Well, it was just fun what they were aiming for and if you are sensible enough to expect something funny from that trailer they showed, Honey Bee from Jean Paul Lal (Lal Jr.) won’t disappoint you much. It has its flaws in terms of scripting, but some impressive performances and engaging humor throughout the content makes the movie enjoyable on the whole.
Well the plot basically is about the love story of Sebastian (Seban) and Angel. Seban and Angel are very close friends from the childhood and they weren’t sure about a romantic relationship between them until the marriage of Angel got fixed. On the night before Angel’s marriage Seban and his friends partied hard and in their drunken mental condition they decided to tell Angel about Seban’s love and stop her from the marriage. Angel who actually had feelings for Seban decides to go with him. The scene goes dark when Seban realizes that he did all this just because of the drugs he had on the previous night and Angel’s brothers who doesn’t have a clean backdrop decides to hunt them down. How the couple and their friends manage to escape from Angel’s brothers is basically the movie all about.
Well what’s indigestible about this Lal Jr movie is its pivotal shift towards the middle and the sensibility of that shift. It takes almost an hour long scripting to convince the brothers lead by Lal, that all these chaos were not intentional and all. What I can’t understand is why the scripting made this easy process so complicated. It is clear that it’s not easy to convince such arrogant minds, but they should have reduced the degree of complexity. All those second half selfless friendship dramas scored in terms of performance, but wasn’t that convincing when you look at the story. Much like his father’s earlier works, Jean Paul has managed to create some really humorous sequences in the movie. The scene were the gang goes to Angel’s house is one such memorable scene. The script also manages to keep the humor on a consistent level and that really helps as it keeps the movie away from grey zones.
On the performance side Asif Ali is quite comfortable in his safe zone character as Sebastian aka Seban. Bhavana is pretty cool as the bold and beautiful Angel. Baburaj returns to the screen after a significant gap and really scores with his comic sense. Balu as Ambro is the discovery of Honey Bee. For me the star of the show was Sreenath Bhasi who was amazing with his screen presence and humor. Even in those typical scenarios, Bhasi’s unconventional dialog rendering creates a kind of humor. The guy’s cool acrobatics in that stunt sequence along with Baburaj should be appreciated and I really loved the way he performed in those last sequences. Lal plays the antagonist part with ease. Suresh Krishna is convincing in his role. Archana Kavi was ok but her pairing with Baburaj was a bit too much. Amith, Azeem jamal, Praveena, Vijay Babu and many others are there in the cast who have done a good job.
In the making, Jean Paul doesn’t have any signature style but still the making isn’t that outdated. The script loosely takes an inspiration from the Hangover saga. As I mentioned earlier, there isn’t a convincing reason for the main conflict in the film and that’s really a drawback. Too much of drugs to make it youthful can be disturbing for a conventional audience. The dialogs are humorous. Impressive edits and good cinematography are there to boost the technical side of the movie. Deepak Dev’s music is good and the BGMs are also suitable.
Overall, Honey Bee from Lal Jr is a simple fun film. The movie in my perspective deserves only a 2.5/5. But I was so impressed by Sreenath Bhasi’s performance that I am giving the movie a 3/5. Concluding with a query, was that a real kiss? 😉
Honey Bee from Lal Jr is a simple fun film. The movie in my perspective deserves only a 2.5/5. But I was so impressed by Sreenath Bhasi’s performance that I am giving the movie a 3/5.
Green: Recommended Film
Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films
Red: Not Recommended