If you’re still recovering from Salman’s last movie, Yuvvraaj, you’ll survive this. Prabhudeva’s Hindi remake of the Tamil blockbuster Pokiri, has Salman Khan in his element as the bad boy who’s out to get anyone in his way. Never mind if the movie doesn’t make any sense, Wanted is a full-on Bollywood movie that promises to entertain, and entertain it does.
Radhe (Khan) is a hitman who will work for anyone who will fill his coffers. This principle proves dangerous as he flits from one gang to another, often with disastrous results. His work gets him associated with various crime lords, who are constantly warring with each other, until he meets Gani Bhai (Raj)- a Dawoodesque underworld kingpin who operates from abroad. But Gani operates on a different wavelength, and Radhe is soon seen as a threat. Meanwhile, the cops are on their own mission to wipe off the criminals from the face of the city. In short, Wanted is a “if the gangs don’t get you, the cops will” kind of saga for those on the wrong side of the law.
Wanted is Bollywood all the way. The regular mix of song and dance, dialogues, action, romance, etc. is peppered with cameos by Anil Kapoor, Govinda and the director himself. And if you withstand temptation by not bolting out during the initial 25 minutes, you’re rewarded with lines like, “Tu jis school se padke aaya hai, main usi school ke headmaster ko tuition deta hoon.”
Wanted doesn’t have a real story or any acting worth mentioning for that matter and you’re left wondering why actors like Govind Namdeo, Vinod Khanna and Sanjay Manjrekar are even in it.
Nothing’s subtle about it and people fall down a la domino effect. But despite putting random scenes together and making a movie out of it (as well as doing the jig), Prabhudeva dishes out a typical Bollywood film that can be watched once.
After all how many times can you watch a violent movie with humorous undertones?