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'Radhe' Review: Outdated And Cliched Masala

'Radhe' Review: Outdated And Cliched Masala

Movie: Radhe - Your Most Wanted Bhai 
Rating: 1.5/5
Banner:
ZEE Studios and SKP
Cast: Salman Khan, Disha Patani, Jackie Shroff, Randeep Hooda, Govind Namdev, Megha Akash, Sudhanshu Panday, Bharath, and others
Screenplay, Dialogue: AC Mugil, Vijay Maurya
Music: Sajid-Wajid, Devi Sri Prasad, Himesh Reshammiya
Cinematography: Ayananka Bose
Editor: Ritesh Soni
Producers: Salma Khan, Sohail Khan
Directed by: Prabhudeva
Release Date: May 13, 2021
Streaming on: ZEE5, ZeePlex

Releasing a film in theaters on Eid is a tradition that Salman Khan religiously follows. He couldn’t enthrall his fans in 2020 due to lockdown.

Even now, we are in the same situation of being in lock-down but Salman Khan has decided to release it directly on Zee5 and ZeePlex in India and theaters overseas despite the pandemic situation.

“Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai” starring Salman Khan is the first big Bollywood release since March 2020. It is streaming now. Let’s analyze.

Story:
Suspended cop Radhe (Salman Khan) is brought in for a special purpose. A new mission has been assigned to him to tackle the drug menace in Mumbai.

As the school children are falling prey to drug abuse, Radhe takes the job of cleaning. The drug mafia is headed by Rana (Randeep Hooda).

How Radhe achieves his mission is the rest of the story? When not bashing up baddies, he is seen romancing his boss’ sister Diya (Disha Patani).

Artistes’ Performances:
After a long gap, Salman Khan looks handsome in a stylish outfit. He doesn’t exhibit the same verve he used to show earlier, still, he charms us with his screen presence. As expected, you don’t talk about performances in such action movies. 

Disha Patani plays the same role that Asin had done in ‘Ghajini’. The track between Salman Khan and Disha is silly. Randeep Hooda as a villain is terrific.

Jackie Shroff as Salman Khan’s boss is another clichéd character. The shocking part is that Jackie appears in a sleeveless gown to dance with Salman Khan.

South actors Bharath ("Premisthe"), Megha Akash, and Narra Srinivas appear in brief roles.

Technical Excellence:
The film is mostly shot in Mumbai during the lockdown period. Many sequences are filled with deserted roads.

Cinematographer Ayananka Bose captured the city’s locations beautifully. It has a rich visual texture. Except for Devi Sri Prasad’s “Seetimaar” remix, all the songs are dull. 

Action stunts are excellent. Korean action choreographer is said to have composed them. 

Highlights:
Action Sequences
Salman Khan

Drawback:
Lousy writing
Formulaic sequences
Template directionCliched story line   
Disha Patani’s romantic track

Analysis
Salman Khan and director Prabhudeva had earlier delivered a massive hit, “Wanted”, which was based on the Telugu blockbuster “Pokiri”.

The successful duo is back with “Radhe- Your Most Wanted Bhai”, which mostly follows the template of Salman Khan’s movies.

Partly based on the Korean action drama “The Outlaws” (2017), the action drama has excessive violence, endless fights, and little entertainment. 

You don’t expect much logic or story from Salman Khan’s Ramzan releases but some of his biggest hits like “Wanted”, and “Dabangg” had offered paisa vasool moments, plenty of entertainment, and enjoyable moments. 

However, “Radhe” mainly suffers from poor writing. The scenes are woven together randomly showing the little progression of the story.

After one fight sequence, we get a sudden distraction in the form of Disha Patani, who played the role of Diya. Then a song appears, another fight sequence comes, and another romantic sequence, the cycle goes on. The chemistry between Salman Khan and Disha is ineffective.

There is no entertainment in the film. Even the so-called one-liners that Salman Khan mouths are the repetition of Prabhudeva and Salman Khan’s “Wanted”. 

But the action stunts composed by Korean director Myeonghaeng and ‘KGF’ fame Anbariv are the best part. They are stylish and raw. 

Salman Khan offers some “seetimaar” sequences with his stylish charisma and dialogues to his fans, but Prabhadeva’s tacky narration doesn’t make an engaging watch for those of you who watched on digital platforms.

“Radhe” is clichéd and formulaic to the core and turns into a bore by the time we reach to the silly and over-the-top climax. 

Bottom-line: Unwanted

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