Bahut Hua Samman is a 2020 Hindi language comedy-thriller movie currently streaming on Disney+ Hotstar. The movie is directed by Ashish R Shukla (of Undekhi fame) and stars Sanjay Mishra, Raghav Juyal, Abishek Chauhan (again of Undekhi fame), and Nidhi Singh (of Permanent Roommates fame) as the leads.
Ram Kapoor, Flora Saini, Dibyendu Chakraborty, and Namit Das are also seen essaying interesting characters.
Bahut Hua Samman revolves around the lives of two friends—Juyal and Chauhan. They are in their engineering final year and are yet to score decent enough grades to secure a job at the recruitment drive due in a few days' time. Their lives take an unexpected turn when Mishra enters into their lives.
I won't reveal much about the story or the plot. The reason I am writing this review after a year and a half is that Bahut Hua Samman is among those movies that will attain cult status in the years to come.
Bahut Hua Samman has been presented in a creative manner with great comic effects blended into the sarcasm about the current plight of the country. Without going against any religion or any leader, the movie throws light on several burning issues.
"I can imagine only Anurag Kashyap churning out such movies. But this one is better than several Kashyap movies, " is what my friend Mahesh aka Karan said after watching the movie for the first time.
"I can guess why you watched it for the third time today with us," he added.
Yes, I am writing this piece of appreciation after watching the movie for the third time. This is a gem that needs viewing and more watch hours.
The way Andaz Apna Apna was rejected by the public upon its release in 1994, only to attain cult status decades later, I don't want the same fate to repeat with this finest piece of art.
The best part about the movie is the performances of the actors. Whether it is Sanjay Mishra as Ram Prasad or Ram Kapoor as Lovely Singh, every actor has gone out of their comfort zones to deliver stellar performances.
The use of retro songs, both in the foreground and the background, is refreshing to the ears. The postmodern approach of the storytelling method is a visual treat.
And yes, be ready to meet "Bahu Apekshya"—Sanjay Mishra's version of "Alexa" and Terminator Mishra at the climax.
The title of the movie has a lot to say about the story and the characters. I won't say much about it. Simply, tune into Hotstar or click here to enjoy your fun ride.
Partha Prawal (Goswami) is a Guwahati-based journalist who loves to write about entertainment, sports, and social and civic issues among others. He is also a published author.