Rather than beating around the bush, let us directly come to the point as to: Is BANG BANG really as big as it's made out to be? The man who goes by the name of 'Hrithik Roshan' is back and how! This time, 'supporting' his acts are the highly sophisticated mean machines, hot wheel rubber whose road smooching creates friction, state of the art weapons and much more. When you have a film which is as big and magnanimous as this one, where you have monstrous budgets and colossal star power, the result will be nothing short of BANG BANG!
This film also guarantees the quintessential adrenaline rush through the medium of super high octane stunts, mega fast car chases and mind boggling action sequences. Add to that the ditched planes, shoot-outs, bombing raids and mayhem which are a pre-requisite of any action film. But does BANG BANG match upto the mammoth expectations from the film? Or is it just a gas balloon that will suffer a leak as time passes by, let's analyze.
The film starts with an unassumingly innocent girl Harleen Sahni (Katrina Kaif) who works as a bank receptionist. In a random turn of events (blind dating, to be precise), she accidentally happens to meet the extremely charming yet mysterious Rajveer Nanda (Hrithik Roshan), who is out on a secret mission. And anyone who comes in the line of his 'duty' simply gets eliminated by him... bang bang! There comes a situation when Harleen starts hating Rajveer, when she gets to know his identity. By then, the damage is already been done... sub-consciously she falls in love with him. The situation becomes such that, she cannot leave his side and the two engage in a series of action adventure across the world. Whenever she poses a question about Rajveer's background, either Rajveer ducks the question or the situation plays the villain. Amidst all this, enters the villainous Omar Zafar (Danny Denzongpa), who kills the nation loving army officer played by Jimmy Sheirgill, as he doesn't abide by his terms and conditions. The twists and turns of events lead Harleen to unravel Rajveer's biggest secret.
Who is Rajveer exactly? Why is he dragging Harleen along with him? And what does he really want from Omar Zafar... forms the rest of the story.
Director Siddharth Anand (who had earlier directed films like ANJAANA ANJAANI, BACHNA AE HASEENO, TARA RA RUM PUM and SALAAM NAMASTE) has made a sleek action packed adventure with BANG BANG. One has to applaud him for making the film that seems to be a perfect blend of grandeur and style. The film's story travels through Prague, Thailand and Greece amongst other countries and the idea was to keep a non-compromising approach on the scale of the film while giving the story its due.Even though he has made this film for the masses and classes alike, one thing is for sure that BANG BANG has really turned out to be escapist cinema at its best!
Hrithik Roshan makes absolutely no mistakes in getting his act together. There's no denying the fact that he plays the perfect Bollywood hero in this film,who can dance effortlessly, fight in style and charm the audiences. But what one really needs to applaud is the way he carries the film on his shoulders. No wonder then, he is the driving force of the film, on which the film can 'bang' upon! We have seen him in his stylized action avatar in DHOOM 2. His role in BANG BANG seems to be a hundred notches ahead of what he did in DHOOM 2. On the other hand, Katrina Kaif (who had been paired with Hrithik Roshan earlier as well in ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA) supports him well as the leading lady. Overall, she plays her funny quirky character decently. Danny Denzongpa has a small but strong role as the main villain of the film. The other actors like Pawan Malhotra, Javed Jaffrey and Jimmy Sheirgill are decent.
The flip side of the film,however, is that its pace remains inconsistent. There are points where the film runs very slow but catches up with the action sequences that follow. Add to that, there are certain scenes in the film which go onto defy logic and even common understanding!
While the writing (Sujoy Ghosh, Suresh Nair) is average, the beautiful visuals of the film definitely arrest the audience's attention. There are places where the film's screenplay seem to falter at times, but the performances of the lead actors more than make up for these petty flaws. Ditto for the film's dialogues (Abbas Tyrewala), even though there aren't any path breaking one liners, there are certain quirky lines that are smartly used.
The film's action sequences are bound to take your breath away. And there is just one person to be credited for this and he is none other than the Hollywood action director Andy Armstrong of The Amazing Spiderman 2 fame. He has indeed lived upto the hype and the expectations that were attached with BANG BANG. Some of the most remarkable action scenes in the film include Hrithik Roshan driving a F1 car, performing water-skiing after being tied to a sea-plane and doing the death-defying fly board stunts.
One of the film's many driving points is melodious music (Vishal Dadlani- Shekhar Ravjiani), which stays with you after the film. Vishal, who also doubles up as a singer for a couple of songs, really helps the film musically.
When you have the dancing god Hrithik Roshan himself, the pressure and expectations really mounts on the choreographers. In this film, its Bosco Martis, Caesar Gonsalves and Ahmed Khan who are instrumental in making Hrithik deliver one of his finest dance performances so far. The choreography of the 'Tu Tu Meri' track as well as 'Bang Bang' title song is remarkably outstanding. The film's choreography is equally stunning as well, bit in performances as well as visually.
Overall, the film's wide release during the long holiday should definitely work in its favour. Add to that, the popular starcast of the film will ensure that the movie sails through comfortably at the box-office. Another plus point to BANG BANG is that it has the least opposition from HAIDER at the box-office. So, if you are looking high-octane action scenes, sleek visuals, melodious music and if you love masala movies, then BANG BANG should definitely be your pick for this extended weekend.