Bullet Mar Bheje Mein
Film: Bullett Raja
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Jimmy Sheirgill
Directed by: Tigmanshu Dhulia
Duration: 2 hrs 18 mins
Rating: * *
With films like Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster and Paan Singh Tomar, as a director Tigmanshu Dhulia had made a mark for himself. With his latest offering Bullett Raja, the scale is bigger but not necessarily better. Riddled with a script that needed some serious tinkering, there is the occasional spark that shows Dhulia’s talent but on the whole, this is a let down.
The film has politics, romance, friendship, vendetta and all that could make a good Bollywood potboiler. But somehow it doesn’t add up primarily because the characterization is weak and many scenes are irrelevant, thanks to the poor editing.
Set in the heart of Uttar Pradesh, there’s Raja (Saif Ali Khan) who gate crashes at a wedding party. There, instantly he becomes friends with Rudra (Jimmy Sheirgill) and soon they are like Jai and Veeru (there is also a joke about that). A shrewd politician (are there any other type?) played by Raj Babbar takes them under his wings and makes them in charge of U.P ki security. This effectively means that they have to bump off anyone their boss asks them to.
Soon, they become local heroes and Raja even rescues a damsel in distress (Sonakshi Sinha) who is an aspiring actress but there is no sign of that ever in the film again. Their falling in love is as believable as Kim Jong doing the dandiya with Hillary Clinton. Vidyut Jamwal plays a police inspector who is put in charge of reigning in Raja and the finale is also quite loose as if the film makers had enough of it.
There are no surprises at any stage, it is all so very predictable. And its all the more disappointing because with the ordinary story Dhulia doesn’t elevate it much either. There is the odd scene that you let out a chuckle (like the scene where a dacoit wants to surrender) but by and large it is not very engaging.
There is the proverbial item number plus a song in a disco and the romantic ditties, these are not Dhulia’s strengths. His understanding of politics is also much better than we get to see on the screen. The editing is tacky and some of the action sequences in the first half are pedestrain.
The cast is sincere but they needed some solid material on hand. Ravi Kissan as the contract killer plays his part well but Saif Ali Khan looks like he is sleepwalking through his role. If you venture into this film, then don’t expect much from it.
Published in The Navhind Times on 3rd Dec 2013