‘Bade Miyan Chote Miyan’ Receives Flak Online: Audiences Describe It As a Disastrous Viewing Experience


The recent release ‘Bade Miyan Chote Miyan,’ directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, was expected to be a Bollywood blockbuster. However, upon its debut on the celebration of Eid, a wave of criticism has overshadowed what was to be a festive occasion for the movie’s premiere. Starring the likes of Akshay Kumar and Tiger Shroff, the film also features Prithviraj Sukumaran, Sonakshi Sinha, Manushi Chillar, and Alaya F in significant roles, but that hasn’t saved it from a barrage of negative feedback.

Despite high hopes and the advantage of the public holiday which saw theatres filled from the early hours, the action-entertainment flick has left a notably mixed impression. Where some fans voiced their satisfaction, a considerable faction was left decrying the lack of fundamental components such as a solid script and credible acting performances.

Social media platform X, previously known as Twitter, became a hub for film aficionados to unleash their verdicts on the film’s quality. One particular user’s disgruntled review read: “If makers watch their own films, then they will not dare to make such a headache-inducing film again. There is so much action that you will get tired and want to sleep peacefully. Such a film was not expected.”

Another disconcerted viewer stated, “When you realise you watched the worst/crap movie of all times. WHAT A DISASTER.” The tone of the feedback seemed consistent, with one more adding: “#OneWordReview… #BadeMiyaChoteMiyan: UNBEARABLE. Even #AkshayKumar’s and #TigerShroff star-power cannot save this ship from sinking… EPIC DISAPPOINTMENT.”

Contrary to the apparent viewer sentiment, ‘Bade Miyan Chote Miyan’ was noted for its ambitious cinematography and has been the talk of the town for its Hollywood-inspired visual effects. The movie’s action sequences are especially noteworthy, as director Ali Abbas Zafar chose to use actual-action weaponry and military equipment, adding an edge of authenticity intended to thrill the audience. The inventory included military machinery such as Chinooks, Black Hawks, C-235, Humvees, and tanks, to name a few. “Everything we have attempted is with real safety. So, I think when you watch Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, somewhere or the other, you will feel the thrill,” Zafar assured.

The production benefitted from the munificence of several countries allowing the usage of such equipment, purportedly offering the audience an unparalleled experience of action set pieces. According to Zafar, actors performed admirably under realistic conditions, potentially hinting at performances underappreciated by the film’s critical reception.

Produced by a team comprising Vashu Bhagnani, Deepshikha Deshmukh, Jackky Bhagnani, Himanshu Kishan Mehra, and Zafar himself, the film ran into fierce competition upon its release, clashing with ‘Maidaan’ starring Ajay Devgn, a biographical sports film telling the poignant story of Indian football coach Syed Abdul Rahim.

The contrasting fates of these two films on release day have set social media abuzz. While ‘Bade Miyan Chote Miyan’ hoped to magnetize audiences with its star-studded ensemble and jaw-dropping action, it appears that viewers expected more than just flashy visuals and high-octane stunts. The underpinning consensus suggests that a strong narrative and convincing acting are crucial ingredients in crafting a successful cinematic venture, irrespective of the aesthetic value or spectacle on display.

As ‘Bade Miyan Chote Miyan’ continues to be screened across various locations, including Mumbai, London, Abu Dhabi, Scotland, and Jordan, the filmmakers and cast are surely keeping an eye on the audience response. It remains to be seen whether the tides of public opinion will change in favor of the movie, or if this backlash will persist as a defining moment for the involved artists’ careers.

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