Bang Bang ~ Review

The stunningly beautiful jodi Katrina Kaif and Hrithik Roshan team up for action packed Bang Bang. Komal Shastri-Khedkar provides the low-down on the story, performances, direction and music. Find out if it is one to watch or give a miss.

Bang Bang

With Bang Bang, Siddharth Anand proves to the world that even if you’re given a massive budget, two stunning lead actors, the most exotic locations to shoot in, some extremely good and never seen before stunts and foot tapping music, it still wouldn’t matter in the end if you are an unskilled director who is directing a terrible screenplay with ridiculous dialogues.

As the movie starts, so do the brand endorsements of Pizza Hut, Odomos, Mountain Dew, Ray Ban. The captured villain is shown eating ’Pizza Hut’ pizza in ‘THE MI6’ headquarters, when the building with the most tight security ever, is broken into very easily to rescue him.

Bang Bang

So when that opening scene prepares you to lower down your expectations, something atrociously unbelievable happens in the next scene.

Katrina Kaif, one of the most jaw-dropping beauties ever, is shown as a boring bank receptionist who signs up on an internet blind dating service because nobody will date her. Can you believe that?

Bang Bang is the remake of Knight and Day, with the hero on a mission to destroy India’s Most-Wanted villain.
Brilliant chemistry between Hrithik and Katrina is the winner of the film.
Siddharth Anand who gave us such unbearably painful films in the past at least provides exotic locations, Katrina Kaif and super hot abs of Hrithik in the price of the ticket.
Bang Bang is technically well crafted and the action stunts are breathtaking at times.
The music by Vishal-Shekar is hummable but easily forgettable.
Bang Bang is like a packet of crisps. When you open the big packet, it’s all air and not even a handful of crisps.

Let’s begin with Hrithik Roshan (Rajveer) who is introduced as a mystifying burglar who has stolen the ‘Kohinoor’ diamond, and is escaping both the cops and the pizza-eating Villain’s men.

Rajveer meets Harleen (Katrina) immediately they sing 2 songs in the span of 10 minutes and Harleen stuck with Rajveer, sets on a world escapade with him.

Apart from the lust for Hrithik’s sexy dance moves, piercing green eyes and hot abs, there actually is no other motive for Harleen to go behind Rajveer as he fleets from one country to another.

Sadly for Harleen, even after the interval, even after wearing a bikini, and even after her acting as a bimbo, Hrithik only kisses her once, leaving her wanting more.

Between all this, the story is leading us absolutely nowhere, while Hrithik and Katrina manage to entertain us with their brilliant on-screen chemistry, a kiss and some really eye-popping stunts but to no avail.

Finally the never-ending climax begins which is either a tribute to, or is a shame to all the clichéd Bollywood climaxes begins.

A captive and helpless heroine, hero being assaulted by the villain’s men, hero doing far fetched stunts; a long conversation between the villain and the hero to reveal the actual plan and then the hero and the villains using every possible means of transport – cars, bikes, F1 car, boats, sea planes, helicopters to chase each other.

The running after each other continues on land, water and air and just when you think it’s the last scene of the film, the villain refuses to die and begins yet another fight. All this with the unbelievably clichéd conch blowing background music coming straight out of the K serials!

Director Siddharth Anand, the man who gave us such unbearably painful films as Tara Rum Pum and Anjaana Anjaani, does the same to his audience, only this time the audience at least gets to see exotic locations, Katrina Kaif and super hot abs of Hrithik in the price of the ticket.

All said and done, the film isn’t entirely bad, it is entertaining and has its share of thrills and excitement. It is technically well crafted and the action stunts are breathtaking at times.

However Bang Bang is like a packet of crisps. You watch the TV commercial, you go buy them, but when you open the big packet, it’s all air and not even a handful of chips. Watch the film only if you are a fan of either of the two actors!

Komal is a cinéaste, who believes she was born to love films. Apart from working as assistant Director in Bollywood, she finds herself doing photography or watching Simpsons. “All I have in life is my imagination and I love it that way!”

  • winner of Asian Media Award 2021, 2017, 2015 & 2013
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