‘RADHE’ DOESN’T EVEN LIVE UPTO ITS OWN PROMISE OF BEING A MASALA ENTERTAINER

Rating: 1/5
Salman Khan has been in the industry since 80s. If he still thinks this content will be liked, it’s high time that he quits the industry

Eid and Salman Khan. Go hand in hand. His fans wait for his ventures. Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai will not be liked even by his fans. There’s no problem at all in a film being a masala entertainer. But this so-called masala should atleast enhance the flavour and not make you puke.

Watch the trailer here:

PLOT

The city of Mumbai is grappling with the ever increasing menace of drugs, captivating the youth. Police officer Rajveer Shekhawat aka Radhe (Salman Khan, reprising the role of the film Wanted) has been roped in to clean the city. Then begins his journey on his ‘ek baar ka commitment’.

STORY/SCREENPLAY/GENERAL

The screenplay is penned by Vijay Maurya and AC Mugil with dialogues by Maurya. Cringeworthy is the word when it comes to story or the treatment. So archaic, primitive and naive. The screenplay is so dramatic that you start appreciating the high end drama of soap operas.

Right from the first scene, you know exactly how the story is going to take shape. Nothing, not even an element changes. There is no attempt to do anything new. May be they felt that Salman’s entry scene is impactful. Actually, you would want to pause the film to absorb that they actually thought it was doable and even did this. After watching this film, Wanted and the rise of retrieved Salman Khan after that seems godly.

The hero lacks flexibility (clearly can be seen when he attempts to run or fight) and most of the task has been evidently accomplished by a body double. Okay, no problem. The villain is etched out straight from a fantasy cartoon series who moves in a black attire surrounded by two of his henchmen  Okay, no problem. The love angle is utterly childish and something that was not even done in early 2000s. Okay, again no problem. But you are made to appreciate this piece in the name of entertainment? Problem. Problem. Problem.

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On sets of the film (image source: spotboyE.com)

This 109mins film seems so stretched that you feel that chopping off a good 20mins wouldn’t be a bad idea at all. As usual, in most Salman Khan films, the women don’t have anything substantial to do apart from getting kidnapped and render some glamour. Same. Ditto. There is also an attempt to throw in some comedy. Goes in vain.

The only sensible character is that of Randeep Hooda. Although you know how it is going to unfold, you still like watching his brutal avatar. Action choreography except the pathetic climax is interesting and does feel thrilling, especially the first fight between Salman-Randeep.

PERFORMANCE

Salman Khan, not even an inch better than any of his previous acts. Infact, he is inclined towards the worse side. So plastic. So rigid. So artificial.

Disha Patani has some scenes where she appears and goes off. Her track is like a breather. Here and there. Nothing to talk about. Either about her narrative or her performance.

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On sets of the film (image source: spotboyE.com)

Randeep Hooda is impressive. He does his job with conviction. Whenever he is there in the frame, there is meaning. Some meaning to the plot. But since the film lacks any punch, he will suffer the collateral damage. Friendship with Salman has been costing him, it seems.

Jackie Shroff has a refreshing role. He makes all the effort to be on the mark and he does succeed. You like him.

OTHER TECHNICALITIES

Music is hit. The songs have been making the party goers swing. But during the film, you are bound to skip all of those. The background score by Sanchit and Ankit Balhara is decent. The tunes used are mostly the modified versions of what you’ve associated with Salman’s personality after Wanted.

Cinematography by Ayananka Bose is visually engaging. The lights and colours are vibrant. The look of the film is exquisite. It also comes from the high end definitions brought in by the production design by Durgaprasad Mhapatre The sets are mostly unreal, but they carry a nice visual appeal.

Editing by Ritesh Soni matches the nature of the film. It could be shortened towards the second half. But it’s not bad.

The audience likes such films or not is a different matter. Why are such films made in the first place? Thankfully it’s not released in theatres. And thankfully the cinema halls are shut. Or else, money wastage would have been the in-thing.

Rochak Saxena

Rochak Saxena a Mass Media Teacher, former journalist at DNA and an ardent lover of Hindi films - literally. The blog derives its name from the popular term ‘Willing Suspension of Disbelief’, most commonly used in the world of literature and cinema. Meaning to immerse yourself in an unreal world (where you know what you see on screen is fake) with a self-proclaimed/declared belief/wish to consider it real, the willing world becomes magical. It’s the same magic every Friday that drives Rochak to share things in the perspective that it needs to be observed with. Every film is different. And the difference needs to be cherished.

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