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Movie Review: Bang Bang

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that this weekend is Bang Bang weekend; in other words, the release of the Hrithik Roshan-Katrina Kaif official Bollywood remake of Knight and Day. After several mega-disappointments, I had taken a little hiatus from Hindi films but I was excited for catching the premiere of Bang Bang at Novo Cinemas earlier today.

What they say it’s about:

A chance encounter of the unassuming bank receptionist Harleen Sahani (Katrina Kaif) with the charming yet mysterious Rajveer Nanda (Hrithik Roshan), results in an on-rush of ditched planes, car chases, shoot-outs, bombing raids and general global mayhem. But as the transcontinental chase ensues with Rajveer convincing Harleen that he’s the good guy, can she really trust him, and will trust matter when the bullets start flying? Fox Star Studios and Director Siddharth Anand promise edge of the seat excitement and adrenaline pumping action as the duo fight against all odds. Expect explosions, trigger happy assassins and pandemonium that can only aptly be termed as Bang Bang.


What it’s actually about:

Classic revenge drama. Passports, immigration, and law enforcement don’t seem to exist as Hrithik and Katrina jump from country to the country escaping the bad guys as they fall in love. Thankfully, there’s a plentiful skin show from both of them and we get to ogle their bodies with beautiful backdrops of Greece, Prague, and of course, our very own Abu Dhabi.

What’s good:

The music is the best part about Bang Bang. First up comes “Tu Meri” with a beautiful set and choreography and “Meherbaan” is hauntingly beautiful set in Santorini on the Greek coast. But the highlight is the title song with the lead pair oozing sex appeal and Hrithik doing a fantastic Michael Jackson tribute. However, this comes at the end credits so feel free to tell the idiots in the cinema to sit-down if they attempt to obstruct your view.

Hrithik has put all his muscles into the action stunts of this movie. IF you can let go of the logic, the action choreography in this movie is beyond anything I’ve seen in Hindi cinema so far. The movie also looks incredible visually. Each frame is picturesque and you’re going to want to book a flight to an exotic destination soon after watching it. The VFX department has done a stupendous job, with your eyes being tricked even while your brain goes ‘WTF?’

What’s not so good:

Aye, I hate to say this – it’s just bad this was my pose in the cinema for most of it). There’s no script to speak of and logic doesn’t just take a backseat, it sits outside of the cinema in the food court. Considering it cost ₹140 crores (US$ 22 million) to make this movie, I really wish they had at least hired a junior scriptwriter to flesh it together. Hrithik is a phenomenal actor but even he doesn’t have a single memorable dialogue in the film.

Bang Bang is a remake of Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz’ Knight and Day and its clear both Hrithik and Katrina spent a lot of time re-watching it on DVD. You can catch Hrithik and Katrina aping their Hollywood counterparts mannerisms; unfortunately it comes off hammy and loses the natural charm Cruise and Diaz have. That being said, you almost forgive the lead pair because of how stunning they look. I lost count how many abs Hrithik has and I’ll be hitting the gym at 6 am tomorrow thanks to Katrina.

Should I watch it?

It’s Eid weekend and if you have no plans and have decided to lock up your brain, then why not. Bang Bang looks great visually and its nice to catch sights of Qasr al Sarab, Yas Island (the car chase scene especially) and Abu Dhabi in a Hindi film. Maybe a couple of cocktails before might make it more appealing. 1.5 stars (out of 5) from me.

Directed by Siddharth Anand and produced by Fox Star Studios, Bang Bang stars Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, Danny Denzongpa and Jaaved Jaffrey and releases worldwide on October 2nd, 2014.

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