I wont discuss the plot. You know it. I won’t tell you the twist. Mayank Shekhar has already told you. I won’t tell you about the bike stunt that is plain ridiculous and awe-inspiring at the same time. I won’t tell you that locales were good or that “comparing” it to previous Salman’s films, it looked great. All these are ridiculous stuffs for a film that sees it’s spy more like a old-age version of Balakrishna dancing with Anushka in Okkamakadu [Hindi Version: The Real Indian] rather than presenting him as suave, sharp, charming and intelligent.
Spy falling in love is a rare stuff. Sunny Paaji tried it once long back. If Gadar broke BO records, a 74 crores nett in 2001, then the subsequent attempt to uproot Pakistan fizzled out as he sang the most haunting song of history which saw “Sar” and “Dar” in unique conjugating position. James Bond also tried it once. Timothy Dalton had fallen in love once. Even the latest poster boy Daniel Craig did fall in love but all the previous installments saw a spy utilizing anything around him to achieve the security of a nation. The day Bollywood comes out of a web and can tell a story without thinking about catering to every lallu/pangu in cinema hall, it will be ready to match the best in the world. So apna Salman Khan is the rigid, ferocious, tiger who symbolizes the breed of Intelligence Officers on the verge of retirement. But ailaaa, they turn him into a modern Hulk+Raj+Bourne+Bond+BharatKumar and then spin the story which I can shout out in 3 lines. Eventually the whole movie turns out to be a crap fest after a brilliant start, the action scenes are choreographed well but without a place in the story. They are just to appease the “bhai” fans.
I had given BG-4/5 stars because I liked Salman in the movie, possibly because he spoke little. Here Katrina looks agile, fit, classy, suave and smart. Salman is more like a Madam Tussaud’s statue who is there so that likes of Adarsh and Guha can ejaculate on the bhaigiri, which is evidently missing. My main grievance is why not utilize Salman better. He has the machismo,the charisma.. why not impart him a better standing than just to use him as a prop to fill your bank accounts. This is what happens when you start doing formulaic films.. transition or utilization becomes impossible. BW is no south where a trend lasts long. It is always changing, always in transition. Why not make Salman do some hard work? Why not allow him a role that is larger than life but justifiable too. A strong and emphatic role that stamps its authority with a real roar, not meowing as he does in ETT. If someone thinks Salman has never done such a role before…. refresh your memory.. his strongest roles came in “Bandhan”… a “bhai-trait-less” semi-classic that showed what Salman can do in a justifiable role. BG was very similar to Bandhan in feel, thus I liked it but yes it was much less a worthy attempt.
Amitabh’s later innings–Mard, Coolie, Aakhiri Raasta, Shehanshah were record openers and huge grossers but where do they stand with respect to Deewar, Zanjeer, Laawaris… Nowhere!! Salman should stop aiming BB,that will come easy..if he is to really challenge something,he should start challenging himself.No More No Less!
My RATING: Doesn’t matter..These ratings are figments of imaginations!Tags: Ek Tha Tiger Girish Karnad Kabir Khan Katrina Kaif Member Reviews Ranvir Shorey Reviews Salman Khan