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Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai review: This movie can be injurious to your health

The viewers deserve something better than Salman Khan's boring film

Source: SIFY

By: Sonia Chopra

Critic's Rating: 1/5

Monday 17 May 2021

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Movie Title

Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai review: This movie can be injurious to your health

Director

Prabhu Deva

Star Cast

Salman Khan, Disha Patani Jackie Shroff

Good lord, viewers deserve better than this! The directors that make fortunes off commercial cinema, the actors who we’ve elevated to superstardom, the producers that hold the power to greenlight projects—they all need to do better. This will simply not do.

No one’s even pretending to act in this sham of a movie. Salman Khan, ageing ungracefully, with a heroine half his age, recycles dialogues from his own movies, takes a lift to ‘Galaxy apartments’, and looks directly at the screen to wish ‘Eid Mubarak’.

The story is convoluted and disjointed. When the crime rate goes up in Mumbai and young ones are being lured by the drug mafia, the cops decide to call on Radhe (Salman Khan) who has ‘97 encounters and 23 transfers’ behind him. The tired dialogue explains that he doesn’t follow rules but can get the job done. Hearing their plea (“police department ko tumhaari zaroorat hai”), Radhe takes up the job swaggering, scowling and never in a uniform.

Jackie Shroff appears as his comical, insecure senior and Disha Patani, a fantastic dancer with sketchy acting skills, can also be seen in a thankless role that insults everyone’s intelligence. Women are usually not given their due in director Prabhu Deva’s movies, and here too, we see an objectified, air-headed character with no depth or ambitions/interests of her own.

After their meet-cute, when Dia (Disha Patani) asks him what he does for a living, the 50-plus Khan replies that he’s a struggling model. Of course, she believes him. She helps him with a photoshoot where he is referred to as the ‘new boy’ and ‘cute boy’ leading up to the mandatory shirtless scene.

‘Radhe…’ is based on Korean film ‘The Outlaws’. Judging from the trailer, the Hindi film has twisted the original’s premise beyond recognition. Instead of borrowing from their films, it would be wonderful if our filmmakers could take inspiration from the bold strides taken by South Korean cinema.

Not as disastrous as Dabangg 3, this one comes close. Why after that debacle, would the same producer-director team-up for another vanity project is a mystery.

Meanwhile the villains have dialogues like ‘Minister ko paisa khila diya hai.’ Randeep Hooda as the antagonist is a carboard character but his talent shines through anyway.

Jackie Shroff’s recent film choices are befuddling. After the unwatchable Hello Charlie where he was in a gorilla costume for most of the movie, this is another odd choice.

With decades of superstardom, Salman Khan carries with him the capacity to make a shift in the industry. And yet he chooses to make this. It’s disappointing, really.

We’re living in unprecedented, heartbreaking times. If we are to watch cinema, it has to be the kind that feeds the soul. This movie is depleting and leaves you tired.

Off late, several Hindi film lovers have been rejecting the toxic tripe dished out in the name of commercial films.

To the viewers who are ok going through an unbearable movie for a few songs and a couple of Khan’s shirtless scenes, I just have this to say— you deserve better!

(Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai can be viewed on ZeePlex on Zee5)

Sonia Chopra is a critic, columnist and screenwriter with over 15 years of experience. She tweets on @soniachopra2

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