wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)
Delivers what it promises in the trailers. Lots of "dialogue", earthy style and of course bullets. Unfortunately, it also means repetitive, predictable, and tiring.Read more
After Paan Singh Tomar, I doubt there is going to be a time when I'll not look forward to a Tigmanshu Dhulia film. But I must say I am being pushed a little, with lyrics like "main tamancha, tu meri goli" (I'm a gun, you are my bullet) and "don't touch my body, o more saiyya; tera jala doongi gadda aur takya" (I'll set your mattress and pillow on fire!).
That besides, the trailer doesn't look too inspiring. It comes across as your regular Hindi film, smart-alec goon film. In fact, it comes across as a cheaper version. The dialogue seems over-written in the two minute trailer itself. The slick treatment you saw in the director's earlier films is certainly missing.
Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the film is going to make any demands from the actors in terms of perforamances. They all seem to be required to exactly what they've done earlier. In fact, Mahie Gill comes across as even more redundant in this film and Jimmy Sheirgill too seems to be required to dumb it down. That leaves Saif Ali Khan and Sonakshi Sinha. You'd expect Tigmanshu Dhulia to make better use of their talents, but I have little hope.
Paradoxically, it is the same name that still makes you look forward to what he can do with typical or worse masala.
- meeta, a part of the audience
It is a Tigmanshu Dhulia masala film. So, it is as Tigmanshu Dhulia as other Tigmanshu Dhulia films. And it is as masala as other masala films. Which means you don't get anything new and a hotchpotch of a combination.
You have an earthy, stylish element to the film which tries to keep the film outside the urban, polished looks associated with Saif Ali Khan (yes, yes except Omkara, of course). And this style starts out with a bang, at the opening credits itself. Some of the most slickly done work while keeping it rugged too.
The film itself, begins well after the opening too. Except for an abrupt and badly edited opening sequence, the film sets a nice tone of friendship between Raja (Saif Ali Khan) and Rudra (Jimmy Sheirgill). The camaraderie is cute and yet, has a rugged kind of strength about it. But, unfortunately, the writing doesn't hold as the movie progresses. It is just one big enemy after the other, gun fights and more fights, till you are immune to it all.
There are breaks in the form of one-liners - some witty, some not so much - all of them delivered as if it were to become the most iconic dialogue of the decade. Yes, it does translate either to whistles or eye-rolls, depending on your "filmy" appetite.
The other breaks come in the form of songs that you wish didn't exist, let alone show up randomly in the film and be just plain awful. Mahie Gill in "Don't touch my body..." made me so uncomfortable; didn't help that I was sitting between two men who were strangers. It has as much to do with her costume, her moves, the lyrics, the men letching at her on screen as it is with the setting - a number like that set in a wedding as entertainment for the groom and his friends and family; out in the open; in broad daylight! It just felt wrong.
Once you are past that though, there isn't much offensive in terms of vulgarity. There are religious remarks and some social ones too. The social comments take guise under patriotism and Robin-Hood-ism, but come across as sides. They show up rather abruptly.
The editing too is rather abrupt especially in some of the action sequences. Many, in fact come across as rather amateur execution. It is a shame since the action choreography is pretty cool, even if in spots.
The only thing going for the film then is the performances or rather the screen presence of the main players. Except for Raja and Rudra, none of the other characters have the writing going for them. The two other lead actors then, Sonakshi Sinha and Vidyut Jamwal come too late in the film and/or have little to do to really deserve a fair comment on performances.
Saif Ali Khan and Jimmy Sheirgill on the other hand make the most of the rustic roles they are given and it is a pleasure to see them in this setting. Though, thinking of them as simple, men who want to earn an honest living after the first action sequence is hard to digest. But, anyway, it is irrelevant to what happens in the rest of the film.
Ultimately, though, there are only so many revenge films one can watch which offer no variety at all. A couple of smart lines here and there don't cut the deal. Especially when almost everything else is sub-par.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Prathamesh Jadhav, Bollywood Life : ...Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Bullett Raja succeeds at hitting the bull’s eye with a with, quirky and engaging shot of entertainment. Go, pull the trigger this weekend! ... full review
Thumbs up, by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India : ...Where the film misses a bulls-eye is an excess 20 minutes, music that, despite Tamanche Pe Disco, remains average and direction that sometimes - don't miss the guy flagellating himself as Saif makes a momentous decision - wavers... full review
Thumbs up, by Aparna Mudi, Zee News : ...The movie is a must watch for anyone who loves hard core action. It is not as intense as Dhulia’s previous ventures were, but ‘Bullett Raja’ will surely not let you down. ... full review
So-So, by Ravi Kandala, fullhyd.com : ...The intricately scripted political climate of Uttar Pradesh adds another point to the rating, taking it to 4. Tigmanshu Dhulia writes several wonderful applause-worthy dialogues,... full review
So-So, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ... Talent needs to be respected and properly compensated, only then will you get quality. As for me, I don't want to feel like I am watching a television serial when I walk in to a Tigmanshu Dhulia film. ... full review
So-So, by Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times : ...As a mass entertainer, Bullett Raja has abundant melodrama but it is not over-the-top like Rowdy Rathore or even Dabangg. - See more at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/entertainment/bollywood/movie-review-watch-bullett-raja-for-the-dialogues/article1-1157085.aspx#sthash.jVPXI6vA.dpuf... full review
So-So, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...Well there are some good action scenes followed by few entertaining moments, but the lack of proper screenplay fails to create the much required momentum in the film... full review
So-So, by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror : ...Here's hoping Tigmanshu Dhulia ditches this spurious chase and returns to form with his brand of movies - forged from truth and insight; straight from the heart - that we've come to love. ... full review
So-So, by Rummana Ahmed, yahoo! India : ...‘Bullett Raja’ is not completely unwatchable but we have come to expect a certain class from Tigmanshu Dhulia and it is sad to see him sacrifice that in a bid to make a commercially viable film.... full review
Thumbs down, by Githa Vanan, Bolly Spice : ...So take a deep breath, forget the past and you will walk away from the film thinking ‘time-pass’. Otherwise, you will be severely disappointed with there being nothing new at all. Just a bunch of performers, trying to make a kid’s toy gun look real... full review
Thumbs down, by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah : ...Worse films have done well, so that is hardly the point, but give Tigmanshu Dhulia a star and a budget is this is the best he can do? The man who made Paan Singh Tomar reduced to Rowdy-ness?... full review
Thumbs down, by mohit Patil, Desi Martini : ...Fun in parts, mostly stagnant and desultorily conceived. And no, deliberately holding back information and fooling the viewer ain’t cool. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Devesh Sharma, Filmfare : ...Tigmanshu shouldn’t try to copy Prabhudeva but make straight-from-the-heart films that he’s famous for. We missed the comic punches and the black humour of his earlier efforts... full review
Thumbs down, by Saurabh Dwivedi, india today : ...Watch the movie if you want to see action, flying bulletts and loud dialogues. It's a complete masala film that has nothing new to offer ... full review
Thumbs down, by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY : ...This could easily be Sonakshi’s worst role till date. Jimmy Shergill has already proved his mettle as an actor and he gives a decent enough performance in whatever is expected of his characte... full review
Thumbs down, by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com : ...Bullett Raja had the scope to bring about some content in the current crop of massy entertainers and could cater to the intelligentsia but Tigmanshu Dhulia's inept attempt ruins all such chances. Quite a downer!... full review
Thumbs down, by Paloma Sharma, Rediff : ...While no two people can like the same kind of films or even agree on the definition of a good film, it is difficult to judge if even hardcore Saif Ali Khan fans should go for this one.... full review
__SHANatic__: Ok @Bullett_Raja is awesome! Gosh Saif,Jimmy and Vidyut were absolutely outstanding. BRILLIANT ACTING by all of them! 4/5 for Bullett Raja
Vittal219: You must watch Bullet Raja for @VidyutJammwal , Top acting!
vikram_prince20: Bullet raja (y)
vatsalvirus: Bullet Raja :-)
UtkarshRatnakar: Zabardast movie Bullett Raja pura LUCKNOW kai darshan kara diya Saif Ali Khan Vidyut Jammwal acting is awesome (Y) :-)
uniquerishta: "Bullet Raja is full time pass movie , worth for your money , Mr Tigmanshu Dhulia has given…" — shubhangi http://www.uniquerishta.com/entertain/bullet-raja-saif-sonkshi/2613/
trivedi333: superb movie bullet raja saif n jimmy rocksss
thIsIsISM: Bullet raja..... why people waste money in producing such kind of films. ..
TheVastikMishra: Bullet Raja Awesome
talhasiddiqui57: Today I saw bullet raja superb movie
swapniltayadex: bullett raja = chutiya movie
SRKswarrior1: Last 20 minutes of Bullet Raja #PaisaVasool
snaidu666: loved bullet raja,,,i would like to call it a sphaghetti indian
skuhar2: whating bullet raja good movie
SillySindhi: Saw @Bullett_Raja. It's a clean entertainer recommended for the entire family. And the dialogues are ekdum faadu!
shivamdont: Bhraman.. bhuka tooo tooo sudama.. Bhraman bhadka tooo ... Raavan.. osm moviee BULLET RAJA .... must watch...!!!!!
sairamufc: First Audit yesterday in Akola. Toyota showroom. Finished it, then watched Bullett Raja. Nice movie.
SaifUpdates: I just saw Bullett Raja. Amazing. Saif Ali Khan at his best. This is the first time he did any Masala film and... https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=732873443407422&id=214453328582772
sagarsahil8: Bullett raja rocks. Awesome movie.
sadiyagandhi: Watched bullet raja yesterday nite,saif,jimmy n vidyut were outstanding..raja misra another fab character 4m tigmanshu team.u all rock!
sadiam786: Lovedddddd bullet raja!!!
RohitSehgal99: Bullet raja rock's
Rashmi92410478: Bullet raja ###owsm movie##
pankajpassion: A revenge to revenge story interesting Movie Bullet Raja
obhosale63: Saw a good film after a loooong time.... Bullet raja!
NishantMaher: Bullett Raja. A nice watch. Lacks the @dirtigmanshu effect though.
nishanthini_p: 5/5 stars for bullet Raja
nehra27: with bullet raja, he is back in action !! http://www.facebook.com/nehra27/posts/736830359679187
nainasingh31: ¥¥ BULLET RAJA A A A A,, awsm dialogs. .
mishraLPU: "BRAHMAN badhkka toh RAVAN " enjoying BULLET RAJA .....awusum movie :)
manojnair505: Bullet Raja a real royal ride, thanks Mr.Tigmanshu ,great
lazzzyyy_girl: in loooveeee with bullet raja ..............!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
karthik_jammy: Jimmy Sheirgill Rocks!!! :P RT @IamRissh: Bullet Raja is such an amazing movie. -_-
KarismaZulkifli: bullet raja funny hahaha
jdadrwal: Nice movie by saif ali khan bullet raja
Jaisngh265Kumar: Bullet raja boom movie yaae .......very very thanks tigmanshu dhuliya.....
itsraviranjan: Bullet Raja. Fucking awesome.... Tigmashu Dhulia has done it again...... Way to go....:)
idrrajdeep: Spectacular action,crackling dialogues & intense Saif made Bullett Raja an enjoyable watch.Wish the script was more coherent.
IamRissh: Bullet Raja is such an amazing movie. -_-
iamnishantgoel: Bullett_Raja is awesone movie. Saif with his rocking performance.. Don't miss.... #bullettraja
iAdityachauhan: Watched Bullet Raja today!! Nice movie to watch, nthin like waste of time. Few things i liked in movie:- ~Gimmy... https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=672639596100526&id=100000634754641
HornOKTata: Not a fan of political dramas or action but quite liked Bullett Raja. Has a bit of everything, including humour. Fast paced too.
FeverMovies: Sanjay Khanduri: Tigmanshu’s BULLETT RAJA is a perfect mix of entertainment and grunge – News http://twitter.com/FeverMovies/status/406677586539188224/photo/1
ddcajay: I Like Movie Bullet Raja
ChickenBiryanii: Bullet Raja is 3.5 out of 5
ChaudharyImran2: Bullet Raja seeming to be a promising movie.
Bollywoodoholic: Bullet Raja has content! not a great movie but definitely a good one time watch!
bhargavdave21: Humka pasand aayi #BulletRaja @Bullett_Raja
BeingHerPikachu: In between Exams we always find time to watch a movie. Watched Bullet Raja today. Was a good movie
babwire87: Bullet raja good movie at least watch it for the fresh script and amazing dialogues and amazing timing :)
babumoshoy: 'Bullett Raja' is a milestone film with best pairing ever that sees the coming together of Bollywood's largest foreheads.
azeem2112: Loved bullet raja, tigmanshu doesn't disappoint commercial entertainer
AviRaina: Watched Bullet Raja last night. Pretty entertaining. Next week's Rajkumar and then end the year with Dhoom.
ashishjha_aj: Asm movie Bullet Raja
anupam_80: Bhai kisi aur ko bhi Bullet Raja pasand aayee kya? or I am alone.
Amankum71266121: Bullet raja movie nice hai
9179Rohit: Supppperrrrrrbbbbbb #bullet raja.
123SUMITGO: Bullet Raja- entrainment dhamal..
WonderPhool: Bullet raja is not great, but good one time watch..screw u critics , every movie can't be pan singh tomar.
vineet_chugh: Saif Jimmy camaraderie and few good dialogues make Bullet Raja a time pass one time watch. It's Dhulia's weakest film so far though.
saket22: Watched Bullet Raja... 1time watch...
rathod_hiren: Bullet Raja is an ok ok movie... Had great expectations out of it as it was a Tigmanshu Dhulia Movie.
rahulgrover88: Bullet Raja one time watch . 2.5 stars from movie .
nileshdujari: #bullet raja could have been better
nazmitec14: Bullet raja is an average movie.. Could have been better... 3.5 star
imemainsarvesh: Bullet Raja average movie.......but dialogues are awesome......
Yepicurious: So, Bullet Raja was pretty bad.
vijaykhannato: bullet raja to ab flop ki taraf jaa rhi hai 7 on 1st day
vasisht11: What the fuck Tigmanshu ?!..Did your gaand make Bullet Raja ?? Not expected from a director like you !!..
vahivarun: Avoid Bullet Raja.
utkarsh1087: #Bullet raja...most crap movie of the year. Tigmanshu dhulia goes totaly wrong dis time. Such good actors r wasted in lack of story.
TheFrandshipMan: Bullet Raja will only burn holes in your pockets.
swechhaprakash: Saw bullet raja today and concluded that being from Lucknow is quite embarrassing
suyogyadav: Dhuliya disappointed ...its nt ur cls...u made it fr mass///##bullet raja
sudeepsengupta: Will you watch Bullet Raja again #TheAnswerWillAlwaysBeNo
SteveUnknown: No, no, no, no, no!!!! 'Bullett Raja'?!! Oh my life, why Saif, why?!!!!! What the hell did I just watch?! Saif deserves better & so do we!!!
SKSangal: Bullet Raja.... Total bakwaas....
skhatadia: Bullet Raja!!! One of the worst movie I have seen till date
sheikh_chilly: Bullet raja is crappy 70s cinema , saif a complete misfit , sonakshi is so huge she cannot fit, tigmanshu should stick to his original style
sanjaynanhi: Bullet Raja ko Dainik Jagran ne 4 star diye hain. Lagta hai Tigmanshu ki tarah ye bhi pagla gaya hai.
roshankalappa: Bullet raja is bakwas raja
romeo_roll: Bullet Raja is one of those sick movies which s worth nt wasting tym nd money. Thr were nly bullet nd It didn't seem saif as raja for sure!
nitin_bambai: Bullett raja aaye aur phir jo garmi bachi thi woh bhi chali gayi, boley toh kuch aur he they...people giving 4*s for wat?
nandiiniii: Bullet Raja -- What utter crap! #fail
Muddassarjawed: Don't watch Bullet Raja please.
mann_ka_radio: Bullet Raja.... Tigmanshu Dhulia's this bullet was not upto the mark. 2.5 stars from my side.
MananSehgal: Bullett Raja is highly disappointing movie.. Ye kya kiya Dhuliya saab?
MainKhuda: " @romeomustdiee : Bullet Raja ~~ Tigmanshu Dhulia's worst ever" Saif has a thing to get worst out of most directors
kingptd: Bullet Raja Review in marathi news paper.. Purani bottle me...purani Daru...:D
kaalicharan: Bullett Raja ― Agent Vinod trades the tuxedo for tikka, exotic Europe for UP but it's the same old story.
jpkshh: HORRIBLE MOVIE...BULLET RAJA...BORED THE AUDIENCES TO DEATH...
JholPunter: Bullet Raja dekhne ke baad ehsas hua ki Agent Vinod dekh kar logon ka kya haal hua hoga #Bakwas
iamkelkar: Bullet Raja 2 stars from side #BulletRaja
hitesh255: BuLLeT Raja.. FuLtu entertaining..
GrumbleBee_: Bullet Raja was quite disappointing.
grasshopperseve: Bullet Raja: Nothing so RAJA about it. http://pkverdicts.blogspot.com/2013/11/bullet-raja-nothing-so-raja-about-it_29.html
graffy_vibhav: Bullet raja....shitty movie :/
gomtesh_upadhye: bullet raja. we left theatre like a bullet. could not sit for even 45 mins. Tigmanshu wtf.
geetababes: Very happy bullet raja is a flop
FebWin: I would take a bullet for you, but I wouldn't take Bullett Raja for you.
Durgeshkoshish: Bullet Raja 2*
CrazyCoolSachin: Bullett raja was not good... Nt much entertaining as xpected.... Only watch it for saif n sonakshi...
chirag_79253: #Bullet Raja Not a good movie
chandansahoo: Bullet Raja is the worst movie I have seen in recent times. Pls do not watch. Zero star
bisprad: Bullett Raja beats Ram Leela to the most HORRIBLE movie of 2013. The only charitable thing about it was Vidyut Jamwal's cameo
AnjunaRulz: iRate: Bullet Raja 1.5/5
amol_jadhav199: Third class movie #bullet raja
Alllahdin: Kya chutiyapa tha ye Bullet Raja.
abmathur: Saw bullet raja yesterday....erratic up traditions n political drama shown....didnt lyk d movie though...
Want to Watch, by Anuj
Want to Watch, by Sam Torres : I have not seen it yet
Want to Watch, by TimELiebe : Saif Ali Khan & Jimmy Sheirgill, song&dances&gunplay? Yes, Please! :)
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Anup : U Cant excape this........
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Kedar Lasane : Interesting Story.Nice Acting by Sonakshi
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Veerappan
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