Harleen (Katrina) is a receptionist at Bank of Shimla. Leading a dull life, she has a more boring life than her grandmother’s. In an attempt to find love, she signs up for a blind date on an Internet dating website. At her date, she meets Rajvir (Hrithik) – gorgeous, sensitive and sweet, by the time she develops a crush on him, he is shooting down people and people hurling bullets at him.
Harleen is stuck with him where she can’t return because people think she is an alias of an international criminal. Rajvir has stolen the Kohinoor diamond from London and everyone from the Indian police to the international police to the crimelord smuggler, terrorist Omar (Danny) everyone is on the lookout for him. Harleen reluctantly accompanies him and finds herself brisking from one mess to another. Will they survive this Bang Bang is what the film retells.
Director Siddharth Anand (who had earlier directed films like ANJAANA ANJAANI, BACHNA AE HASEENO, TARA RA RUM PUM and SALAAM NAMASTE) has made a sleek action packed adventure with BANG BANG. One has to applaud him for making the film that seems to be a perfect blend of grandeur and style. The film’s story travels through Prague, Thailand and Greece amongst other countries and the idea was to keep a non-compromising approach on the scale of the film while giving the story its due.Even though he has made this film for the masses and classes alike, one thing is for sure that BANG BANG has really turned out to be escapist cinema at its best!
Hrithik Roshan makes absolutely no mistakes in getting his act together. There’s no denying the fact that he plays the perfect Bollywood hero in this film,who can dance effortlessly, fight in style and charm the audiences. But what one really needs to applaud is the way he carries the film on his shoulders. No wonder then, he is the driving force of the film, on which the film can ‘bang’ upon! We have seen him in his stylized action avatar in DHOOM 2. His role in BANG BANG seems to be a hundred notches ahead of what he did in DHOOM 2. On the other hand, Katrina Kaif (who had been paired with Hrithik Roshan earlier as well in ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA) supports him well as the leading lady. Overall, she plays her funny quirky character decently. Danny Denzongpa has a small but strong role as the main villain of the film. The other actors like Pawan Malhotra, Javed Jaffrey and Jimmy Sheirgill are decent.
The flip side of the film,however, is that its pace remains inconsistent. There are points where the film runs very slow but catches up with the action sequences that follow. Add to that, there are certain scenes in the film which go onto defy logic and even common understanding!
While the writing (Sujoy Ghosh, Suresh Nair) is average, the beautiful visuals of the film definitely arrest the audience’s attention. There are places where the film’s screenplay seem to falter at times, but the performances of the lead actors more than make up for these petty flaws. Ditto for the film’s dialogues (Abbas Tyrewala), even though there aren’t any path breaking one liners, there are certain quirky lines that are smartly used.
The film’s action sequences are bound to take your breath away. And there is just one person to be credited for this and he is none other than the Hollywood action director Andy Armstrong of The Amazing Spiderman 2 fame. He has indeed lived upto the hype and the expectations that were attached with BANG BANG. Some of the most remarkable action scenes in the film include Hrithik Roshan driving a F1 car, performing water-skiing after being tied to a sea-plane and doing the death-defying fly board stunts.