‘Bang Bang’ review: Hrithik Roshan is the film’s eye candy, Katrina Kaif is more giggle than sizzle

Hrithik is the film’s eye candy and the prime shooter, all rolled into one, and gives you some amount of bang. The rest is burble.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: October 3, 2014 12:07 pm
Hrithik is the movie's eye-candy. Hrithik is the movie’s eye-candy.

A film called ‘Bang Bang’, toplined by Hrithik and Katrina, declares its intentions even before the first frame : there will be guns, there will be the sexy duo, and EVERYONE will go bang bang. When that is all that is going on, the film is a ride. When it decides to go all sentimental and family drama on us– and it does, it does– it slides.

Rajveer ( Roshan) is the kind of guy who stops a maiden’s heart at six feet. He also stops bullets, punches, chains, rods : in short, he is invincible. It helps that he is a hunk, pectorals and abs agleam, and is about to save the world. We don’t surmise this, he tells us. Right.

He meets-cute the pretty but lonesome Harleen ( Kaif) who goes through the film trying for the defining characteristics her character is saddled with : ditsy and sprightly. It takes a bad guy all the way to the climax to tell her to keep quiet : ‘na mazaak, na bakwaas’. Got that.

We also know that this is the kind of film that will be largely plotless because well, fast-paced thrillers don’t really need to have plot-points, do they? We are duly given some kerfuffle about a stolen diamond ( the Kohinoor, no less), a suave thief, and a bald-pated villain ( Denzongpa) who wants that stone. Two fine actors ( Malhotra and Jafferi) are made to grimace and grouch and little else. And post-interval , Rajveer is made to show just how ripped he is (all over again) when he is not preparing for Masterchef, spearing fish and cooking peppers. Err, what?

This is meant to be an official remake of the fairly dull ‘Knight And Day’ which had Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz whizzing about pretty European cities, dodging baddies. This is an equally glossy, globe-trotting production and Hrithik and Katrina are better looking than the Hollywood pair, but they are duller : not so much because of Hrithik who is having a blast, just the way he did in ‘Dhoom 2’, but because of the leading lady, who is given an annoyingly big speaking part. Also, I missed the heat between Hrithik and Aishwarya, his oppo in ‘Dhoom 2’ : Kaif is more giggle than sizzle, her lipstick immaculate in a shower.

Why is Bollywood so chary of the pure, no holds-barred thriller? In case we can’t deal with flying bullets, we are given schmaltzy back-stories of deceased brothers and teary parents. And does the product placement and promotion never end? And flung in so blatantly? ‘Darr ke aagey jeet hai’ ? Okay then. the leading man is an electric dancer, but is used well in only one number : the other songs-and-dances are not worth a song and dance.

Hrithik is the film’s eye candy and the prime shooter, all rolled into one, and gives you some amount of bang. The rest is burble.

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    Indian
    Oct 2, 2014 at 10:37 am
    Useless fellow. You act and write the review
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    Puni
    Oct 3, 2014 at 10:51 am
    For those who read critics review and then watch films.Next week these hindi films release..jigariya,spark, tamanchay,eekees tophon ki mi and dhoond keenge.IF THE CRITIC REVIEWER GIVES THESE FILMS FIVE STARS EACH OR EVEN TO ANY ONE OR TWO WILL THE PUBLIC THRONG THE MOVIE HALLS TO SEE THESE FILMS?Bollywood DOES NOT NEED REVIEWERS
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    Puni
    Oct 3, 2014 at 10:53 am
    I did not read any review and watched the film it is awesome, i wont allow anybody to influence what movie i want to see
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    Bolly Woo
    Oct 2, 2014 at 10:04 am
    At the start of the day Bang Bang was looking good mostly because there was a paucity of reviews but now the reviews are pouring in and they are not good. Will wait for this one on DVD and see Haider instead. I wonder why Haider reviews were out straight away and Bang Bang reviews were so slow to come? I suppose because Bang Bang has raked in sufficient money by now?
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    Bolly Woo
    Oct 5, 2014 at 6:52 am
    That's good news. I'll give Bang Bang a go then. I saw Haider and loved it. Plan to see it again too before it finishes in the cinemas.
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    Israel Zindabad
    Oct 2, 2014 at 10:30 am
    One thing I know critics don't understand commercial movies.only after watching Bang bang you can decide whether it si good or bad.critics were right about Humshakals, Dhoom 3 , Chennai Express , Boss , Tees Maar Khan , Ready , Bodyguard , Krish 3 and Himmatwala ( bad movies) but wrong about : Holiday-A soldier is never off duty-as the movie was good.......as they gave negative reviews to Heropanti and Dhoom 2 which I found quite entertainning...............Critics liked Khoobsurat and Kaminey which according to me were very boring.
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    INDIAN
    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:53 am
    The same comments are posted on Hindustan times, India Today... Seems someone is making money in promoting the movie as good...
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    Abhinav Anand
    Oct 3, 2014 at 6:25 am
    Brainless critics.. Just after watching bang bang.. Watch knight and day.. If u really can't admire bang bang go and die.... U don't have got even space in .. If u really don't like the movie bang bang.. Then u must not have liked knight and day.. And that's very much clear.... Hats off hrithikkk.. Really bang bang..!!
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