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    First day, first show, first row. It could only be a Salman Khan film.



    Only five days back, I was inside the incredibly empty Screen 2 of Fame cinema reviewing Shabri. Today the same spot looks assuredly different. Youngsters, children, families enter in throngs to soak in the festive fervor of this Eid release and its phenomenal hero. Even before the credits begin to roll, the atmosphere packs in enough buzz and enthusiasm to warrantee an *experience*, which, for better or worse, is the purpose behind every recent Salman film.

    His superstar was never in question but the last few years have been extraordinarily kind and catapulted the 45-year-old into a towering screen legend, an antic idol, a self-styled God of can-dos, a crazy cross between Rajnikant and Chuck Norris. And despite this grand personality and curiously maintained good looks, he's got that everyman accessibility that makes him such a crowd favourite. Niceties come for a price though and now it's his prime obligation to overwhelm us and the box-office with every passing film.

    So the question you really need to ask here is: what is your expectation from Bodyguard? This query isn't directed at die-hard fans of Bollywood's beloved 'Bhai', of course. They're too dedicated to read reviews. Personally though, I have, without any snob value, enjoyed his brand of buffoonery and brawn on every occasion he justified or rose above the written material.

    After Dabangg, my expectations were on an all-time high. Since Ready, they've been unswervingly low.

    But the afore-mentioned audience in Screen 2 and its exuberant anticipation rubbed off on me as I braced myself for something that wasn't meant to be logical, meaningful, preachy, classy, humane or realistic. I braced myself for signature Salman in and as Bodyguard.



    That it isn't any of those is a relief. That it isn't Salman-y enough is a bummer.

    A standard entertainer with generic ingredients like action, emotion, romance, comedy, song and dance, the Hindi remake of Malayalam super-hit Bodyguard is like a mediocre Pizza Margherita that's gone stingy on the mozzarella, bland on the sauce with nothing except a half-crunchy base and uneven scattering of basil leaves.

    Instead of utilizing its principal component Salman's unique gift to draw strength out of implausibility and garner applause out of folly, director Siddique casts him in a role that's tediously one-dimensional and unfunny. It's not like Bodyguard is devoid of fanciful thrills but they're far too few and in between. For most part it's a Blackberry-endorsing romance between Salman Khan and Karisma (I have typed the right sister's name) Kapoor's voice.




    In the beginning, it's the kind of film where everyone has an entry. A high-energy title song, in which he shakes a leg with a sizzling Katrina Kaif [ Images ], establishes our man's credentials as resident Rambo . Another scene, shot like a cosmetic commercial, introduces us to the glitz and glamour of Kareena Kapoor There's also an absolutely gorgeous Hazel Keech making her Hindi film debut as Kareena's bespectacled companion and Bodyguard's most insincere kahani-mein-twist.

    Under miscellaneous, there's an obese guy who later runs half-naked in the movie along with a snarling Raj Babbar, growling Aditya Panscholi and grimacing Mahesh Manjrekar too.




    Before slumping into a silly space of trashy humour and hasty sentimentality, Bodyguard intermittently comes alive with a swashbuckling Sallu engaging in some SFX-aided action. Despite the clumsy technology, the actor ensures his fans get their money's worth whether he's swooping off one train top to another and landing straight inside a warehouse to beat the bejesus out of the baddies. The wolf-whistles are particularly deafening when a seemingly possessed water hose unbuttons the star to reveal his muscular torso to a visibly delighted crowd.

    This is exactly what the public queued up for --high jinks. And while Dabangg offered a precise volume of coolness and chutzpah, Ready went overboard with the shtick. Bodyguard, meanwhile, is on the underwhelming side. It's not much of an action flick but anunpersuasive love story with a Kuch Kuch Hota Hai [ Images ]-reminiscent twist that makes the last few reels never-ending.



    Ultimately, it's the Salman's undeniable presence coupled a rare ability to mock himself and Kareena's hard-hitting radiance in a role she would excel in even if she sleepwalked through it that makes Bodyguard seem a tad better than it actually is.

    And since it's all about, 'Mujphe ek ehsaan karna, ke mujhpe koiehsaan mat karna,' here's a two and a half star rating from me.









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    BG have broken all previous records and I have loved the movie to some extent

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    only 2.5

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    After Wanted and Dabangg, Salman Khan is back with yet another release this Eid festive season. His latest movie Bodyguard is his usual masala entertainer film, but director Siddique seems to have grown beyond Salman's limits. The film is sure to rock the family audience with its simple and captivating story.

    Bodyguard is remake of Malayalam movie with the same name, which is a romantic-action film. Salman Khan's rocking performance is the main attraction of the movie. Rajat Rawail's comedy timings, Himesh Reshammiya and Pritam's music, Sejal Shah's cinematography, Vijayan's action sequences and beautiful costumes and act direction are the other highlights of the film.

    The movie Bodyguard has simple and engaging story that is relatable. Nothing much happens in the first half of the film and it runs with a routine Bollywood masala. But the movie turns serious with a twist at the end of the first half. Siddique has shown the best part of the film in the second half. The film has an unexpected twist in the pre-climax, which is completely shocking.

    Lovely Singh [Salman Khan] is very punctual and perfect guy in his duties. He is becomes a bodyguard for Divya [Kareena Kapoor], who is the daughter of a business tycoon named Sartaj Rana [Raj Babbar]. He follows her to her college campus, but soon he becomes a menace for her with his over-protective nature. In bid to avoid him, Divya makes up a fake lover, who falls in love with 'private number'. Who is that girl? Is she really in love with him? Will he gets his true love in her? All these questions are answered in the climax.

    With Bodyguard, Salman Khan has returned to a genre he started out with love story. He emotes well in sentimental sequences and he surely rocks the viewers in action, music and comedy sequences. Kareena Kapoor has a tailor-made role and she has really used it to show her acting skills. Rajat Rawail provides perfect comedy timings. Aditya Pancholi, Raj Babbar, Mahesh Manjrekar, Hazel Keech, Asrani and Vidya Sinha have delivered their best to suit their respective roles.

    Himesh Reshammiya and Pritam's soundtracks are major highlights in the technical front and they fit well with the genre. The title track and 'Teri Meri...' are sure to rock the audience. Sandeep Shirodkar's background score is also good. Sejal Shah's camera work is the other attraction in the technical stuff. Vijayan's stunts are stylish and Sanjay Sankla's editing is also commendable.

    Overall, Bodyguard is a good masala entertainer and it can be a perfect time-passer for this Eid and Ganesh festive seasons. Salman's fans should not miss to watch this movie.
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