Amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic, Salman Khan's much anticipated action thriller Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai released in selected theatres overseas and on multi streaming platforms today (May 13, 2021). Does this Eid spectacle satiate your taste buds craving for a masaledaar entertainer? Let's find out.
"Ek baar jo maine commitment kardi uske baad toh main apne aap ki bhi nahi sunta." Radhe (Salman Khan) revisits his famous dialogue from his 2009 blockbuster film Wanted, when a young school kid turns to him to seek justice for his dead friend. A few minutes into the film and you realize that it would have been better had this commitment remained unfulfilled!
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What's Yay: Crowd-pleasing songs, Few action sequences
What's Nay: Screenplay, Direction
"Good morninnng Mumbaiiii," nope, that's not Vidya Balan's character RJ Janhvi from Lage Raho Munna Bhai. Instead, you see Rana (Randeep Hooda) in a long leather coat and longer hair, exchanging this morning salutation before smashing a man to pulp in a deserted car shed. Our villain is a new outlaw who aspires to ravage the city of Mumbai with his drugs business.
Enters Radhe (Salman Khan), a rebellious encounter specialist whose resume boasts of 97 encounters and 23 transfers in a span of 10 years. The man doesn't believe in playing by the rule book both on and off duty. When not gunning down baddies, Radhe spends his time flirting and dancing with his boss Avinash's (Jackie Shroff) sister Diya (Disha Patani).
Soon, Radhe and Rana's paths cross and what follows next is a ride which is enjoyable only in bits and pieces.
Prabhu Deva's latest outing Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai is based on the Korean film The Outlaws. The filmmaker tries to fit the South Korean crime thriller into the template of a Salman Khan film and fails miserably. While Prabhu Deva ticks most of the boxes when it comes to pleasing Salman's die-hard fans (checkered shirts, trademark bracelets and massy dialogues), his storytelling takes a backseat in the process. The inconsistent screenplay adds more to your woes as you try to make sense of what's unfolding on screen.
Superstar Salman Khan literally has 'glass shattering' entry in the film. In one of the scenes, he even displays his bronzed rippling torso which gets the leading lady to fall into his arms. In short, he does things that only Bhai fans would rejoice! For the rest, re-watching Wanted is a better option any day.
Disha Patani is reduced to a glam doll whose only contribution is to mouth a few annoying lines and shake a leg with her love interest. Her track with Salman simply adds minutes to the runtime of the film. It's disheartening to watch a seasoned actor like Jackie Shroff in a role which doesn't make any significant contribution to the film. If the makers wanted to explore the humour angle with him then sorry boss, it was a complete misfire!
Randeep Hooda tries his best to salvage this ship from sinking but the mediocre writing pulls him down. Gautam Gulati, Sanjay Tsheltrim, Sudhanshu Pandey and Megha Akash are okay in their respective parts. Singer-musician Arjun Kanungo who makes his Bollywood debut with Radhe, catches your eye in his portions.
Barring a few action scenes, Salman Khan's Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai has nothing new to offer in the 'dishoom-dishoom' department. Most of the film has been shot indoors in Mumbai and Salman's Galaxy Apartment also makes a friendly appearance. At a runtime of 1 hour and 49 minutes, Radhe is Salman's shortest film in his career. Speaking about the editing, it looks a bit disjointed at a few places.
While the lyrics of all the four songs, 'Zoom Zoom', 'Seeti Maar', 'Dil De Diya' and the title track are forgettable, Prabhu Deva does an impressive job in terms of the visuals and choreography. Probably, that's the only sunshine in this action thriller.
"Police ki naukri hai, giraftaar to karna padega. Mujrim hu jaan se maarna padega." Well, Salman Khan-Randeep Hooda's dialoguebaazi is applicable to the life of a film reviewer as well, whether the film turns out to be good or bad!
For someone who has grown up watching masala entertainers, Salman's latest Eid offering Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai tasted bland and left me highly disappointed!
Filmibeat gives 2 stars out of 5 to Salman Khan-Disha Patani starrer Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai.