Radhe Review- Mindless Entertainer (Article ready)

In this sequel, (The first part was ‘Wanted’ which was released in 2009) Salman Khan is a meeting specialist in Mumbai with 97 meetings 23 transfers to his credit in 10 years. Reputation you might think. Well, that’s how Khan entertains his fans. This is another typical Bollywood potboiler with predictable twists and turns that will still be enjoyed due to the wide fan base that a hero like Salman Khan has.

Also, this film claims to be inspired by the 2017 South Korean film The Outlaws which is based on real life events and was a huge hit. If Director Prabhu deva had modified it to suit the Mumbai setting, it would really be the ‘most wanted film’ and Radhe ‘the most wanted bhai’. However, the director seemed to have his own formula for what would work for Bollywood audiences, and from there, things went downhill. If you’re just looking for a mass entertainer, this one fits the bill. There’s plenty of action and vicious villains, which keeps things interesting for most of the film.

With drug abuse increasingly becoming a problem among the suspended Mumbai youths, cop Radhe (Salman Khan) is called in for some sort of clean-up mission. Pitted against him is the dangerous villain Rana (Randeep Hooda) who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

Expect what is expected

Director Prabhudeva seems to have presented another mindless entertainer, the kind Bollywood is famous for. There are a lot of cliches punctuated by some truly original moments, but the level of entertainment is quite high. There’s enough of the action, roughness and brutality one would expect from a Salman Khan film thanks to the action choreography by (Myeonghaeng and Anbariv). The confrontation scene between Salman Khan and Randeep Hooda has been well recorded.

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Action and more action

And there’s romance…

Even though Radhe is tackling a difficult mission that he has to complete, he somehow has enough time to tease his boss’ sister (Jackie shroff) Diya (Disha Patani) and even for item numbers. She is an aspiring model trying to help Salman land the modeling gig, assuming he is also an aspiring model. She adds a lot of oomph and glamor to the film, but the romance angle really undercuts the main plot. The city is in the grip of the dreaded drug mafia, and it’s up to Radhe to kick the ass and put things back in order.

Somehow in the midst of all this, you find him prancing along with his heroine. There Prabhudeva made the most of Salman Khan’s star power, and it has worked quite well for him. In many scenes, you find our main man packing a punch. But other than that, there’s only predictable film dialogue and meaningless romance, and weak comedy. Jackie Shroff who plays Salman Khan’s senior could be put to better use.

Randeep Hooda really shines as a bad guy. He made every minute of his count on the screen. The threatening Rana proves to be a tough match even for Radhe. There is a pre-interval fight between the two which has been done to the death in both Tamil and Telugu films. Many other villains in the film may have been added for entertainment. They just appear loud and rude. Although attempts to incorporate comedy into the film failed miserably.

For Salman fans

This is a role that Salman Khan can play in his sleep. It’s so typical of Salman that even if it goes against logic, his loyal fans will find reasons to watch it and cheer him on. The biggest mistake this film makes is, instead of portraying Salman as a conscientious cop. he is projected as some kind of superhero or savior. The cat and mouse game between Radhe and Rana is sure to be enjoyed by the average movie-goer. Big screen releases are what stellar fans prefer, but it just so happens that due to the pandemic conditions they have had to make do with watching them on Zeeplex – Zee 5’s pay-per-view service.

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