Radhe movie rating: 1.5 / 5 stars (one and a half stars)
Featured actors: Salman Khan, Disha Patani, Jackie Shroff, Megha Akash, Siddhartha Jadhav, Arjun Kanungo
What is good: If you just decide to skip this and watch Wanted instead, this would be the best option right now (besides getting the shot)
What is bad: Screenplay, performances (apart from Randeep), background music, dialogues, VFX, storytelling, existence
Loo break: Oh! You will have plenty of opportunities to lighten the load (which you ultimately get from the movie)
Watch or not ?: The first person to guess what my answer to this would be would have the chance to use the remaining four hours of watching Radhe on my ZeePlex account (they could watch the movie twice during that time)
Rana (Randeep Hooda), as the drug lord of bada in Mumbai, tries to expand her network by reaching hot spots in the city. In a meeting, the cops discuss how they’ll need someone to stop this, between suspended cop Radhe (Salman Khan). They revoke his suspension to clean up the city, and for some reason I wish the scene had created more impact with “gaadi wala aaya ghar se kachra nikal” playing in the background.
Radhe is now the man with a mission (but not a missionary). Enter Diya (Disha Patani), model and sister of Radhe’s boss, Avinash (Jackie Shroff). She sits right where Radhe is and is stupid enough to believe anything he says (ahh! The sweet taste of irony). Radhe, with the help of local gangs, reaches Rana for a final confrontation. Don’t tell me you didn’t know this was going to happen (or you would like to know what will happen next).
Radhe Movie Review: Script Analysis
As I decoded the formula in my trailer review, the story unfolds exactly like this – brings a problem (drugs into the city), introduces the problem solver (Radhe), problem solved. The bad thing is that predictability isn’t even close to being the worst thing. It’s not even Salman Khan who flies his SUV straight into the helicopter “in the air” to hit the bad guys. Catastrophe is the idea behind creating all of this at a time when the viewer has access to a bunch of better content than this.
I’ve been a fan of the Salman animators and my past reviews will tell you (except Race 3), but it’s still Race 3. Based on Kang Yoon-sung’s South Korean film The Outlaws, the script for Radhe is messed up by AC Mugil and Vijay Maurya. The “ celebrating the character ” sequences are as forced as the existence of the main lady in the film. There’s one really hilarious scene where Jackie Shroff is dancing while wearing Disha Patani’s sexy dress with Salman Khan, but it made me realize how much this is the one situation I wouldn’t want to be Tiger Shroff.
Ayananka Bose’s cinematography is roughly suited to the chaotic storyline but lacks score due to her weak substance. Editor Ritesh Soni comes across as the hero of the film by limiting the length of the film to just 114 minutes, and if you skip it, it’s just a little over 100 minutes. I’m still not saying he got rid of the mess perfectly; I’m just saying he relieved the pain by keeping it short. Also, what was the dubbing? Many dialogues are not properly synchronized with the lips, giving you the vibrations of the VCD player.
Radhe Movie Review: Performance Star
Salman Khan is stuck in the loop of being a star when the content around him actually favors the actors. He still holds the charm, but sadly, that’s not enough to intrigue audiences living outside of his loop. Hope this is the moment when he looks back and sees how even a sub par Bharat & Tubelight is miles ahead as a movie than this one and Race 3.
Randeep Hooda, straight out of the Extraction, falters due to the weakness of the character arc. Yet the efforts to make a scene special by simply being visible there and greatly appreciated when there is so much wrong going on. The blank stares and creepy smiles give his character a quirky touch making him stand out from the crowd.
Disha Patani doesn’t even try to justify her presence. It’s so boring that the creators included her character just for the glamor quotient that amazes her limitlessly. Jackie Shroff’s face did a better job in Hello Charlie compared to what he’s doing here.
Radhe Movie Review: Director, Music
Prabhudheva treats this like any of his other movies (without a cameo of him dancing with the main star). While performing the treatment done to death, Prabhu once again fails to recreate the magic Wanted, Rowdy Rathore. Serving a particular target group is quite acceptable, but with it, manufacturers even take them for granted.
Sanchit Balhara’s background score is roughly in the box, smashing recommended levels of decibel consumption. None of the songs click, not because they weren’t good, but I uploaded them because… (read the music review here and kids, that’s how you plug in the content).
Radhe Movie Review: The Last Word
All is said and done; if this is what sold on behalf of the artists, i would like to change my order for boring movies, please. This should probably be the last film to focus on “just” the solo heroes of Salman Khan (cut until 2022… Radhe: Your Most Wanted 3 Bhai).
A star and a half!
Radhe releases May 14, 2021.
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