Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Jimmy Shergill, Raj Babbar, Ravi Kishen, Gulshan Grover, Chunky Pandey
Special Appearance : Mahi Gill and Vidyut Jamwal
Story and Screenplay: Tigmanshu Dhulia and Amaresh Misra
Dialogues: Tigmanshu Dhulia
Music and Background Score: Sajid Wajid
Tamanche Pe Disco: RDB, Nindy Kaur and Raftaar
Talking about Tigmanshu Dhulia, he is a really intelligent man. The man who wrote the impeccable “Dil Se” and bloomed into this industry. In 2011, when he came out with Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster, he immediately received an extremely positive response from the critics. But after the much awaited Paan Singh Tomar, tables turned and Dhulia got his first box office hit. (As saheb biwi was a moderate success)
Dhulia showcased his talent in front of the camera when he played Ramadhir Singh in Gangs Of Wasseypur. That just proves the quality of this man. Doesn’t it?
Since our country follows this weird tradition of not accepting critically acclaimed films, Dhulia decided to make a hardcore commercial film. That is how Bullet Raja, came into the picture.
One line story: Raja Misra, who’s a “good” dacoit drives a bullet. Hence, the title of the film is Bullet Raja.
Raja Misra, played by Saif Ali Khan belongs to a Brahmin family and his introduction is ‘kick-ass.’ He crashes a wedding to save himself from a few goons and befriends Rudra, played by Jimmy Shergill .They connect instantly due to their similar nature and outlook. As Rudra insists Raja to get along with the woman (Mahi Gill) who danced along with them. The situation changes due to an unexpected attack by their rivals with the help of Rudra’s own family member Lallan(Chunky Pandey).
This outraged the situation as Rudra’s uncle is put to death by Lallan and the gang. Unwilling to get into dacoity and the world full of blood, Raja and Rudra decide to take their revenge and that is how they get into this business. Unlike other commercial films, the revengeful scenes are not dragged out here. They find their enemies and thrive them to death immediately. Though, there is a lot of spark in between the revenge…as, Raja is always cracking his one liners which are inevitable funny.
Raja and Rudra get the support of the senior Minister Ram Babu Shukla (Raj Babbar) as they prove their worth to him by hilariously killing a stupid minister. This unconvincingly creates yet another rivalry between R-R (Raja and Rudra) and Sumer Yadav (Ravi Kishan) who earlier worked with Shukla.
Shukla sent the duo to a meeting where a rich and arrogant Marwari businessman Bajaj (Gulshan Grover) insults them and scorches their ego. They kidnap him in an awkward situation where he is busy fooling a bengali girl Mitali (Sonakshi Sinha) who is an aspiring actress and that’s how Raja meets her. He falls for her immediately and somehow their opaque love story begins.
I’ll halt the story right here because it anyway has nothing extravagant about it; as it is pretty much predictable and stretchy but there is a good doze of action in the end. Thanks to the inspector (Vidyut Jamwal)
Bullet Raja disappoints overall as I expected a lot more from Tigmanshu Dhulia. The film loses pace and creates a lot of confusion in between. Sonakshi Sinha wasn’t even required in the film as her character seemed forced and anyway, she’s again doing what she did in Rowdy, Once Upon A Time and Dabangg. Sonakshi, you have talent. We saw it in Lootera. PLEASE! DO SOMETHING ELSE.
The love story between Raja and Mitali is so confusing that I was literally scratching my head off, wondering how it all started?
Another disappointed was the background score. Sajid-Wajid used Dabangg’s score and dismantled it a little and used it again over here.
Plus, the music is not engaging as well. Tamanche Pe Disco is the best song of the album (that too is by RDB not Sajid-Wajid) and the other good song is the title song.
Another confusing thing: Raja, Rudra and Mitali decide to explore Mumbai and suddenly, they end up dancing on Tamanche Pe Disco.
I still feel, Dhulia must have created something better than this as the entire film seemed disjointed and I am sure, that happened because of some terrible editing. You could easily make out that different-different scenes have been put together. Scene 1 and Scene 10 together, you can imagine the chaos now.
Saif is charming even in this rugged look and he delivers an outstanding performance. Jimmy Shergill is pleasing to the eyes and the chemistry Saif and Jimmy share, it’s too die for. The action is believable and it never really goes over the top. Another thing that I’d like to mention: Mahi Gill doesn’t have much to do over here and she’s not even a great dancer, but her expressions in the song are killer and I’m sure she is going to generate a lot of whistles in UP. She leaves a mark with everything that she does.
Saif Ali Khan, Jimmy Shergill, Vidyut Jamwal’s action (even though he was wasted in the entire film) and Tigmanshu Dhulia’s brilliantly put together dialogues. Watch Bullet Raja, just for these 4 things.
It is average.
Some of the astonishing dialogues are listed below. They might seem plain right now; but the dialogue delivery and the timing is pitch perfect.
“Uttar Pradesh ki rajneeti mein koi khaas nahi hota, jo jaan deta hai wahi khaas hota hai”
“Padhe likhe bakait aaj kal milte kahaan hain”
“Tum koi mamooli sipahi nahi ho, tum ho political commando”
“Dharmik mamlo mein mujhe ashleelta bilkul bhi pasand nahi hai”
“Jahan na pahonche bailgaadi wahan pahonche Marwari”
“Hamare yahan badla lene ki parampara hai koi corporate culture nahi jo agle deal me nuksaan adjust kar lein”
“Rajneeti aur vaishyavriti bahot prachin peshe hain, dono ka kaam shaanti banaye rakhna hai”
My personal favourite: “Jab hum aayenge toh garmi thodi badh jayegi, pata chal hi jayega”
Legendary- “Brahman bhukha toh Sudama, samjha toh Chanakya aur rootha toh Ravaan”