Bang Bang was a movie I was keen to see right since the cast was announced.
It makes me cringe to see the way Hrithik has lost time since he debuted in 2000. He takes 2-3 years to complete movies like Guzaarish and mohenjodaro where his performances add up to just about tolerable levels if not bad. Its not his terrain. I am a firm believer that one should exploit his USP. And Hrithik’s USP is the Bang Bang/Dhoom genre. It took him 8 years to get back to this genre. Katrina on the other hand has been smart in choosing her scripts and roles. She knows her USP and largely her career decisions have been better. This is why she continues to stay on top in an industry/country she was once alien to despite desperate PR attempts by the likes of paadakauns and so on.
Bang Bang is the remake of knight and day. A film which starred Tom Cruise (equivalent to the stage SRK is in right now) and Cameron Diaz (someone like Preity Zinta). When you cast such old exhausted has-been actors for this genre, you are going to get crap. It would be equivalent to Bang Bang starring SRK and Preity Zinta. Its a disaster right on paper. This is the mistake bang bang makers corrected in the remake. I am not going to talk much about its story as its already known. Some scenes like the Aeroplane flight scenes, drugging scenes etc are modified/Indianized bcos they have to add songs. The first half has some cheesy comedy scenes involving Katrina’s dadi which I didn’t like. I dont think when you have cast such big stars you need to give screen time to side actors. They should have negligible role. That includes scenes of Danny/Pawan Malhotra/Javed Jaffery and so on. Their roles are not much but why to give them even that much screen time? No one comes to watch them.
That brings me to the leads – Hrithik and Katrina. Both are in top form and continue from where they left in ZNMD. In fact they have consolidated on it big time with the best kissing scene i have seen in Bollywood since Arjun and Sasha Agha’s Aurangzeb. Matlab poori tarah se le liya hai Hrithik ne Katrina ko is film mein 😀 Salman and Ranbir must be fuming.
The action scenes are better than Dhoom3, Kick because Hrithik has done most of his stunts by himself. Hrithik surprised me in the hand to hand combats. They were well choreographed. Slow motion was avoided. The first roof run scene was good though Hrithik used cables occasionally. They had hyped the water ski scene a lot but it didn’t impress me bcos cables were used extensively and one could see that in the body language of Hrithik.
Footnote: A lot of khan-paid reviews/critics/fans will compare this remake of Knight and Day to Raid Redemeption or Skyfall and bash it for its story. You know the ones who loved Ra.One, Kick and Dhoom 3.Tags: Bang Bang Hrithik Roshan Katrina Kaif