Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Bodyguard



Rating : 3/10
Release Date : 31st August, 2011
Time : 150 minutes
Director & Writer : Siddique ; Music : Himesh Reshammiya, Pritam
Starring : Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Raj Babbar, Mahesh Manjrekar, Aditya Pancholi, Rajat Rawail, Asrani, Reema Debnath, Rose Dawn

Its sometimes a fine line between being idiotic and being funny. Being a clever spoof or a film trying too hard to be cool. Pushing the edge a bit or being just plain crass. Bodyguard, in each of the above choices, manages to find the lower, worse path with unerring accuracy.



There is nothing more to the story, no depth, beyond what we’ve seen in the promos. Salman Khan is a bodyguard to Kareena, daughter of his benefactor, Raj Babbar. Kareena, as a game, and partly out of irritation at Salman, pretends to be in love with him, without revealing her identity, despite her friend, Rose, warning her not to do so. The bad guys, Mahesh & Aditya, make sporadic, half hearted attempts without any clear motivation or finesse / brains to do so. Salman keeps beating them up. The end is bizarre, silly, idiotic. Pretty much like the rest of the movie…


I would give credit points to Salman’s bicep move and Kareena’s looks. I would deduct major points for weak characters, a love story without sizzle, showpiece songs that don’t fit, a slow pace that drags, jokes that are crude & tasteless, a villain who’s either plain dumb or well, dumber for his inability to strike, fight scenes that are overdone (too many aerial kicks & flips & somersaults). And nothing really seems to make sense. Special mention of bad acting and tastelessness in general of Rajat Rawail...



This is a movie that had great potential but decided to go the masala route, appease the single screen audience. In its current form, it falls kind of in no mans land, in between genres, audiences and stories.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Apurv,

Little correction ...Its Rajat Rawail and not Rahul Rawail. In today's time with so much of investments/ stake being put into a film, seriously what matters are Box Office Collections! Based on your so called understanding of Cinema like Jhootha Hi Sahi ( Madhu Mantena Rape ), am sure you will agree.
By the way Bodyguard present Box Office Collection (Theatrical only India) is 75Cr +(NET) .
My sincere wishes for your film Soundtrack to get success. And yes sitting in Kolkatta and creative masturbation will not take you anywhere. If you need further clarifications, will make sure you hear my sound of music when you are releasing Soundtrack in INDIA.

Regards,
AA

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Apurv Nagpal said...

Dear AA

Sorry about the error - spelt his name right in the credits but got it wrong in the body.

Congrats on the Box Office success of Bodyguard - its good for the industry to have such an opening.

JHS - you've already pointed out the key reason behind its response.

My blog, which is done as a hobby (have deliberately kept it unpaid)& because I enjoy films, is about my opinion of a film & not whether I think it will work at BO or not. I have readers in over 105 countries who read my reviews & they value what I think.

I loved Dabangg, didnt like Ready or Bodyguard. Its a free country, am entitled to my opinion, as you are as well, and so have published your comment

I'm based wherever work takes me, most of the time in Mumbai.

Thanks for your wishes for Soundtrack...

Nice to hear from you...

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