Salman Khan. Randeep Hooda, Jackie Shroff, Disha Patani.
First and foremost, let us all applaud Salman Khan for doing something that the majority of filmmakers are refraining from doing – releasing their big guns of streaming platforms. While Sooryavanshi and 83 are still getting postponed, Salman Khan released his film, taking a significant cut in the returns but doing what’s the need of the hour. However, their trade modus operandi is the only thing that sets Radhe apart. Everything else you will find in the film is either inspired from another film, copied from another film or shared with another film.
To begin with, Radhe as you might recollect is originally from WANTED. The look and the feel of the film is very similar to that of Salman Khan from that film, however, nothing else of the 2009 film is incorporated. Radhe (Salman Khan) is a recluse brought back on duty to stop a heartless drug dealer Rana (Randeep Kapoor). Rana has been on a killing rampage. He is merciless and looks very similar to how he looked in Sam Hargrave’s Extraction. Let’s not completely blame Randeep for it, because his look coincides with that of the baddie in Outlaw. Now you will ask me, what’s that? Outlaw is the Korean film from which Radhe is inspired. Remember, how I said Radhe is a film which insisted on incorporating something or another from other films so, the script as you understand is taken from Outlaw. However, when Prabudeva finished with it, neither the Koreans nor you would manage to find the similarity in the story, though the scenes and the framing look photocopied.
Because Prabhudeva had to involve Disha Patani in the film. Diya as she is called in the film is Salman’s love interest. Her presence assures some random dialogues and few songs where she looks dazzling and then disappears into the thin script.
The story-line is so compromised that you cannot help but feel shortchanged as a Bhai-fan. No, Prabhudeva it is not enough to just see Salman Khan onscreen, there has to be more. Yes, he is not a great dancer so why give him a song like that of Allu Arvind’s Seeti Maar and picturize it so badly? The same goes with Dil De Diya featuring Jacqueline Fernandes. The one thing Prabhudeva should get right in his film is the choreography one would think.
So what is good in Radhe? The highlight of the film is the confrontation scenes between Radhe and Rana. Salman and Randeep have fantastic chemistry. Something they started KICK (2014) and continued in SULTAN (2016). Unfortunately, the two ham away to glory killing the audience’s anticipation from the word go. Still, the two, despite the hamming, are the best part of the film which should give you an idea about the calibre of entertainment Radhe brings. There is a lot of action in the film, which clearly didn’t have much of a budget, because the CG is worse than it was in Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani (2002) or perhaps most of the CG concentrated on ensuring Salman Khan’s hair looks unruffled throughout the fight sequences.
Yet Radhe isn’t all boring, there are some Salman Khan-esque dialogues and scenes which might be enough for a Bhai fan. After all Bhai-fans are not a demanding lot, they are usually happy with just seeing him onscreen. Yet, it is 4years since we had a really good film outta Khan (Tiger Zinda Hai included) and it is really not fair to dole out such mediocre content every Eid. Here’s hoping the message reaches the man himself. WE DESERVE BETTER.