Bodyguard is without doubt the biggest release of the year so far and with such hype and craze, the expectations are always high. Having said that, its all about Salman Khan here. Good or bad, his movies work and his fans love him to death.
The makers promised a strong storyline and a beautiful love story. For the first time, in a long time, we were actually talking about the story being the USP in a Salman Khan film!
The Good: Bodyguard starts off well, the Aaya Re Aaya Bodyguard song showcases the star power of Salman Khan with the audience going nuts. The character of Lovely Singh is extremely likable and so was Divya’s (Kareena Kapoor). There are plenty of light moments and the scenes involving the fat-guy are hilarious. The action sequences are brilliantly shot and choreographed. The music by Pritam and Himesh Reshammiya has two sweet tracks – I Love You and Teri Meri.
The Bad: The climax is a huge let-down, its so bad that it ruins the entire experience. The final twist in the tale and the sequences that follow is something that you get to see in most South Indian films, quite obvious when the director-writer of Bodyguard – Siddique – is a popular south Indian director. Also, the scenes involving the child actor in the climax, reminds you of little Anjali from Karan Johar’s Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.
The sequences prior to Kareena falling in love with Salman could have been handled better. Hard to digest the fact that she ‘understands’ everything in a matter of seconds and falls in love with him over a fight sequence, just because he being her Bodyguard is trying to save her life!
Performances: The film relies almost entirely on Salman Khan’s charm and he delivers, its one of his more likable performances in recent times. Kareena looks lovely and acts well. Hazel needs to work on her dialogue delivery. Raj Babbar stammering with emotions in his final scene reminds you of those melodramatic movies from the 80s. The rest are good.
Overall, Bodyguard is different from films like Dabangg and Wanted, but will still be liked by Salman fans. The last 20-30 minutes is by far the film’s weakest point. Those twists used to work before, its embarrassing to watch them now.Rating: