Saturday, 4 October 2014

Film Review - Bang Bang!

Big Bang Theory
Film: Bang Bang
Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, Cars, Boats
Directed by: Siddharth Anand
Duration: 2 hrs 36 mins
Rating: * 1 / 2

Bang Bang has many ingredients – an A list hero and heroine, foreign locations, songs, guns, fancy cars, boats, action and more. What it doesn’t have is a cohesive story that can keep you awake or prevent you from yawning. By the end, you are as exasperated as someone who gets promotional text messages on the phone all day long. 

Meant to be an official remake of the Cruise-Diaz starrer, Knight and Day the question is, why would anyone want to remake such a dull film anyway? 

Well, director Siddharth Anand (Tara Rum Pum, Anjaana Anjaani) makes a complete hash of it. Clocking over two and a half hours, the film looks like one long commercial. In the very beginning, a dreaded terrorist Omar (good old Danny) manages to escape from the clutches of MI6 in London.  If you think ‘dreaded terrorists’ are kept in high security prisons, then you are dead wrong.  They are kept in glass buildings for the convenience of henchmen (Jaaved Jaffery, wasted). 

There is an extradition treaty to be signed between India and England and the most wanted man on Interpol’s list wants to prevent it. How? By getting someone to steal the Kohinoor (yes, same one,) which is housed in England. The jewel thief turns out to be Rajveer (Hrithik), who among his other talents, can cross a lake in a single breath. Gulp.
Katrina Kaif plays a bank receptionist in Shimla who has no one to date and has to resort to a dating website to go out with someone.  The men in that lovely place might get a serious complex after watching this film.

The chase scenes and romantic rendezvous look out of place - one day they are in Prague, they next day they are somewhere else. You couldn’t care less because logic and common sense went out of the window at the very start of the film. 

Both the lead characters are not in their element- Katrina was not exactly Meryl Streep to begin with but she is embarrassing in some scenes. Hrithik also looks like someone who is not particularly interested or convinced in the proceedings.  It would be fair to say that the stuntman did more work than him in the film.  In one word, this film is avoidable. 

Published  in The Navhind Times on 5th Oct 2014

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