Bollywood movie Wanted has none of the charm that made its Tamil ancestor Pokiri a watchable movie for us when it debuted in January 2007.
Pokiri was tolerable for us because of South Indian hero Vijay’s decent efforts, some nice music and our desperation those days for a watchable Tamil movie
Alas, Wanted has nothing going for it even though it shares the same director (Prabhudeva) and villain (Prakash Raj) with Pokiri.
Same Story, Different Results
At 44, Salman Khan looks too old for this kind of young action hero role.
Worse, the aging, balding bachelor seems to put little effort into his performance these days going by the finished product.
Salman can’t dance. His acting is below par. The music in his recent movies is plain awful.
Bottomline, the fella would be doing everyone a favor if he’d only retire and count his paisa.
But the bloke refuses to do that and continues to hound the audience with one trashy movie after another.
Salman’s recent movies God Tussi Great Ho, Yuvvraaj and now Wanted are all bereft of even the most basic artistic elements.
Following the Pokiri story, Salman Khan is cast as a thug beating and killing rivals.
In Wanted, blood and gore are his constant companions. The stunt scenes are the crude nonsense that one is subjected to usually in Tamil movies.
It’s sad that Bollywood has succumbed to the drivel of one-man beating to pulp a dozen guys that it eschewed a while ago.
Sure, there’s a twist. But since we were aware of it, it did little for us.
Further, Vinod Khanna’s performance in the crucial encounter with Doni Gani (Prakash Raj) was hideously bad. Nasser and Prakash Raj handled the same confrontation far better in Pokiri.
Ayesha Takia plays our hero’s love interest.
Ayesha, like most of her Bollywood peers, wouldn’t be able to spell acting if her life depended on it.
Not surprisingly, the camera focuses on her ample bosom on more than one occasion. By the way, Ayesha’s bathycolpian figure put us off given her slim contours.
Not a single song in Wanted has any merit.
Just mediocre stuff. As for the picturization of the songs, let’s not even go on that dirty track.
Waste Not Your Money or Time
Overall,Wanted is a piece of trash, the kind that Salman Khan has specialized in delivering lately.
Folks, think not twice. If any movie deserves the heave-ho, it’s Wanted.
By all means, show it the middle finger and you’re the winner for it.