This movie was awaited by many for various reasons. Produced by Boney Kapoor under his banner of SK Films Enterprises which has not done well since 'No Entry'. Directed by Prabhu Deva, the dancing superstar who was debuting in direction in Hindi with this film. The film is a remake of the Tamil and Telugu films titled 'Pokri' (which in English means hooligan). The main USP of the film is Salman Khan who has not had a great hit in recent times.

All these reasons and more made it attractive enough to go watch this flick. I must say I was surprised...pleasantly. The tale is of a toughie Radhe (Salman Khan) who gets embroiled in the Mumbai underworld war and ends up working for Gani Bhai (southie Prakash Raj) who is based out of Bangkok. Radhe is unbeatable and extremely violent. He mouths of one liners about his commitment and loyalty only to money etc. He falls in love with a young attractive middle class girl Jhanvi (Ayesha Takia) and their romance is threatened by Radhe's profession. Enter a lusty and corrupt police inspector Talpade (Mahesh manjrekar) who sets his dirty eyes on Jhanvi too. While the relationship and romance runs along amidst many an action sequence, incidents and situations force Gani Bhai to return to India and there follows a major twist in the tale bringing the story to its violent and fairly predictable climax.

The tale takes you back to the good old days of tough heroes who beats up dozens of villains single- handedly, the dancing hero and heroine who are transported in moments from one city to another continent for the dance, colorful underworld dons. In essence this movie is what we call a masala movie. It is honest and does not disappoint you. Salman Khan looks very energetic, fit and extremely suited for this role. Amazing taht at about the age of 40 he is able to do what he does. Ayesha Takia looks very good but appears a little too busty. Prakash Raj as Gani Bhai is absolutely hilarious and has done extremely well. His cold expression to his immediate hilarious turns are so entertaining that you cannot help but burst out into laughter. Mahesh Manjrekar is suited to the T for roles of lusty, perverted characters and he does that well in this movie too. The action is over the top but yet gives one a boyish glee while watching. The movie is pretty much predictable so while Prabhu Deva's direction is also good and the beginning of the movie reminds you of the one of the great movies on the underworld -Satya. There are a few action sequences where the camera is all over the place, but otherwise overall the movie is technically watchable. This movie is bound to turn the fortunes of Salman Khan, Ayesha Takia and Boney Kapoor (producer).

Is it worth watching ? Yes, for a taste of good old Hindi film masala.


Roshmi Sinha September 23, 2009 at 11:22 PM  

This isn't my favourite genre... hence, will pass :)

Also, Salman is... well Salman. Whatever character he portrays or tries to... turns into Salman...

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