Movie Review: Bullett Raja is a disappointing film with old masala recipe
Let’s get straight to the point here. Bullett Raja doesn’t have the same substance that you have seen in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s earlier films. Anybody expecting powerful products like Paan Singh Tomar or Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster will be hugely disappointed. In fact, Bullett Raja falls in the category of loud Bollywood masala films like Dabangg and Singham where there is everything including a star actor, good looking actress and brother, and a gun battle, but a good story.
For almost first 30 minutes or so, there is nothing special in the film, and it seems that Bullett Raja will spin its wheels and rake in money through the over-scaled action-packed sequences, super-loud gun battles and comic dialogues. There are unreasonable stretches and distractions that should have been shunned to deliver a better film.
Set against the backdrop of the UP politics and mafia, we are in the company of Rudra (Jimmy Shergill) and Raja (Saif Ali Khan), who both seem a bit creaky as they become the biggest gangsters of UP with a help of a UP politician. Later, Rudra is killed by a businessman and the entire story shifts to Raja’s revenge for his brother-like-friend.
The story is unconvincing, and at many points, you might feel that the movie is going haywire. In fact, uncanny behaviour of the characters might irritate you in the first half. The film has a strong UP connect. Though from dialogues to accent, Tigmanshu Dhulia has focused on minute details.
The second half of the film is much better than the first half, and by the end of the film, you might be satisfied. The film’s direction and story have many loopholes, but it is backed by some powerful performances. Saif Ali Khan as the rustic Raja has justified his role. The actor has come out of his comfort zone and has given a noteworthy performance in this film. Jimmy Shergill has shown why he is a talented actor, and he deserves much more than what he has got in Bollywood. Gulshan Grover and Ravi Kishan have also given a noteworthy performance. Vidyut Jamwal has a strong screen presence. The only disappointing actor in the film is Sonakshi Sinha.
Music is also a major drawback of this movie. Bullett Raja has not just been overloaded with boring songs, but they also land at the wrong time. Despite all these weaknesses, Bullett Raja is not that bad a film. In fact, last 20 minutes are engrossing. You can watch Bullet Raja if you have nothing special to do this weekend.
1) Music is a major drawback of the film
2) Tigmanshu Dhulia has not delivered as per expectations. There were huge expectations from him after Paan Singh Tomar and Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster returns
3) Dialogues are a strong point of Dhulia’s film. But in Bullett Raja, dialogues will also disappoint you.
1) The film is backed by brilliant acting performances.
2) Bullett Raja is set against the backdrop of the UP politics and mafia. From locations to accent, Tigamanshu has focused on minute details.
3) Second half is engrossing.
Let’s get straight to the point here. Bullet Raja doesn’t have the same substance that you have seen in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s earlier films. Anybody expecting a repeat of Paan Singh Tomar or Saheb Biwi aur Gangster will be hugely disappointed. In fact, Bullet Raja comes in a category of loud Bollywood masala films like Dabangg and Singham where there is everything including a star actor, good looking actress, brother and gun battle, but a good story.