- Different language, same result
by : Harish V
Salman Khan, Ayesha Takia Azmi,
Mahesh Manjrekar, Asseem Merchant,
Sahara One Motion Pictures,
S K Films Enterprises.
has finally hit the screens
with much fanfare which is surely
gonna translate into huge weekend
numbers. Wanted, a movie, which
started off with minimal expectations,
became the most wanted movie
of this year by sheer marketing,
Thanks to Intech who took care
of the marketing and Salman
Khan who went that extra step
to personalize this mass movie.
But has this Salman Khan-Prabhu
Deva venture which was successful
in capturing eyes been able
to capture the hearts too? Let’s
Wanted is a remake of the Telugu
blockbuster Pokkiri, which later
went on to be made in Tamil
with the same name and Prabhu
Deva the ace choreographer directed
it. Boney Kapoor, who bought
the rights of the original,
was also impressed with Prabhu
Deva's treatment in Tamil which
led him signing the deal to
make the movie with him helming
the directors cap. And Boney
Kapoor is not gonna regret his
idea as the movie is able to
achieve what it has tried to
achieve which is non-stop entertainment.
The story is set in Mumbai where
crime pays. Two mafia groups
are ready with their guns ready
to utilize the situation but
at the same time to eradicate
the mafia the newly appointed
commissioner has started going
on an encounter spree. At this
three road juncture enters Salman
He is a local hit man who does anything
for money. He joins one of the gangs and
becomes the most trustworthy person as he
single handedly vanquish half of the competition.
Salman Khan becomes the most sought-after
due to his cool attitude and fearless nature.
Ayesha Takia falls for Salman Khan and love
blossoms between the two. The stage is set
for a riveting action and a twist in the
tale for the act three to catch you unawares.
What is that? Check the movie out in a theatre
nearest to you.
The movie reminds you of the formula movies
which released in the early 1980s but what
amazes you is that with a gripping screenplay
and a power packed performance the magic
of the 1980s can still be re-created and
be enjoyed. 'Wanted' has all the ingredients
like a Hero introductory over-the-top fight,
a mass song, friendship, one corrupt cop,
one strict father, an overtly ridiculous
neighbor, a always caring and crying mother,
a brave and clever kid, friend sacrifice,
guns, dishoom dishoom, item numbers and
you have enough dishes to cook up a sequel
too. This Prabhu Deva directed movie is
low on logic but high on entertainment.
The director has shown immense maturity
in taking several scenes like the lift scene
with Salman Khan and Ayesha Takia, the father's
death scene, Prakash Raj's escape scene
and almost all the scenes of Mahesh Manjrekar.
But that doesn't make the movie flawless
as there are several continuity problems,
ridiculous placements of songs, too many
action sequences to one's liking and too
much violence. But the plusses easily overweighs
the movie to the top.
Technically the movie is the best among
the three versions. Be it cinematography,
art or editing, it is just right. Music
is good but the wrong placement of the songs
play as a deterrent. Background score by
Salim-Sulaiman is brilliant. This can easily
be the best choreographed Salman Khan movie
ever. Action by Vijayan has a strong South
Indian flavor, only a few will like it.
The movie is a Salman Khan gift to his fans
as there wouldn't be even a single fan of
his who would be disappointed. Salman Khan
has acted brilliantly and most importantly
has enjoyed his work and it’s been
long since we have seen this Salman who
looks very handsome, young and energetic.
His energy level in the dance sequences
are something which has to be seen to be
believed. Salman Khan is energetically-unparalleled.
Ayesha Takia is cute and bubbly and has
acted brilliantly as the innocent girl who
falls for Radhe, a rogue. Mahesh Manjrekar
has another feather to stick on to his cap
as he has excelled as a corrupt policeman.
Prakash Raj is a surprise package as this
talented actor has come up with a blinder
of a performance as a deadly don, he is
sure to get many offers in Hindi too as
his Hindi pronunciation looks natural and
fitting. Govind Namdeo is decent; Manoj
Pahwa mirrors Vadivel’s antics and
does create a few laughs. Vinod Khanna in
a small character has excelled. All the
other artistes have done justice to their
Overall, this movie achieves what it sets
out to – entertain and entertain big-time.
Boney Kapoor after No-Entry has again got
a blockbuster in hand from a remake. Expect
the movie to achieve almost Rs. 40 to 50
crore first weekend gross and a 70+ crore
finish at the ticket window.
Low on Logic – High on entertainment