Mr Tigmanshu Dhulia, kya samajh kar Bullett Raja banayi thi? Audience bahut khus hogi, sabasi degi kyun? DHIKKAR HAI. Just when you think you will expect better films from avant-garde filmmakers like Dhulia, whose last outing as a director was the mass and class appeal Paan Singh Tomar. Tremendous hype later, you get to see this film which probably is Dhulia’s attempt to be commercially viable but falls rather flat. Yes, it does have moments, but throughout the screening, the only feeling which stays with you of a weak smile and disappointment.
Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia
Actors: Saif Ali Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Jimmy Shergill, Raj Babbar, Vidyut Jamwal, Ravi Kissen, Gulshan Grover and Chunky Pandey
Lyrics: Sandeep Nath, Kausar Munir, Shabbir Ahmed and Raftaar
You meet Raja Misra (Saif Ali Khan), in search of a job and constantly mouthing the dialogue – Brahman rootha toh Raavan. Our jobless ‘Raavan’ gate-crashes into Rudra’s (Jimmy Shergill) sister’s wedding and in a matter of few minutes, becomes bestie with Rudra. Next you know Rudra and Raja are the Jai-Veeru of Uttar Pradesh gangland and the people to watch out for. They start with taking revenge for the killing of Rudra’s Chachaji, get the blessings of Daddaji (Raj Babbar), a political biggie, but fall in trouble when they kidnap Mr. Moneybags, Bajaj (Gulshan Grover). Now, they have to save their skin from the rising enemies. In between, Raja falls for Mitali (Sonakshi Sinha), a wannabe Bengali actress.
Each passing moment, you desperately tell yourself kuch toh substance hai iss film main. When the film ends (on a rather interesting note), you feel that Dhulia basically tried to use the same commercial hotch-potch used in the films which were the mainstays in the 80s and early 90s. A jobless takes to guns for survival. His best friend gets murdered and he goes on a murderous rampage with some sweet moments with his girlfriend thrown in. A corrupt top-level police officer, a few manipulative politicians and a whole lot of maar-dhaad – you will find it in wholesale here. And quite a few scenes have you looking like Rakhi Sawant in a clothes shop – you just don’t know what to do here. Note this, Raja and Rudra kidnap Bajaj and Mitali is picked up too, as she has come to ask Bajaj for a role. A few minutes later, she prefers to tag along with Raja and Rudra and falls in love with Raja.
Meanwhile, you try to figure the reasons behind the actors choosing this film. You meet a Saif Ali Khan whose character is obsessed with being the gussewala Brahman Raavan. Saif has done some such kick-ass roles previously. Here, his dedication is let down by character who has nothing to charm us with. Sonakshi as his love interest Mitali is wasted and nowhere do you see the chemistry between her and Saif. In fact, Jimmy Shergill shares a better chemistry with Saif. Jimmy’s Rudra leaves an impact on you and for once, you are glad Dhulia has stuck to his favourites. Ravi Kissen as the hitman Sumer Yadav and Raj Babbar as Daddaji fascinate you with their portrayal of their characters and so does Gulshan Grover. Some spark comes when Vidyut Jamwal enters the scene as the dacoit catching fearless cop Arun Singh Munna. His action and acting are crackling. But the collective efforts cannot save a film which does not have that X Factor to sell itself.
We wonder if Tigmanshu Dhulia wanted to become commercially saleable which he needn’t be. His brand of movies have found a market of their own. In fact, many can mix genres to create something interesting. In Bullet Raja, we neither see anything commercially fun or the Dhulia touch except in the dialogues (sometimes). The music is totally unattractive. Why so, Sajid-Wajid? It is the action sequences which makes Bullett Raja a fun watch. Rest can be passed into the bin.
Bullett Raja would be a good example of how a perfectly talented director like Tigmanshu Dhulia can botch things up, in an attempt to go all masala. Watch this film actually for time pass, but expect more masala from the chips in the theatre than in the film.
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