Bodyguard Movie Review

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Martin D'Souza By Martin D'Souza | 18 Mar 2017 15:38:36.2130000 IST


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The music album of BODYGUARD does carry huge expectations as it is the comeback for the once numero uno composer-singer Himesh Reshammiya, who has delivered some chartbusting as well memorable love songs for Salman Khan in films like PYAAR KIYA TO DARNA KYA, TERE NAAM and KYON KI. While Himesh has been absent from the music scene for quite a while as had quit composing for other actors (except himself) and it was quite a waste of a musical talent like Himesh and so it's good news to see him back to composing for other actors as well and especially to Salman Khan who had given him his first big hit. With Salman Khan ruling box-office after hits like WANTED, DABANGG and READY, we are sure that this album will provide Himesh with the perfect comeback vehicle. And also with the numero uno composer Pritam coming in for a guest track one can indeed look forward to a great album, so let's move on!

The first song, "Bodygaurd", introduces the lead protagonist and can be labeled as the title song which is rendered by Salman Khan and the Band of Power. However, without doubt the title track is a disappointment as the net result is a pedestrian effort with a 'khichdi' tune that appears to be very heavily inspired by "Ringa Ringa". What one expected was heavy duty stuff like the DABANGG title track or even a la SINGHAM. The song has an unusual or as one might add a novel start with an announcement that a film called BODYGAURD is releasing this Eid, and it has a very good title track and then comes the Salman Khan monologue, "Mujh par ek ehsaan karna ke mujh par koi ehsaan na karna". It's mainly a chorus song that will naturally be used as a background score, especially during the action sequences where the heroics of the bodyguard is shown as he is required to save the damsel in distress. The lyrics by Shabbir Ahmed too are slightly kiddish but they do manage to do the needful; that is to convey the theme of the movie and list out the character of the main lead and relies more on Salman's on-screen persona. Will be
appreciated by those countless Salman Khan fans!

The remix version called the "Title Track Remix" is a tad better than the original and the arranger needs a pat on the back for making it spicier and more peppier.

If you have missed Salman and his sugary sweet romantic side during his latest hits- WANTED, DABANGG and READY, he is back and how! And helping him in this endeavour is the guest composer, melody king, Pritam, who delivers an ace in the form of "I Love You", rendered effortlessly and beautifully by Ash King along with Clinton Crejo. While Pritam's detractors might call it a rehash of his previous memorable love ditties but this is not the typical trademark Pritam style composition (except of course in the 'antara') as melody reigns supreme here and the very gentle soft tune comes as a whiff of fresh air that is bound to conquer the hearts of the die-hard romantics as well as those who have an ear for good music. Lyrics by Neelesh Mishra are very good and light on the ears as well.

"I Love You" remix version was not needed, but who minds listening to an absolute gem of a song in a more racier tune with lovely background crooning.

Shaan is absolutely delightful in the "I Love You" unplugged version, and the composer deserves kudos for making this a totally new enchanting fare as much effort has been put in to make the arrangements different. More of electronic flute, guitar and harmonica dominate proceedings.



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Lovely Singh is lovely to behold. What starts as an exercise in fun to distract Lovely from his task, turns out to be tragic in the end. Divya (Kareena Kapoor) is aghast that her father Sartaj Singh (Raj Babbar) has asked Lovely to guard her. Divya is unaware of the imminent danger to her and in order to get Lovely off her back she doubles up as a phone friend calling herself Chhaya and professes her love for him. Lovely is bowled over. Divya's friend warns her that it is dangerousto play with someone's emotions and before long Divya is madly in love with Lovely without him even suspecting who the real Chhaya is.

From there, the story spins off beautifully.

Salman's entry on screen is grand. A reminder of WANTED and DABANGG. He carries off the fight sequences with 'stud' ease. The dishum dishumera of the eighties is here to stay, refined by technology. What you feel is purely time pass in the beginning turns out to be an engrossing fare.

It's Salman all the way with Kareena Kapoor bringing in the brilliance of Geet from JAB WE MET. Mention must be made of Tsunami, a character who entertains without being a jerk.

Last Eid it was DABANGG, this Eid, it's BODYGUARD. A double whammy.

Salman bhai, Eid Mubarak!

Rating - 4/5


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When the movie ends, BODYGUARD Lovely Singh's story begins. That's how innocent a character he is and Salman Khan is action personified, playing abondhu in love and a maniac when it comes to performing his duty. Both characters balanced with the uncanny knack which he has been displaying of late. If Chulbul Pandey from DABANGG was dangerous, Lovely Singh is suave. There is no cockiness to this character which Salmanis generally associated with. He has stripped himself bare and allowed Siddique, first-time Bollywood director, to call the shots. Moreover, having Salim Khan as the script consultant certainly has its benefit. The gentle turn the story takes into being a powerful love saga is the shock value. The narrative, when it ends is also novel.

Two things are certain now. ONE. Salman Khan is the darling of the masses. TWO. Straight from the horse's mouth we hear that he and Katrina Kaif are no longer a couple. 'Yeh Madam Katrina Kaif ki tasveer hai. Yeh assignment khatam ho chukka hai,' says Salman as Lovely Singh the BODYGUARD when he is accidentally given a wrong photograph of the girl he has to guard.

Watching the movie with the audience 'first-day-first-show' is the actual barometer of how the film will fare and this performance will to put to rest all those baying for Salman's blood. This guy had done a bloody good job. Mind you, I am no fan of Salman but cannot help applauding his performance in BODYGUARD, which has to be one among his best. The fans, that's another story. He had the taalis in full flow. 



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Lovely Singh is lovely to behold. What starts as an exercise in fun to distract Lovely from his task, turns out to be tragic in the end. Divya (Kareena Kapoor) is aghast that her father Sartaj Singh (Raj Babbar) has asked Lovely to guard her. Divya is unaware of the imminent danger to her and in order to get Lovely off her back she doubles up as a phone friend calling herself Chhaya and professes her love for him. Lovely is bowled over. Divya's friend warns her that it is dangerousto play with someone's emotions and before long Divya is madly in love with Lovely without him even suspecting who the real Chhaya is.

From there, the story spins off beautifully.

Salman's entry on screen is grand. A reminder of WANTED and DABANGG. He carries off the fight sequences with 'stud' ease. The dishum dishumera of the eighties is here to stay, refined by technology. What you feel is purely time pass in the beginning turns out to be an engrossing fare.

It's Salman all the way with Kareena Kapoor bringing in the brilliance of Geet from JAB WE MET. Mention must be made of Tsunami, a character who entertains without being a jerk.

Last Eid it was DABANGG, this Eid, it's BODYGUARD. A double whammy.

Salman bhai, Eid Mubarak!

Rating - 4/5

Rating 4/5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Mahesh Manjrekar, Shatrughan Sinha, Aditya Pancholi, Hazel Keech, Rajat Rawail, Asrani, Katrina Kaif, Raj Babbar, Mohan Kapoor, Himani Shivpuri
  • Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed and Neelesh Misra
  • Director: Siddique
  • Music Director: Pritam and Himesh Reshammiya
  • Release Date : 31 Aug 2011