Anurag Kashyap’s GANGS OF WASSEYPUR introduced viewers to the lives of gangsters in the hinterland and left a great impression on the viewers. Five years later, Kushan Nandy enters the similar space with BABUMOSHAI BANDOOKBAAZ and it has Nawazuddin Siddiqui as the leading actor, who also played a significant role in second part of GANGS OF WASSEYPUR. So does BABUMOSHAI BANDOOKBAAZ reach the level of GANGS OF WASSEYPUR or does it fail to make an impact, let’s analyse.
BABUMOSHAI BANDOOKBAAZ is the story of a contract killer whose life takes a drastic turn after he meets his lover and a protege. Babu Bihari (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is based in a small town in North India and kills people on contract basis. He normally works for a politician Dubey (Anil George) and his rakhi sister Sumitra (Divya Dutta). He meets a cobbler, Phulwa (Bidita Bag) and falls for her and her kickass attitude. He helps her avenge the killing of her rapists and hence she falls for him too. This brings a tiff between Babu and Sumitra. Babu is assigned to kill three people by Dubey, one of them being Sumitra’s right hand man Triloki (Murli Sharma). Assuming that Babu might not fulfil this job owing to his closeness to Sumitra, Dubey asks an upcoming killer Banke Bihari (Jatin Goswami) to do the same job. Babu learns about this double deal of Dubey and he challenges Banke to kill those three guys before him. If Banke manages to kill two out of three, Babu promises to leave the profession. Despite being rivals, Babu and Banke bond very well. How Babu’s life takes a shocking turn by the time this ‘game’ ends and what he does next forms the rest of the film.