So before I jump in, I must say I love Tigmanshu Dhulia's film, right from Paan Singh to Shagird. Very few capture the rustic space as well as him and it did frighten me a bit when he wanted to go the commercial way. Bullet Raja is his way of trying to do a 100 cr film. Does it work?
Lets just say that without the shitty item no & filmi romantic song, this really is a good entertainer.
Raja Misra is a man who enters a party & starts grooving straight up. He & Jimmy get caught up in a gun battle and eventually make their way into Lucknow's gangster scene. Right from the start, one things certain, theres plenty of action on display here. Along the way, you have your regular Tigmanshu folks like crummy politicans, corrupt cops, fiesty damsel, a dash of brotherhood & some absolutely hilarious dialogues, penned by Tishu himself.
At 2hrs 15 min, the film borders on being a bit long & honestly, the trimming of few songs could set the pace straight. Visually, his films as they always are, dont look very fancy & that itself is the beauty of his world. Rustic & unpolished, Bullet Raja doesn't look a wee bit like any other multi-crore blockbuster. The music is a miss except for Tamanche pe Disco.
The second of the film actually picks up the pace and races through till the climax, especially with the introduction of a fun cop in Vidyut Jamwal. The action some of which is also choregoraphed by him, is fun to watch & a welcome departure from people flying!
For anyone who likes Tigmanshu Dhulia's world of films, Bullet Raja is a definite one time watch as it entertains with doses of action & humour. Surely, this is a farcry from his regular films (like Paan Singh Tomar & Sahib Biwi Gangster) as he tries to go more filmi with it. For his next outing, I hope he does something drastically different, so as not stuck in a space like Prakash Jha.
In his own words, this is his tribute to 70's Bollywood cinema & he does so by going pulp with it. Saif Ali Khan & Jimmy Shergill have great camaraderie and though he looks old, Saif is fun to watch. Sonakshi supports well in a small role & Vidyut Jamwal is a surprise package in his cameo.
Watch out for the scene with Gulshan Grover, Sonakshi & Saif Ali Khan in the house, its hilarious in the writing & the reason why I love a Tigmanshu film.
All in all, watch this one if you like desi films with a bit of edge. Surely better than the other releases this month, namely Krissh & Ram Leela.view less