Brahman bhookha toh Sudhama, samjha toh Chanakya aur rootha toh Raavan. These catchy lines from the trailer pulled me to the theatre. I had zero expectations from the film, the only reason I would like to watch this movie would be Tigmanshu Dhulia and this man has done a fantastic job with this film. Most of the directors in bollywood have their own style of making films and with Bullet Raja, Tigmanshu Dhulia ensures that he is also one of them.
Story: Stuck to it’s title, Bullett Raja is story of Raja Mishra (Saif Ali Khan) and the entire film revolves around him. Unknowingly, he finds himself in a situation where the circumstances force him to take the wrong route to do right things.
Performances: Saif Ali Khan in a never seen before avatar. Langda Tyagi from Omkara is not at all related to this one so don’t dare to compare both the performances. After surprising us in Go Goa Gone Saif has given a brilliant performance and proved himself as a versatile actor. Saif’s this performance deserves an applaud. No doubt Sonakshi Sinha has been doing same kinds of role in almost all her films. It’s the same case here but hats off to Tigmanshu to make her so prominent in a hero centric film even though she is doing her regular stuff and comes after almost an hour, she manages to create an impact with her simple performance. Jimmy Shergill is good in the film and most importantly his chemistry with Saif as buddies is rocking. The other cast of the film, Gulshan Grover, Ravi Kishen, Vidhyut Jamwal, Raj Babbar is very good. The film is very well casted. Vidhyut shines in his limited role. Mahie Gill just has one song, Mahie seems to be lucky for Tigmanshu. Brilliant performances by the entire cast.
Music: The album is pretty good. All the songs are there in the film and all of them come at the right time and you enjoy all of them. First half being more lengthy slightly stuffed with songs but it doesn’t matter as you enjoy them. Background score by Sajid-Wajid is one of the highlight of the film. Score created with mostly modern instruments is sleak and it sounds awesome in the rustic atmosphere. Rural setup and sleak modern western background score makes the movie look even more better.
Direction and others: Beautiful work by Tigmanshu Dhulia. He has made the movie is his style trying something different. Tigmanshu making a commercial mass entertainer that too with Saif is something which takes guts to make it and Tigmanshu has succeeded in it. The way he has created all the characters is outstanding. Editing of the film is good. Sonakshi’s track slows down the pace of the film little bit, but then it’s fine as you are not bored, else the film is very well edited. Good cinematography and decently written dialogues make the film even more better. Praising so much about the characters must say all about the screenplay.
Overall Bullett Raja is a very well made film by Tigmanshu Dhulia. It is nicely paced, very engaging and thoroughly entertaining. The best part about the film is that not a single dull moment even though it reminds you of Tigmanshu’s previous work. The way the actors promoted the film saying it to be Saif’s new kind of role, Tigmanshu Dhulia’s first commercial film is all true and lives up to the expectations created by themselves. Go on your bullets or however you want to go but make sure you don’t miss this raja. Thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining. Recommended.