Bodyguard (2011) – Review
While the promos and trailers of the movie had tagged Bodyguard to be a comedy the actual movie changed the perception. Lately Kareena and Salman have mostly done comedy, but this is different. Salman always has had the macho physique and in this movie he is actually showing it the right way, in the way that everyone wants to see him, but with the label of a bodyguard. You might remember Salman Khan in his earlier movies had those soft romantic roles, and this film plays with the same in a very different way keeping Bollywood formulas in mind which should appeal to Hindi movie fans. In short Bodyguard is a perfect family movie that entertains and complements the spirit of this festive season. Many people say that it is a combination of all SRK movies and the end is taken from an English movie, but to me it’s a cute love story.
The movie starts with flesh trade related crime and men fighting to save girls. A lot of people try fighting the criminals but when no one succeeds, the matter is taken to Sartaj (Raj Babbar) and through him, Lovely Singh (Salman Khan) is nominated to fight the good fight. When it comes to punctuality and performing his duties, no one can be compared to Lovely Singh who takes great pride in what he does and gives it his all.
As the intro, the title song is played with Katrina featuring in it. I was expecting to find Katrina in one whole song but she was actually found in the last few minutes of the song, which was brief, but good, and the dances were eye catching. Katrina in the whole movie was mentioned about four times (Salman had to give preference to his own lady!) in some way through a picture, song or just by mention of her name.
Lovely is assigned to bodyguard Divya (Kareena Kapoor) the daughter of Sartaj, a business tycoon. Lovely is instructed to accompany her everywhere she goes but she finds him a big obstacle in leading a regular campus life. So she comes up with a master plan to take him off -track by trapping him in a fake love affair.
She starts talking to him and becomes his secret admirer and expresses her feelings unintentionally to him which turns into an uncertain love. Lovely however bees the nutcrack and falls in love with the anonymous lover calls. With all these changes in his life, Lovely turns into a different person and Divya savours the freedom for herself. Then things take an unexpected turn and they fall in love with each other. They find themselves trapped in this web and they are not acquainted with each other in this case. The sweet tale gets a completely unexpected and shocking pre-climax. The script had a lot that could be emoted and the two actors grabbed the opportunities with both hands more or less.
Bodyguard is a remake of a Malayalam film which has all the trappings of a perfect masala film action, music, comedy but Bodyguard is essentially a love story at heart. The first half of the movie may give the feel of an action flick but in the second half the director gives it the form of a love story. The action in the second half was outstanding especially the moment when Salman’s shirt rips off and his ripped muscles can be seen. The twist in the tale is a complete shocker because no one expected such a dramatic change. The most shocking thing seen was that the voice over on the phone was done by Karisma Kapoor, and more than half of the movie was supported by her voice but as such it was not acknowledged, and if it was, it was negligible at best and should have been highlighted more.
Salman’s look has been mentioned a lot but Kareena Kapoor is looking stunning as always. Designer Manish Malhotra pulled it off well with the variations of shalwar kameez in cool bright colours. Fewer Western clothes were used and all trendy elements of the season were found in her outfits. The soundtrack of the movie was suitable for the genre and is quite likeable. On the whole Bodyguard is a movie to watch because of the captivating story and the chemistry between the lead actors. Although some people won’t like it, Bodyguard is said to have struck gold at the box-office and is a must watch – Faiz Rohani