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Review by : Harish V

Starring: Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Raj Babbar, Hazel Keech
Direction: Siddique
Music: Himesh Reshammiya, Pritam
Production: Atul Agnihotri, Alvira Agnihotri, Reliance Enterta

Having delivered successive hits with a series of South Indian remakes like Mujse Shaadi Karogi, No Entry, Wanted and Ready, Salman Khan continues the trend with Bodyguard which is the remake of a Malayalam movie with the same title. In the last two years, Siddique, the famous Malayalam director has remade the same movie twice once in Tamil and now in Hindi. One wishes that he had developed the storyline with each remake.

The story goes thus. Lovely Singh (Salman Khan) is a strict and loyal bodyguard to Sartaj (Raj Babbar) a local statesman whom he idolises. Sartaj appoints Lovely the task of protecting his daughter (Kareena Kapoor) by being her shadow in college. The military-like Lovely is a mystery to the girls, especially to Kareena and her friends. Soon however, Lovely Singh is the most wanted man as he starts getting calls from a secret admirer. The bodyguard’s search for the voice on the phone and the consequences of the caller’s decision to remain anonymous forms the rest of the plot.

The usual Salman ingredients like a mass intro song to a topless fight sequence are all there. The purpose of any remake is to learn from past mistakes and improve the film which doesn't seem to be the case here. Kareena is supposed to have equal footing in this as the hero but certain sequences that introduced the heroine's character in the film have been omitted which leaves us clueless about Kareena’s character in this film. The first half of the film is passable. The second half is overbearing with too many song sequences which have been forcibly fitted into the screenplay. The film does have a decent climax. The helicopter sequence is very badly thought out. Overall, the screenplay fails to pack a punch.

After a very long time Salman has come back as a romantic hero. However, his romantic appeal appears to have waned in comparison to similar outings in the 90s. He shines as an action hero and in the comedy sequences. Kareena Kapoor is a live wire. She excels in her role but her character is not well developed and therefore, fails to impress. The comedian Rajat Rawail, fails in his attempt to imitate the character in the Tamil version of the film. His performance is below average. Raj Babbar is adequate in his role. Mahesh Manjarekar and Aditya Panscholi are wasted in insignificant roles with minimum dialogues.

Technically the camera work by Sejal Shah is good. He has stuck to the basics without much experimentation resulting in a good looking film. Editing by Sanjay Sankla is done well.  Action by Vijayan is over the top.  There are a few well planned out sequences but the rest are too superficial. The background score by Sandeep Shirodkar compliments the story well. There are two good tracks in an otherwise passable album by Himesh Reshamia with 'Teri Meri' taking the centre stage.

Overall, this is an average Salman film which tries too hard to satisfy everyone. A one time watch for this holiday season.

Verdict: Salman's fans will whistle but the rest will sigh.

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