Salman Khan – The right way of Justice!

Salman Khan, the original bad boy of Bollywood who is equally known for his various brushes with the law as he is for his films. In his young days, he was known to be impulsive, brash and straight-spoken which didn’t go down well with a crowd that hails only sycophants. Though he has mellowed down with age and has gained some wisdom, he still does what he likes and speaks his mind; F#%% the world!

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But the poor man in his lean period has committed a few mistakes which refuse to let him live in peace today. The Black Buck shooting case in 1999 and the American Express Bakery – 2002 hit and run case have come up time and again to haunt him. And if the latest news on Salman Khan is to be believed then he might have bitten more than he could chew.

In a drunken spree, the actor rammed onto a pavement killing one and injuring several. In India, every day we hear or read about accidents caused by negligence and drunken driving which lead to many innocent deaths. Don’t the drivers either flee the scene and are never found and brought to book?

So are we penalizing him because he is a superstar? Could he have gotten away with a shorter sentence had he been an ordinary person?

There can be no punishment high enough for killing an innocent person. So 10-11 years in jail is a breeze in comparison. But for an actor who is doing great currently, it can mean an end to his successful career.

Do we want that?

Don’t misunderstand me here. I am not trying to say he should not be punished. He should be punished for a wrong done. Nobody is above the law though we have seen many instances to suggest otherwise.

But sending him to the jail where he spends the next decade or so, is it the right way of justice? What purpose will it serve?

On the other hand, why can’t we rope him in for community service?

Just imagine, if this popular actor goes to the rural India and talks about the effects of deforestation, female foeticide and women empowerment, how much he can influence their minds?

Just think with the right head. Salman Khan is not a compulsive criminal. And he has mended his ways. This is a better way of making an honest citizen out of him than him languishing in some dreary prison and eating into the taxpayers’ money.

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readyBeware Rajnikanth, Salman Khan is here with a bang!!! This movie is an ode to Salman Khan. Salman with his crisp dialogue delivery, over the top comical salman-esque expressions, bindaas dance moves will capture your hearts once more. Somebody who has always been overshadowed by his co-stars for the last 20 years, his last 3 movies has proved that he can carry the burden of making a film hit all by himself.

Anees Bazmee has done a far better job than his earlier no-brainers. We can now forgive him for his earlier tortures.

One advice for Asin: why make long faces on an already longer one?

For those looking for meaningful cinema, please don’t waste your time and some valuable theater seats.

A typical run-of-the-mill story has been presented in a larger than life style with a horde of actors and comical situations.

Though the 2 1/2 hrs movie has been made longer by never ending movie trailers attached, not a single moment seems dragged or unwanted. And it is made all the more worth while at the end when Salman removes his shirt to show off his still perfectly chiseled torso. Oohs and aahs!

If only Asin’s wardrobe could have been better worked upon! An heiress wouldn’t dream of moving in garrish lehenga-cholis seemed to be borrowed from plastic mannequins in innumerable shops outside Dadar station.

For all those Salman Khan fans, go and revel in the Salman experience.

Ek Tha Tiger

ek tha tigerOn a lazy rain-drenched Sunday morning, the only thing that dragged me out of the bed was the thought of two hours of non-stop entertainment where I could watch (read stare, ogle, salivate and soak; not necessarily in that order LOL) my first crush, the handsome Salman Khan. Truly, Salman Khan Film (that too after almost a year) is a veritable treat for me.

But halfway through the movie and I was wondering, “What was Salman Khan thinking when he agreed to do the film?”

The story is about a RAW agent who is fondly called Tiger (Salman Khan) because of his fearless nature and ‘care-a-damn’ attitude. Tiger jumps from one mission to another globetrotting in his quest to crack down enemies and traitors. On one such assignment, he meets Zoya (Katrina Kaif) and is bowled over by the sweet and simple beauty. His love is reciprocated too. But all is not hunky dory in the spy world. When our beloved spy turns rogue, suddenly the whole world turns against him baying for his blood. After a series of mindless goose chase where you are exposed to some class stupidity by RAW agents, you are left to wonder, “If this is the level of professionalism and intellect of our much-esteemed spies, GOD alone save our country!”

The story by Aditya Chopra seems like a moment-of spur concocted fairy tale. The screenplay and dialogues leave a lot to desire too. But the stunts were breathtaking. The songs “Mashallah’’ and ‘Laapata’ are nice tracks and are already topping the charts.

Salman Khan, guys, is looking younger by each passing year. It’s sinful for somebody on the wrong side of forties to look as hot and ravishing as him. Has he got the elixir of life? On the acting front too, the man was flawless.

Verdict: Not quite the festival present I was looking forward to. But in all, a paisa vasool.

Dabangg 2

dabangg2Being a huge Salman Khan fan, I went to the theatre to watch Dabangg-2 with lots of excitement and anticipation. And today on Salman Khan’s birthday, it’s only fair that I write the review of his latest release Dabangg-2 as a way of commemorating this bold and handsome Bollywood hunk.

When the first promos of Dabangg-2 were aired, I knew it would be as grand and opulent as the original Dabangg, if not more. And boy, was I proven wrong! Dabangg-2 starts with our desi cop Chulbul Pandey aka Robinhood Pandey taking a transfer to Kanpur, the land of bigger and more powerful baddies. No sooner does he resume his work than he creates a furore in the big bad world. He is shown taking on the ‘sumo-like’ goons single-handedly. But then there are bigger fish in the pond that he is needed to deal with. Bachcha Bhaiya (Prakash Raj) is a local powerful goon who has the entire city dancing at his little finger; be it the politicians or the police force. But Chulbul Pandey fears no one and announces a war on Bachcha Bhaiyya. Soon, a no-holds-barred fight starts between the two where Chulbul Pandey wins some and loses some. In a dramatic finish, the good wins over the evil but not without the daring cop revealing his chiselled torso (don’t we all wait for this exact moment! ;)).

Salman Khan delivers a power packed performance yet again. It seems as if Chulbul Pandey has become an extension of the fearless Khan. His nonchalant dialogue delivery, facial expressions and over-all demeanour are faultless. His lady love, Rajjo (Sonakshi Sinha) has no role other than pouting and looking pretty. Her printed ‘cholis’, on the other hand, made quite a fashion statement. Vinod Khanna does provide some lighter moments in the film. Arbaaz Khan has hardly any role worth mentioning but has done a tremendous job as a first time Director.

Being a sequel, comparisons between the two films are inevitable. The songs are okay-ish and lack the punch of its prequel. However, the item number ‘Fevicol se’ featuring Begum Kareena Kapoor Khan has taken the music world and party scenario by storm. Trust me, Kareena has never looked this hot before. Dabangg-2 has the sure-fire formula of success (Salman Khan, the current Bollywood favourite – Sonakshi Sinha, item songs, over-the-top action scenes, so on and so forth) but it lacks the spontaneity of Dabangg. The action scenes look jaded and repeated while the humour too falls flat at many places unlike the first film. Arbaaz Khan hasn’t deviated from the original formula and not taken any risks.

Overall, Dabangg-2 is quite an experience though I wouldn’t go to the length of saying it’s better than the first. But yes, it can be safely said that Chulbul Pandey has swung it the second time.

Verdict: A complete ‘PAISA VASOOL’ in capital letters