September 18, 2009 10:33:44 am
Cast: Salman Khan,Ayesha Takia,Mahesh Manjrekar,Vinod Khanna
Will this turn out to be Salman Khans Ghajini? Thats been the buzz on Wanted,in which Salman plays a guy who kills ruthlessly,and loves carelessly. For the Khan whos lately only been playing the singing-dancing jokester,his new film is meant to re-unite him with his action hero image. Here,he even calls himself Radhe,his name in his last super-hit,the super-violent Tere Naam.
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The bodycount in Wanted is much higher. Wherever Radhe goes,blood flows. Hes a gun for hire,and he works for the highest bidder. When hes not busy piling up the dead ones,which include only bad guys (he doesnt believe in offing women and children),hes romancing his ladylove,the cuddly Ayesha Takia,who has to be content that he caresses his gun more than her.
The plot is inconsequential,because the film is essentially a vehicle for Salman to showcase his shooting skills. And because its a Prabhudeva film,his dancing prowess,too. Hes always glowered well,and does a good job of it here,too. But we fear shooting people in cold-blood,and throwing out laconic one-liners afterwards,is not really his thing.
Hes never been a bad dancer,but strangely enough,this time around he doesnt appear as limber as he used to. Govinda and Prabhudeva show up briefly to move and shake in a song,and they show us how its done.
Wanted has more gore than Ghajini,but not as much high-octane drama. But theres one thing in which Salman scores. Hes still got the best bod in the business,on splendid display in the blood-spattered climax. Aamirs eight packs are not a patch.
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