Let me just admit straight off that I am not a fan of gangster films per se and I was frankly doubtful of a film with a name like Bullett Raja (with a double T at that!). The main reason for watching Bullett Raja today was Saif Ali Khan and I have to say the Khan did not disappoint.
The film is set in Uttar Pradesh; the story is about gangsters and criminal-political nexus and Saif is very believable, endearingly funny, and thoroughly likeable – and though he brings significant amount of menace to his role, he makes for a very sympathetic gangster. What surprised me was the rather thin attendance in the theater for the film today. I’m going with three and half stars for this entertaining and surprisingly likeable film.
Film: Bullett Raja, Release Date: 29 November 2013
Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Jimmy Shergill, Ravi Kishan, Chunky Pandey, Gulshan Grover, Vidyut Jamwal, Raj Babbar, Vipin Sharma
Producer(s): Rahul Mittra, Nitin Tej Ahuja, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Select Media & Brandsmith Motion Pictures
Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia
Studio / Distributor: Fox Star Studios
Bullett Raja Review
The story is that of two men who are compelled by circumstances to become outlaws – they are Raja (Saif Ali Khan) and Rudra (Jimmy Shergill). The reasons for these men – one is looking for a job and the other is a postman – turning into outlaws are not really convincing but outlaws they do become. They also spend some time in jail where they meet another powerful gangster played by Vipin Sharma who does an excellent cameo as the kind of jailhouse Godfather – who in turn leads them to the powerful politico played by Raj Babbar. The politician proceeds to take the two men under his wing so that he may further his own agendas.
With his protection, the two proceed to wreak revenge on those who have wronged them – the swinish, sniveling character played by Chunky Pandey among their number. We are then introduced to the immensely rich industrialist played by Gulshan Grover and the enmity that ensues between him and our heroes. Ravi Kishen’s character in the film is also that of a gangster – he starts out as someone who tries to evade capture by pretending to be deranged man-woman. Later in the film we see him in his normal avatar.
Bullett Raja is not a romantic film – while Sonakshi Sinha’s character Mitali is very likeable and does make an impression, the romance is incidental. This is a buddy film and the chemistry between Raja and Rudra (Saif and Jimmy Shergill ) is actually far more interesting. The interplay between the cop played by Vidyut Jamwal and Raja the ganster is also quite riveting to watch.
One of the really enjoyable aspects of the film is the earthy humour – Raja and Rudra are fooling around even as they are in the process of assassinating some thug. The rustic charm of Saif – with his shiny form-fitting, cleavage revealing shirts shines through. Jimmy Shergill – arguably one of the more under-rated actors in Bollywood is excellent too. Vidyut Jamwal as the tough cop was a revelation too – the guy is certainly more than a pretty face. The previous film starring Jamwal, Commando may have passed most of us by, but he made quite an impression with Bullett Raja performing some rather impressive stunts; his martial art training and remarkable athleticism plain to see.
Director Tigmanshu Dhulia has made a plausible, enjoyable and entertaining film. After his previous films such as Haasil, Charas, Saheb Biwi and Gangster (Parts 1 and 2) and Paan Singh Tomar, Bullett Raja has been described as his most commercial film till date; and it is a film that doesn’t disappoint.
And if you’re wondering the what the significance of the line on the poster – “Auraton ki respect karte hai” (we respect our women) is, there is no message there, it’s just a line mouthed by Saif character in the film.
Music of Bullett Raja
The music in a film of this genre tends to be secondary and this film is no exception – the music did not too make too much of an impression. The item number by Mahie Gill, at the beginning of the film, Don’t touch my body, was as superfluous as most item songs generally are – its main purpose seemed to be the budding of the friendship between Raja and Rudra.
As for the song Satake Thoko, it’s something of an ode to violence. And I am still trying to figure out the reason for the song Tamanche pe disco. But like I said the music is secondary, the film has a lot more to recommend it.
If you have the time this weekend, may I suggest watching Bullett Raja – I was surprised at how much I liked the film – perhaps you may be as well?
By – Reena Daruwalla
Video Source: Official Trailer: Bullett Raja: FoxStarIndia