Bodyguard (2011) (Hindi Movie / Bollywood Film / Indian Cinema DVD)
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Lovely Singh (Salman Khan) is the bodyguard of Sartaj Rana's (Raj Babbar) daughter Divya Rana (Kareena Kapoor). He is very devoted to his duties but irritates her all the time by following her everywhere. Consequently, Divya and her friend (Hazel Keech) call Lovely and start a prank love affair. Lovely starts loving the mystery person but doesn't realizes that it is Divya (who also falls in love with him) who was behind all of this. Sartaj Rana suspects him and Divya to be in love and sends criminals to kill him in case his lover turns out to be Divya. Sensing this, Divya sends her friend to Lovely to tell him her true identity. In a twist, it is revealed that the friend is also in love with Lovely. She falsely accepts that she is her strange lover. They marry and have a child. She dies early and reveals to her son about her fraud and asks him to unite Lovely and Divya.
Remake of a Malayalam film, Bodyguard (2010)- Siddique (the original director) will also direct the remake, Also having star like Salman ,, who's previous hits like DabanggIn India, the lm opened to a phenomenal response at the box office and packed cinema halls, ""witnessing 100% occupancy across shows"", according to The Economic Times. BoxOfficeIndia.com sorted that ""Bodyguard has smashed all records"" and the film went on to become the highest opener of all time across India, grossing 21.25 crore (US$4.74 million), thus breaking the record of Dabangg (2010). The film grossed an additional 17.25 crore (US$3.85 million) and 13.25 crore (US$2.95 million) on its second and third day respectively, bringing the total nett collections to 52 crore (US$11.6 million). On its fourth day of release, it netted around 14.75 crore (US$3.29 million), and 18.75 crore (US$4.18 million) on its fifth day, taking the total nett collection over the extended five day weekend to 85.50 crore (US$19.07 million). The film continued its successful run at the box office netting 8.58 crore (US$1.91 million) on its sixth day of release. --www.platform47.comSee all Editorial Reviews
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He plays the character 'Lovely Singh' - a dedicated Bodyguard, with great strength & fighting skills, who owes his life to a rich/respected man named 'Sartaj Rana'. She plays the character 'Divya Rana' - the Daughter of 'Sartaj', she attends college and doesn't want a bodyguard but unknown to her she is a target.
The information I've seen indicates this movie did well in India (mostly based on the Star power of these 2 main actors and good songs - the background theme music is very good).
The first 2/3 of the movie is silly humor, but the 3 songs/dances in that first part are good (contemporary in look/sound) and seem primarily for Salman Khan (the first song includes a 1:25 short cameo by Katrina Kaif). The several fight scenes are well done even though over-the-top as usual (almost as impressive as 'Dabangg'). The large side-kick guy character didn't click with me, just seemed a little obnoxious.
In the last 3rd of the movie, the story/characters get better. The remaining music video "Teri Meri" was really good/powerful, and has a better balance of Kareena Kapoor and Salman Khan (still can't get this song out of my head, Shreya Ghoshal has a really beautiful/pure voice - her singing is also great in movies like "Vivah"). The final fight scene is long, skillfully edited with good visual/audio effects, and brutal (but unique enough & well done).
The movie's ending (last 10 minutes) can seem a little odd or hard to believe, with the time sequence jumping around, but it worked for me.
Over-all the cinematography has good sharpness, lighting, color, & scenes (although no special/exotic locations). The editing is usually good, especially in the fight scenes. The Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio is very good, with lots of action in the back speakers.
But the DVD quality has slight noticeable compression, because even though 'Reliance Entertainment' did use anamorphic format they unfortunately squeezed it onto a single layer DVD disc
(only using 4.2 GB file space, being a shorter than typical Bollywood movie at just over 2 hours long, they crammed in Special Features:
"The Making Of 'BODYGUARD' movie", "The Making Of 'I Love You' dance", & "The Making Of 'Desi Beats' dance").
The END CREDITS have some 'out-take' clips shown on the left side of the screen (and some samples of the 'Teri Meri' REMIX fast tempo song version), and the "Making Of" also has a few funny 'out-takes'.
The first movie I saw Salman Khan in was "Marigold (2007)" with Ali Larter, which is a good Hollywood/Bollywood hybrid movie (98% English dialogue, good music/dances & nice story, it got me hooked on Bollywood). I first saw Kareena Kapoor in the movie "Khushi (2003)", which I liked a lot (very good contemporary music/dances & 'college-time' love story).
I love Bollywood, and I really wanted to like this (especially since Meri Teri is such a nice song). But it is one of those movies with ridiculous and superfluous action sequences that defy physics for no apparent reason. It wasn't even that they were overboard, there was just so much of it that it not only didn't add to the story, it slowed down the movie.
I just couldn't get into this at all, and I don't know that the average American would like it. But, if you have different tastes than me, and you're into those over-the-top action movies, you might enjoy it.
But as far as the movie goes, it has action, comedy, romance, silliness (personally I enjoy a bit of silliness now and again), some singing and dancing, and various moments of suspense. Oh, and an interesting ending - not unpleasant at all.
The movies has a very interesting twist in it towards the end , when Maya, the best friend, is supposed to go tell him the truth at the train station, but then decides she wants him for herself! I totally did not see that coming.
Love the song Teri Meri. It also has a lot of funny parts, like when Loveley goes to school with Divia and gets kicked out of class. The action scenes are cool, even if unrealistic, but that's what typical Bollywood movies are all about, unrealistic, flashy and "feel-good", I wished Hollywood would make movies like this!! Plus then there is Salman himself, what a hot guy, love his abs:)