By Goher Iqbal Punn, Film Critic & Entertainment Analyst, Showbiz Bites
Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Jimmy Shergill, Ravi Kissen, Gulshan Grover and Mahi Gill (sp.appearance)
Music: Sajid-Wajid and RDB
Bullet Raja, Saif Ali Khan and Sonakshi Sinha starrer, hits the screens today with oomph and conviction. Well, the movie has been rising quite high in the air – courtesy: promos and the promotional activities done in abundance. Additionally, Saif Ali Khan’s new avatar was raising the interest level to watch what is it all about. Both the stars are saleable and their flicks run well at the box office. Thus, pairing of both – Saif Ali Khan and Sonakshi Sinha is another plus point for the film. Both delivers hits these days and this is what the focus of the viewers and obviously this was what in the mind of the filmmakers when they were taken on board. Tigmanshu Dhulia, the man behind this venture, has enticed the cinegoers and critics as well with his past efforts like Paan Singh Tomar and Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster Returns (franchise). Now he returns with another outing ‘Bullet Raja’, which is an utter commercial movie of his career so far.
From the promos, Saif Ali Khna’s avatar and the film’s face value, the viewers were sure to find a hi-octane gangster drama flick packed with action and heart-hitting dialogues. Well, yes, it carries all to allure the masses and live up to their expectations. Bullet Raja is a complete commercial masala film that has been designed to appeal the masses of all age-groups. In particular, the youngsters would be impressed by it more than the others. And ofcourse it is the younger generation which brings up whopping amount of business at the box office.
If you are going to find out an utter novelty in the plotline, then, wait since there is no utter level of novelty in the subject. But what matters the most and what attracts the most are execution, style, dialogue and power-packed performances, which one finds in plenty in the film. Tigmanshu focuses on all of them and there he works big time among the audiences sitting in the auditoriums.
Bullet Raja tells the story of Raj Mishra (Saif Ali Khan), who is a commoner and then transforms into a gangster. Being a true lover and a loyal friend, Raja is the one who lives life on his own terms and style without any kind of fear at all. He takes on the system now with his own style.
Well, from the story, you are reminded of endless amount of past Bollywood movies in which a commoner becomes a gangster and then starts going against the law and system. We have watched a number of movies of this kind in 80s and 90s and even till today, filmmakers go using the same concept injecting some other masala into the narrative to agree with the taste of the today’s viewers. And Tigmanshu too is one of them. But Dhulia’s Bullet Raja is much appealing (apart from the old plot) due to high commercial value, power-packed performances, execution of the subject on celluloid and dialogue, which are the actual life of the film. Dialogues in the movie are what must be in this kind of narrative and for this Tigmanshu deserves brawny points.
Dialogues, as mentioned above, are simply superb and they have been written none other than by Tigmanshu Dhulia. He also shares his mind with Amaresh Misra for writing the screenplay of the film, which is not extra-ordinary at all, but goes well with the audiences nonetheless. Action is first-rate. Editing is fine. Cinematography by P.S. Vinod is eye-pleasing. Music by Sajid-Wajid and RDB is simply ordinary. Background score is average.
Saif Ali Khan is a fantastic actor, who has impressed with his brilliant acting style is Race 2 and now he impresses with his true acting prowess in Bullet Raja. Pick any of his movies such as Omkara and others, the actor is found potentially great in each one of them. Sonakshi Sinha looks stunning and delivers her role with conviction. Jimmy Shergill is first-rate. Ravi Kissen is fine. Gulshan Grover looks great with his character. Rest of the cast impresses as well.
On the whole, Bullet Raja is an appealing and a true commercially entertaining movie with power-packed dialogue, strapping performances and brilliant execution sans any novelty in the narrative (which is a bit of weakness). Go and watch it.
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