Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Jimmy Shergil, Sonakshi Sinha, Raj Babbar
Directed by: Tigmanshu Dhulia
It takes one right film to give you a high-rise in bollywood and one wrong film to bring you down. For Tigmanshu Dhulia, it was Paan Singh Tomar which brought accolades for him and gave him his long awaited recognition. After watching films like Paan Singh Tomar and Saheb Biwi Gangster, it was coherent to have high expectations from Bullett Raja. Unfortunately, the complexities of the political nexus or the goons and gunshots couldn’t work for him this time. Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Bullett Raja goes terribly bad and shatters the expectations of his fans.
Plot: Excessively typical, Bullett Raja traces the story of a simple and sorted man ends up becoming a swagger, or a political commando to be precise, with guns and bullets after a circumstantial brush with the mafias.
Performances: Saif Ali Khan is absolutely a misfit for this role. We have seen him bring out the best in Omkara, but Bullett Raja is not for him. From a simple man to a powerful goon, Saif bears a uniform expression. An absolute lack of energy is clearly visible.
Sonakshi Sinha is yet again used as a thing of beauty. Ever since her debut with Dabanng, Sonakshi has been seen as nothing but a homely girl with whom the hero is very obviously supposed to fall in love. She doesn’t seem to be interested in trying anything new.
There is zero chemistry between the so called leading pair.
Ironically, it is Jimmy Shergill who looks like the actual hero of the film. He is impressive and believable. In the sequences with Saif Ali Khan, he steals away all the limelight.
Talented actors like Raj Babbar, Gulshan Grover, Ravi Kishen and especially Vidyut Jamwal have been completely wasted in the film. With an impressive entry in the film, his presence could have lifted up the energy. But a loosely designed role ruins everything for him as well as the film.
Music: The music of Bullett Raja has been surprisingly composed by the talented duo Sajid-Wajid. The album has seven tracks in its kitty. The lyrics are senseless and painful. The only song worth listening to is “Tamanche Pe disco” composed by the guest composers RDB.
What’s good: The only thing that keeps you going in the first half is the chemistry between Jimmy Shergill and Saif Ali Khan. Just like Jai and Veeru, they manage to showcase a touching bond of friendship. The climax of the movie proves to be such a relief for a dreary story.
What’s bad: The script is stale and goes hay-wire, the narration is even worse, the editing is shabby and the songs are crap.
Bullett Raja is a disappointing attempt from a National Award Winning Director. There are ample bullets but nothing to do with Saif being the Bullett Raja. If you are a big fan of Tigmanshu Dhulia’s direction, it would be advisable to give this one a miss than to watch your expectations being shattered.
Verdict: There are bulletts and there is Raja. The name combined comes out as Bullett Raja!