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#BangBang(Hindi)Rating: * * ½ If you’ve left your brains behind then this one’s Fun on the run! Hrithik’s Krish-tricks, Katrina’s sweetly compelling loveliness, foot-tapping dance music, utterly stupid dialogues and touristy thrills makes this ##SiddharthAnand helmed showy but patchy, stunted action-thriller a mindless entertainer(of sorts)! Besides the obvious eye-candy gloss of a Hrithik-Katrina pairing, there’s impeccable #JimmyShergill essaying a brief but important role #PawanMalhotra makes his presence felt and a reinvented (in terms of looks) #DannyDengzongpa provides caricatured menace. #HrithikRoshan #KatrinaKaif #FoxStarMovies #JimmyShergill #KanwaljeetSingh #DeeptiNaval #PawanMalhotra #SpicePR
Hindi film review
A trifling stunt-action -romance
Film: Bang Bang
Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, Pawan Malhotra, Jimmy Shergill, Kanwaljeet Singh, Deepti Naval
Director: Siddharth Anand
Rating: * * ½
An official remake of the high-on-testosterone adrenaline gushing Hollywood actioner ‘Knight and Day’ featuring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, this desi take by Siddharth Anand is a little more on the showy-romantic side to be deemed a fun thriller. Also there’s very little tension in the overwhelming display of brawn and beauty so the overall enjoyment is entirely limiting. The fun element is still strong enough but the thrill spectacle is not. Riding the touristy wave across the most recommended holiday destinations around the world can only net you what is equivalent to a cinematic rendition of a holiday brochure. The plotting is bare essential and almost appears accidental to the planned schema of one brother Rajvir(Hrithik Roshan) assuming the mantle of avenging angel through an outlandish series of preposterous incidents that amount to sacrilegious fabrications involving international secret service agencies.
The film opens quite interestingly in fact. Army officer Viren Nanda(Jimmy Shergill) has been deputed to extradite a most wanted and fearsome International criminal, Omar Zafar(Danny Dengzongpa) held captive in a closely guarded secret location. British Intelligence Agents escort him to a meeting with the dreaded kingpin and while he is there, a break-in is engineered and Viren is killed in the surprise ambush. But not before uttering a dialogue that will come back at you from the mouth of his brother at another opportune moment when Omar Zafar gets cornered again. But before that happens the brother, Jai/Rajvir who also happens to be army intelligence, has to engineer a heist-con involving the Kohinoor diamond , now desired by Omar Zafar as a tool to destroy the extradition bonhomie between India and England, fall in love with Harleen(Katrina Kaif) and basically do a tour of the mst delectably enchanting locations in the world. Consider this film a cheap pass to your dream holiday- but only in terms of visual splendor. The action is a little too conveniently cut-up, the actors do a daring-do flattering display of their best bodily assets while the dialogues are merely incoherent chatter. The plotting is concentrated around beauteous locations, sun, sea and sand.
There’s no pretence to any intelligence or depth, however. And that’s a good thing really. The temper is playful, the tempo is hip-swinging with likeable peppy Vishal-Shekar dance music suffusing the light and frothy moments with ingratiating exuberance while the stunt-action is structured around an incremental plan.
Given the Hollywood original isn’t a prize in itself, it must have taken plenty out of the three credited with this re-telling - Sujoy Ghosh, Suresh Nair and Abbas Tyrewala. Anand doesn’t think much of their dissembling however and glams up the narrative several notches and makes his pitch a predictable, familiar and an achingly dispirited one.
Of course it’s not believable or completely involving. Jimmy Shergill and Pawan Malhotra do full justice to their brief appearances. Hrithik and Katrina fit the bill for the requisite eye-candy with Hrithik going the extra mile on his moves. But the jump-cuts and plotting hurdles make the enticement suspect. You probably need to leave your brains at home if you want to enjoy this one completely!