I’ll have to use discussion on Wanted (2009) and Dabangg (2010) as a lead into this brief discussion on Salman Khan’s latest movie and, as box office collections are illustrating, perhaps greatest in at least some respects. There’s the action element we’re accustomed to. There’s more comedy and romance. There's a star actress in Kareena Kapoor. There are the familiar characters by Raj Babbar and Mahesh Manjrekar in familiar roles. There’s decent music made more enjoyable by strong on-screen personalities and good choreography. And they all work rather well for what has got to be among the most entertaining movies of the year. I am admittedly biased in favor of Salman, but he’s bringing the fun back into core, made-for-cinema Bollywood, and that cannot be a bad thing, can it?!
There are plenty of things I like about Bodyguard.
Salman’s at the point now where we can safely begin to elevate his action-hero status from ‘best among active’ to ‘legendary among all-time’. No kidding. Check out these videos of the response to Salman’s entry in the movie, and the level of interaction in a song, for instance. (Thank you Dunkdaft and Jess for sharing!) Let these be your guide to what kind of movie to expect.
It's this kind of interaction that has long been a Bollywood hallmark, and it's nice to see it being kept alive in the made-for-cinema movies that Salman does.
We could all go on and on about things that fit the movie well and those that do not, but a Salman movie defies the norm and sets its own standards. The takeaway here is that if even part of you is a fan of his, you will enjoy Bodyguard. The dude looks fresh and like he is having more fun than in a very long time. I'll gladly light a cigar in honor of his persistence and belief in his profession and brand of cinema, through the years, having been rewarded with such massive hits in succession. It's only fair, and it's only further testament to his being the biggest Superstar Khan within India.
Please don’t let my fondness of Salman or the film imply I don’t subscribe to intellectualism as a conscious effort to elevate the self and community – some ‘commercial’ movies warrant more intellect in their consumption, unbeknownst to those who just love to hate good old Salman and dismiss his films as low-brow. (This includes most critics, of course.)
So, since I like to hypothesize about all things Hindi film, here are some more takeaways and lessons learned, followed by a question which is the subject of my latest poll:
2. Katrina Kaif can specialize in special appearances;
3. Biceps are to Salman what eyebrows are to Rekha;
4. Salman is still the Bollywood style icon;
5. Can we get Salman on a Cat next time? (Ek Tha Tiger (2012) with Kat might offer a good opportunity, perhaps?) and
6. I really quite like the title song (trailer below)...so fitting!
A quick poll -- please vote in the sidebar (top-right) and/or comment: Which of Wanted, Dabangg, and Bodyguard did you enjoy most (and why)?
Movie Rating: 4/5 (Excellent!)
Pure fun. Unadulterated Bollywood entertainment.
Music Rating: 3/5 (Above Average)
The only thing missing from each of Salman’s latest blockbusters is very good music. They’ll get it right some time. Himesh Reshammiya and Pritam have done way better.
My Classification: PG-13
For violence. Family-friendly otherwise.
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