Film: Bullett Raja; Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia; Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Jimmy Shergill, Raj Babbar, Vidyut Jamwal, Ravi Kishen; Rating: ***
Expectations are high after you have made a National Award winning film. Tigmanshu Dhulia has ventured into a new territory with Saif Ali Khan starrer Bullett Raja. You may be happy or unhappy with the film depending on what you expect. We are sure some of Dhulia fans must be unhappy at this desperate attempt at mass entertainment. On the other hand, audiences tortured by mindless entertainers will have something to rejoice.
Bullett Raja is the most masala film of Tigmanshu Dhulia. It has gun fights and massy dialogues thrown at you at regular intervals. Saif Ali Kahn plays role of Raja Mishra, who is forced to enter the world of crime by circumstances. He finds a good friend in Rudra (Jimmy Shergill). Both Raja and Rudra become henchmen of politicians in their home state Uttar Pradesh.Later Rudra is killed and Raja decides to take revenge. He is faced with a police officer (Vidyut Jamwal) and a powerful politician (Raj Babbar). Dhulia shows his understanding of local culture quite well. The story has many turns and twists that are gripping. Sadly, unnecessary songs mar the joy of the story. In a desperate attempt to go massy, Dhulia has shown foreign models as background dancers in songs. We never expected this kind of thing from Dhulia.Thankfully the story is good, in spite of being a bit predictable. Witty one-liners keep you entertained. Action and dialogues are not over-the-top like Dabangg and Singham. The romantic track looks forced in the story.
Saif Ali Khan looks convincing in his lead role. He has given one of the best performances of his career. His diction is authentic. His performance will remind you of his Langda Tyagi act of Omkara. Sonakshi Sinha has noting much to in the film. Jimmy Shergill is affective in his role. Vidyut Jamwal has gripping presence. Both Raj Babbar and Ravi Kishen do justice to their roles. Sadly, Gulshan Grower is wasted in the film.
Sajid and Wajid have given good background score in the film. However, all songs do not add much to the film. One song Tamanche pe disco looks unnecessary.
Tigmanshu Dhulia has tried his best to deliver a sensible mass entertainer. However, don’t expect a Paan Singh Tomar. Have your expectations low and you will be entertained.
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