BOTTOM LINE: A Bullet That’s Way off-Target
Rating: 1 /10
Skin N Swear: Several Sequences With Strong Language and on-Screen Intimacy
|Platform: MX Player||Genre: Action, Thriller, Drama|
What Is the Story About?
Sunil Korade, the son of a corrupt politician Hemant Korade, is killed the very night his pub has a lavish launch party. Sunil’s Canadian girlfriend Tina and a mysterious woman Lolo flee the crime scene as the cops launch an investigation into the murder. With enough evidence to establish Tina and Lolo’s link to the incident, the female duo is on the run and ultimately reaches a lodge in Goa to seek refuge. However, this does little to distract the cops or Hemant’s loyal henchman Ketu who are after their lives. Lolo’s leaving no stone unturned to prove Hemant’s connection with an arms deal scam too. Where does this chase lead them to?
It doesn’t take much intelligence to realize that the makers are least interested in the performative skills of their lead actors Karishma Tanna and Sunny Leone. The actors make little effort to prove otherwise or give any meaning/purpose to their roles, seeming rather while content only flaunting their bodies and costumes. The once-famous Deepak Tijori is reduced to an unintentionally humorous role of a henchman – one only feels sorry for him and the ways of an industry that is conveniently forgetful about its past.
Amaan Khan has a long way to go before he calls himself an actor. He struggles in his cop avatar here, with his fierce and the righteous side to the role lacking in authenticity and conviction. Vivek Vaswani has nothing memorable to do in a part where he appears too tired and bored to utter lines like ‘maar do’, ‘khatam kar do’ every second sequence. Shawn Aranha is deplorable in his brief role while Areez Gandhi is just about passable.
Bullets is a joke of a crime thriller whose only intent is to provide a few cheap thrills with an excuse of a frail storyline. The women at the forefront have a murder charge against them, with attempts from every end to kill them, but their only concern is about the luxury car they would hop onto, the dress they would wear for the next party. This show focuses more on their physique, objectifies them and doesn’t care to lend their characterisation even an ounce of intelligence. All you notice are people who’re high, done-to-death Punjabi rap numbers, steamy lovemaking as the women try to unravel the truth behind an international conspiracy.
It’s a show where the two protagonists who run away from the crime scene do catwalks with bikinis, relax at a pool, sip a glass of wine as if they were on a holiday at the Caribbean and also make time to discuss the spiciness of a missal paav. It’s a show where the women have enough time to pack their suitcases with beachwear and party-wear (that would last an eternity) in an hour when their existence isn’t certain. It’s a show where a majority of the men are either perverts or baddies who do murky underworld deals.
The show makes a complete mockery of the functioning of the police force. The methods that the women employ to bypass the security personnel of a famed cabinet minister are truly a joke on the audience. The supposedly-humourous sequence about homosexuals is done in poor taste. Characters enter and leave the show as they please, there’s no sense of continuity between episodes and the two-hour run-time feels torturous.
Well, you don’t expect a Sacred Games out of a show that stars Sunny Leone and Karishma Tanna in the lead, but at least give us a popcorn entertainer that does something more than celebrating their toned bodies? The digital medium serves little purpose if the same-old trash at the cinemas finds its way to the small screen. There’s more to creative freedom than expletives and sex after all.
Music and Other Departments?
The background score by Dharm, Sandeep and Laxmikant Funde lacks any sense of urgency that we expect from a thriller. The songs are merely rehashed and reworked from the many party tracks in Bollywood films in the recent years with random rap elements thrown in. Arvind Singh’s cinematography has a sense of lavishness at places but has little appeal in a show with an incoherent narrative. The edits are all over the place, the jumps from scene-to-scene are too sudden and random. Devang Dholakia fails both as a writer and a director and doesn’t infuse any thrill or meaning into the sequences. The detailing is equally shoddy.
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