wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?) - Unless you are in the "I love Sallu" sect
The post Salman cost is then spent on action. What then remains is for the rest of the cast and crew. And I wouldn't be surprised if the script was a donation by an unskilled well-wisher.Read more
When you are sitting in a multiplex and the other 559 people in the theater are whistling away to glory at each movement of the star in the film, especially the male one, you know the film's target audience. And this was not restricted to the first few minutes of the film, it continued at regular intervals through to the end. So, the Salman-followers can stop reading here and head for the theater, it's waiting to echo with your whistles.
For the rest of us lesser-mortals, there ain't much going on there. It’s the gang war routine. One kills the other kills the third and so on. And a couple of turns along the way. The story is as random, unbelievable and a crazy as one could expect. Yet, the dialogues can keep you going for a while, there are some really funny lines here and there.
Salman Khan has his style accompanied by the one-expression-says-it-all expression. Of course, slo-mo entries add to the spunk, as if there was any lacking. Then there's Ayesha Takia trying to cope with the speed of the film. I don't know what it is with her or maybe her image - she just doesn't fit in the typical masala role. Not to mention her wardrobe reminds me of the weird stuff doing the rounds in the 90s. And despite this, she does look really good over and above her warmth in some scenes. That one I'd give full credit to the extra layers of makeup.
Also the lady can't dance. I actually felt bad for her. She was hardly ever dancing WITH Salman in the same frame. The sequence cut to her doing some simple steps every once in a while. Fair enough, not every actor need to know how to do Prabhu Deva steps. But if they can, its sheer pleasure to watch them. I was in awe of Salman and the choreographer while the first song was playing. Pure delight.
Then there's the romantic thread. It has a certain quality about it, but since it doesn't go too deep, you couldn't care too much for either forming in the pair or the pair as an entity. And I guess that's not the intention either. Wanted is merry at the surface, then why would it want to go deeper?
There must have been a swearing in ceremony for the cast and crew - "I swear on the XXX, I shall not take myself seriously." I think a similar clause applies when you buy your ticket. Me? Well, I'm not star-crazy, so I wouldn't understand the mania. But it was fun watching what people enjoy.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Prathna Tiwari, Bolly Spice : ...Original writer Puri Jaganath is credited for the third time for his sensational script and if Puri is getting a bit from every blockbuster made out of his script, he's surely a rich man by now and even more so with Wanted now anticipated to carry on the Pokiri legacy. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes : ...Prabhudheva’s passion for choreography comes live onscreen as four dance directors (Raju Sundaram, Vaibhavi Merchant, Rajiv Surti) make Salman groove like never before... full review
Thumbs up, Indicine : ...No story, no logic. There is a twist in the tale, which does surprise but as the performances, action sequences and visuals dominate, the writing is below average.... full review
Thumbs up, by Ankit Ojha, Planet Bollywood : ...Vijayan Master’s well-choreographed action sequences really provide the required impact that should be given to the audience, with each stunt given a perfect look and feel. ... full review
So-So, by N K Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice : ...given that ‘Wanted’ is no cerebral challenge to its viewers, but just a harmless, full-on masala entertainer, a viewer can flush these flaws down with cola and corns.... full review
So-So, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...A shrewd, old-fashioned entertainer that plays to the galleries, Wanted is exaggerated and formulaic, but relies squarely on the charm of its leading man to pull off its over-the-top tone. ... full review
So-So, by Ashok Nayak, Now Running.com : ...Wanted is a mixed bag; the action sequences are great and so are the performances but the runtime, music, half-baked love angle and a lot more ensures it falls way short of expectations.... full review
Thumbs down, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...Admittedly, despite being over-age for such a role, Khan exudes a roguish charm. He may not even make an attempt to act, but has immense screen presence.... full review
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A contract killer (Salman Khan) is willing to do anything for anyone as long as there's good money involved. He breaks bones, splatters blood, and kills in style. Also he falls in love with sweet and simple Janvi (Ayesha Takia).