Plot: The first half is bit dragged and runs at a slow pace, but the second half pays for it.
Story: The story revolves around Lovely Singh (Salman Khan), a bodyguard by profession and at heart, who is summoned by Sartaj Rana (Raj Babbar), a business tycoon, to protect his daughter Divya (Kareena). Lovely, who has a strange penchant to project himself as brave and risk taking, admires people who live on the peril-ground. However, his strange love for his uniform and other such antics, end up making Divya a matter of ridicule in her college. Therefore, she decides to distract Lovely by calling him, using a ‘private number’ and acting as his mysterious love interest, following which Lovely’s life is toppled upside-down, and he truly falls in love with this unknown caller. The story takes a twist, when he ventures out to find his mystery girl, shielding Divya simultaneously.
Story Treatment: Malayalam director and writer, Siddique who had earlier penned down the story of ‘Hulchul’ and ‘Bhagam Bhaag’, makes a decent attempt at altering bits of his southern version here-and-there to suit Bollywood. The story has a good dose of comedy, romance, action with a tinge of suspense. Most importantly, the storyline celebrates the comeback of Salman in the genre of romantic films, but at the same time, desists from wandering into the usual habit of the Bollywood films that turn the hero into a demigod. The first half is a bit dragged and runs at a slow pace, but the second half makes for it. Salman’s innocence and Kareena’s emotions have helped the screenplay stand tall. When Sallu goes shirtless for an action sequence and his bare chest appearance makes you believe, it’s going to be a happy ending, immediately comes the twist and the film becomes an enjoyable treat.
Star Cast: Considering the movie has action, comedy and romance, Salman once again proves that he can be banked upon. He takes good mileage of his comic timing and sculpted body, to give life to character of Lovely Singh. Divya reminds you that Kareena is a potential actress; with another performance to cherish and remember after ‘Geet’ in ‘Jab We Met’. In fact, both the leads try to give a new shape to the characters with their never seen before on-screen chemistry. Rajat Rawail is okay, while Hazel Keech, Aditya Pancholi, Mahesh Manjrekar and Raj Babbar do their bit.
Direction: Siddique’s early-days of being a mimicry specialist give him an upper-edge in directing comedy sequels. One must not forget that he had already directed the same script twice—in Malayalam and Tamil. He shows that his greatest strength is in pushing the light-sequels at the right time, to give the audience a break. After Priyadarshan, he is another southern director, who holds shows potential of excelling in Bollywood.
Dialogue/cinematography/music: The music of the film is climbing the charts. It also marks the return of Salman’s friend, Himesh Reshammiya. Although, Pritam has just one song in the movie, I Love You, it is already going down well with the youth. The theme-song gels well with the audience in the theatre. Dance-numbers are enjoyable, and the romantic numbers give choreographers enough inspiration to capture the romance in action. Apart from the signature line from the movie, “Mujhpe ek ehsaan karna.. mujhpe koi ehsaan mat karna”, the dialogues suffer from mediocrity. However, they don’t let the audience frown in disapproval either.
3ups and Down: Salman, Kareena and Siddique serve a good Eid biryani for the audience, by blending romance, action and comedy. After watching movies like ‘Murder2’ and ‘Not a Love Story’, ‘Bodyguard’ is a treat for those, who prefer to watch movies with their families. And, if you are a Salman fan, you surely won’t be disappointed.