Like I have confessed earlier, I super love Salman Khan and there is no way I would skip catching his film within the first week of its release. Hence, a plan to watch Bodyguard had to be made. I always thought that I would watch it with dad as Sunny and Kiran might not be too interested in watching it. And yes, dad had watched Kavalan (the Tamil version) and we had heard so much about the original Malayalam one, I just thought it would be ideal to watch it with him. However, most things in my life don’t go as planned. Sunny saw the review on indiafm and exclaimed that it had a 4.5 star rating! This meant he would love to risk it! So we quietly headed to the hall on the day of its release.
The hall was filled with Sallu Bhai’s fans (this includes me). While the credits rolled, I could not help notice how amazing the background track was. I knew that if it would come during the film, I would fall in love with it! Salman’s recent films launch him with an entry song; pretty much like any Rajanikanth film. Well, this was the same. The title track in itself is lovely; to add to it there was Salman Khan with some classic moves! The crowd went crazy. I went super crazy! It also had great colours and yes, Katrina Kaif. So, there was some incentive for her fans too.
The movie began and after about 10 minutes of the film I was wondering how indiafm could give it a 4.5 rating. I knew it could never get better as it had already set expectations. I was only hoping it won’t get worse. But then, with every passing minute it just got worse. Kareena had an entry pretty much like her K3G entry! Yes, she was shown admiring herself. Different angles highlighted different body parts; literally. The first thought that hit me was, ‘I hope the film is not stuck in the times of K3G’. This would mean we were going back in time (almost 10 years). Indian cinema has come of age and to go back is nothing but bad. But then, all this was set aside because it was a Salman Khan starrer.
I can say that Kareena does look hot throughout the film. So, yes there is enough eye candy, both for the men and women. There is muscle, there is makeup and there is decent music. However, the negatives are worse. Horrible humour, unnecessary characters, clichéd situations, clichéd reactions, a bad songs, poor stunts and huge waste of great talent like Mahesh Manjarekar and Adhitya Pancholi. The track I loved finally came and I knew I would love it all the more. It’s called Teri Meri. However the video is so atrocious that even on YouTube someone has uploaded the song with the video of Mrs. and Mr. Khanna. I for a while couldn’t believe that I was still watching the film.
The plot got worse. All I kept thinking was that it could not have possibly been inspired by a Malayalam film. I know that their movies have high standards and they would never do something like this. Was it the star cast, was it the story or was it the film in general – I don’t know – but I disliked it. Need my recommendation, stay away. Or rather, watch Anurag Kashyap’s film this weekend!