Bang Bang (2014)

Much awaited Hrithik and Katrina starrer. And yes, Katrina does star in this film, unlike Dhoom 3, where she had a blink and miss role. Sorry a lot of Dhoom 3 references are going to come up in this review, for I felt cheated by both.

So they say you must leave your brain aside for some films. I didn’t think this would be one of them. Especially when they credit the source, Knight and Day, in the opening titles. But when they try to pass off the desert of Abu Dhabi as London in broad day light, you realise you have to hold your brain with your pop corn, in your lap.

Thankfully the movie doesn’t take itself seriously, like Dhoom 3 did, where you actually felt like shooting everyone on screen. Here things happen, because its convenient and of course the cinema goer doesn’t have intelligence, “so we can do anything”, thought the makers. What surprises me is that big stars are now doing such films, and audiences are consuming it.

Hrithik does what he does best – dance. His body is chiselled and bronzed to the point of looking unattractive, and doesn’t match his back story at all. Katrina, yo-yoing from size 8 to 16, has a few funny bits, but overall has character issues. She can’t make up what side of herself she is on. Action sequences are well shot, as are the various locales. But did the film warrant its 140-160 (figures differ) budget? Not at all. Caricature support cast move along the ‘fantasy’ plot, sorry not worth mentioning, except the cute grandma.

Director Siddharth Anand (maker of Salaam Namaste, Ta Ra Rum Pum, Bachna Ae Haseeno, Anjaana Anjaani) has delivered what may appear to be a ‘crore-crazy’ film, but it lacks severely in content.

Sad to say, but Hrithik has pulled an Aamir.

1.5/5

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