29 November will see the release of a gangster film set in the badlands of Uttar Pradesh: Bullett Raja (yes, with a double T) starring Saif Ali Khan and Sonakshi Sinha. Saif Ali Khan is certainly one of the most versatile Khans around – just this year we saw him as the suave scamster Ranvir “Ronnie” Singh in Race 2, and then we saw him as the pretend-Russian with the strange accent, Boris in Go Goa Gone. We shall now see him in Bullett Raja as Raja Mishra in a role inspired by his iconic Langda Tyagi in Omkara.
The Trailer and Some Facts
Film: Bullett Raja
Release Date: 29 November 2013
Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Jimmy Shergill, Ravi Kishan, Chunky Pandey, Gulshan Grover, Vidyut Jamwal
Producer(s): Rahul Mittra, Nitin Tej Ahuja, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Select Media & Brandsmith Motion Pictures
Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia
Studio / Distributor: Fox Star Studios
Earlier titled Jai Ram Ji Ki, the film was renamed as Bullett Raja at the request of Saif Ali Khan so that it would create a more gangster like impression. So we have Raja Mishra (pronounced Miss-ra because of him being from UP, of course) as this trigger happy soul who cruises around on his bike spraying, what else, bullets at will and spouting lines such as “nark ke darwaze pe khade ho kar paap karte hain”.
In a role that was to be essayed by Irrfan Khan earlier, Vidyut Jamwal plays the cop; reportedly the martial arts expert turned actor will be doing all his own stunts. Gulshan Grover plays the bad guy – he is a powerful goon in the film. Jimmy Shergill too, has a negative role in the film and Sonakshi Sinha will be the love interest. Bhojpuri superstar Ravi Kishen will be seen as ardhanareshwar – half man, half woman according to the actor , in the film. The mandatory item song will be done by Mahie Gill – it will be a song entitled Don’t Touch My Body which is supposed to be along the lines of Beedi from Omkara.
The film is shot on location partly in Lucknow and partly in Kolkata with the final leg of shooting done in Nashik. Reportedly Saif had to hide in a restaurant kitchen at one point to avoid being mobbed in Lucknow. To lend authenticity to the film, all the men in the film actually grew mustaches for the film and many of the guns used in the film are real. We shall be seeing Saif as the earthy rustic in a role laced with the charm of his 1000 watt smile; he has done it before in Omkara quite commendably. Sonakshi appears to be doing more of what she did in films such as Dabangg; seemingly if a film is set in UP, Sonakshi has to be the leading lady.
The film’s poster bears the tag line – “Auraton ki respect karte hai” (we respect our women) – one wonders if this masala entertainer will also have a message like Saif’s last film Go Goa Gone with an anti-drugs message. Seeing that many in Bollywood now use their clout to speak out against social problems, this is welcome if true. Another poster though, promised pure Bollywood entertainment with the tag line – “aayenge toh garmi badhaayenge.”
So clearly the film has all the ingredients of a masala Bollywood film – the fights, the chases, the girl, the item song, the bullets, the one-liners, and what appears to be catchy music. Now whether or not it has an actual story remains to be seen. Director Tigmanshu Dhulia’s impressive filmograhy includes films such as Haasil, Saheb Biwi aur Gangster, Paan Singh Tomar, and more, so one expect something of substance from this filmmaker one hopes.
By Reena Daruwalla
Video Source: Official Trailer: Bullett Raja: FoxStarIndia