and director since the premise of the story, although interesting, is still encapsulated by weddings, boy falls for a girl and at the end of the day a funny take on seemingly mundane incidents of life.
Bittoo is not a boss without a reason. He is an ace videographer. He dreams of being a filmmaker one day but is restricted to shoot weddings in a small town in Punjab. After the premise has been set and a few weddings have been shot and a string of cheesy dialogues to incite laughter, the promising crux of Bittoo Boss gives in to popular mindsets and treads the treaded and over exploited territory. The buildup is nice in the first hour but the story meanders through a few pointless scenes and gets you actually nowhere. The lead pair (Pulkit Samrat and Amrita Pathak) does not manage to fall in love at the videographer’s first wooing. The reason cited is as simple as money. The incident prods the protagonist to head to Shimla to make saucy videos of honeymooners in budget hotels. After a change of heart Bittoo returns, undergoes redemption and then eventually we have an end.
Bittoo Boss may have appeared to be very funny from the promos but it is not an all out laugh riot. There are a few moments when you genuinely smile and Pulkit Samrat tries his best to make the best out of the opportunity he has bagged. Sadly for Pulkit, everything else in the film seems to be stuffed without much novelty. There is very little uniqueness in the director’s vision. We have seen hundreds of weddings on screen and North Indians or Punjabis have more to offer than simply riding through the countryside and visiting holy shrines. The montages in the film are clichéd and several scenes are severely hackneyed. The music does not help to intrigue you either, something that wedding based movies and rom coms must have to impress the audience. The supporting cast does not contribute and Amrita Pathak’s acting skills (or the absence of it) make most scenes where she pops up a forgetful experience. The only aspects of filmmaking that demand a positive mention are cinematography (DoP Maneesh Chandra Bhatt) and editing (Abhishek Seth).
Bittoo Boss would have been a fascinating story had Supavitra Babul thought a bit more why the story would take certain twists and turns and Gautam Mehra (screenwriter) should have reworked on the script a couple of times more. Bittoo Boss loses focus, tries to have several points agenda and wants to rope in love, realization, repents and redemption but the time it takes to unravel every new aspect, the audience cares very little to what happens to the lead pair or the ace videographer turned shady lovemaking shooter turned good man. All for love! (Please)