Fox Star Studios’ Bang Bang! (UA) is an action-packed love story. Rajveer Nanda (Hrithik Roshan) steals the Kohinoor diamond from London and returns to India. He makes it amply known to underworld don Omar Zafar (Danny Denzongpa), through his (Zafar’s) men, that he has the expensive Kohinoor diamond, the intention being to meet Omar Zafar. Although Rajveer pretends that he wants to sell the diamond, he doesn’t actually sell it, making Omar Zafar’s men follow him for it. Hot on Rajveer’s trail are Omar Zafar’s men on the one hand and the police on the other.
In trying to meet Omar Zafar, Rajveer has to escape, both, the police and Zafar’s men while securing the Kohinoor diamond. Quite early on, he meets Harleen Sahni (Katrina Kaif) in a chance encounter. Harleen, who works as a receptionist in a bank, is on a blind date and mistakes Rajveer for her date. The two hit it off well and start enjoying each other’s company. Harleen, of course, can’t fathom why so many people are after Rajveer and why he keeps gunning down people. Anyway, she learns part of Rajveer’s reality even as their romance blossoms.
And then, Rajveer gets a chance to meet Omar Zafar. What happens thereafter? Why was it so necessary for Rajveer to meet Omar Zafar? Is there some back story? If so, what is it? What is the whole truth about Rajveer? Is he a thief or a noble soul? Does Rajveer and Harleen’s love culminate in marriage?
The film is an official remake of the Hollywood film, Knight And Day. The screenplay for the adapted story is written by Sujoy Ghosh and Suresh Nair. At the outset, it must be said that the story and screenplay offer hardly anything by way of novelty. But frankly, the other things that the film offers are so, repeat, so overpowering that the audience doesn’t even think about the lack of novelty in the subject. Among these ‘other things’ are the presentation, the action and stunts and the dances but more about them later. The screenplay is very fast-paced and keeps the audience engrossed and involved throughout. Yes, the more discerning viewer may question how Rajveer can do just about anything and that too, so easily, but the masses will not even get time to think on those lines. And when the reality of Rajveer is revealed in the end, the questions do get answered to a large extent.
The romance between Rajveer and Harleen is very cute and heartwarming. Actually, the actors playing these two characters are so good-looking that half the job is done with the casting itself – the audience roots for the two, right from the word ‘go’. There are a number of light moments in the first half and they are truly enjoyable. Action takes over in the post-interval portion and that will more than satisfy the masses. Emotions, of course, could have been far more pronounced. Abbas Tyrewala’s dialogues are very nice.
Hrithik Roshan looks like a Greek God. He has taken off his shirt in a number of scenes and his bare torso is to die for. He acts wonderfully, dances excellently and is unbelievably agile in the action sequences. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that he has surpassed himself in the two song-dances. Katrina Kaif looks very pretty and also delivers an excellent performance. Her sense of timing in comic scenes is lovely. Danny Denzongpa stands out in a role which isn’t too lengthy. Pavan Raj Malhotra is very effective in the role of the secret service agent. Javed Jaffery makes his presence felt in a brief role, in a special appearance. Jimmy Shergill has his moments, also in a brief role, in a special appearance. Kanwaljit Singh, Deepti Naval, Vikram Gokhale and Ankur Vikal provide adequate support in guest appearances. Kamlesh Gill is cute as Harleen’s grandmother. Partha Akerkar (as Robert) and Pradeep Kabra (as Big Man) are effective. Pratik Dixit shines in the role of Karan. Others lend the desired support.
Siddharth Anand’s narrative style caters to all classes of audience. His direction is very good and he has succeeded in keeping the viewers involved, right from the start till the end. He doesn’t let the audience’s thoughts wander anywhere. Vishal-Shekhar’s music is already hit. ‘Tu meri’ and the ‘Bang Bang’ song are very fast-paced numbers. ‘Meherbaan’ has lilt and melody. Lyrics, by Vishal Dadlani, Anvita Dutt and Kumaar, are perfectly in synch with the film’s mood. Choreography of the ‘Tu meri’ and ‘Bang Bang’ songs (both by Bosco-Caesar) is truly mesmerising. Special mention must be made of Hrithik Roshan’s outstanding dance movements in both these songs. Ahmed Khan’s choreography in the ‘Meherbaan’ song is eye-filling. Salim-Sulaiman’s background music is wonderful. Sunil Patel’s cinematography, with additional cinematography by Vikas Sivaraman and Benjamin Jasper, is extraordinary. The film looks like a Hollywood film, thanks to the camerawork, canvas and action/stunts. The foreign locations are heavenly. Parvez Shaikh’s action and stunts (with action consultant Andrew Armstrong) takes one’s breath away. Action of this kind has not been seen on the Hindi screen. The water action sequence is out of this world. The chase sequences are just too lovely. Dipankar Dasgupta’s production designing is veritably superb. Editing, by Akiv Ali, is sharp.
On the whole, Bang Bang! is a super-hit because it offers entertainment galore and has something for everyone. It will break a lot of box-office records and could end up joining the Rs. 200-crore club.