Movie Review: Bullett Raja
Rating : **
Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia
Producer: Nitin Tej Ahuja, Rahul Mittra, Tigmanshu Dhulia
Music Director: Sajid Ali, Wajid Ali
Lyricst: Sandeep Nath
Saif Ali Khan stands tall and repeats his intense 'Langada Tyagi' act, Jimmy Shergill is impressive, Chunky Pandey is loveable, dialogues are clap-worthy
Boring music, Sonakshi sleepwalks, Gulshan Grover offers nothing new, uninspiring plot, lazy direction
Director Tigmanshu Dhulia has interesting career. After acclaimed flick 'Haasil', he made horrible 'Charas'. Then he found his groove with acclaimed hit flicks like 'Paan Singh Tomar' and 'Sahab Biwi Aur Gangster'. Now he is trying his hands first time on big budget masala Bollywood flick 'Bullett Raja'.
Film does not promise to be as sensitive as director's earlier work 'Paan Singh Tomar' but the problem is the thin plot which has more style than substance. It tells us a story of a common man Raja Mishra (Saif Ali) who becomes a infamous gangster. He has an attitude of nawab (literally) and some real funny humorous ways of enacting dialogues and crimes.
1st half takes time to establish the plot and characters but its entertaining after initial 20 minutes. 2nd portion of 1st half is so slow that even 'Tamanchey Pe Disco' looks like respite. Side kicks like Jimmy Shergill and Chunky Pandey make the proceeding interesting but Gulshan Grover and Sonakshi Sinha completely forget to bring acting capabilities to the set. Supporting cast comprising of Vipin Sharma, Deepraj Rana and Vishwajeet Pradhan does decent job.
Editing is poor with long stretched sequences and costumes are letdown and look dated throughout. But film's real saving grace is dialoguebaazi, some real clap worthy one liners. Though same can not be said about screenplay which keep giving you jhatkas like Uttar Pradesh roads where saga unfolds. Story is cliche and lacks novelty especially in last 20 minutes. Director Tigmanshu Dhulia tries his best to bring style of Saif from 'Cocktail' and intense rustic nature from 'Omakara' but it looks evident that director is not comfortable with larger than life treatments and that is why those beautiful nuances of his earlier works are missed here. There is only one thing for Mr Dhulia, 'Tumse na ho payega' (his famous one liner from 'Gangs Of Wasseypur'). He should get back to making small gem rather than making big blunders.
Film will take a good opening today especially in north/UP and single screens. But eventually film will find it tough to score at box office because such films lack all India appeal plus the content itself is not extraordinary. Only a very good word of mouth in mass centers can save the fil