Wanted is huge, both for Salman Khan and the industry still recovering from the disastrous first half of the year. With Salman going all out marketing the action flick, directed by Prabhu Deva, the hype is immense. But with hype comes expectations, does Team Wanted manage to live up…?
Frankly, Wanted lacks a gripping storyline.. It's just a plot written to accommodate those numerous action sequences. Here is a brief.. Radhe (Salman Khan), a hardcore criminal works for an international gangster Gani Bhai (Prakash Raj). With the crime in the city of Mumbai increasing by the day, police officer Ashraf Khan (Govind Namdeo) is hell bent on cleaning the city. Janhvi (Ayesha Takia), a young pretty girl, falls in love with Radhe. What unfold are loads of action with a touch of romance..
Wanted is a mixed bag; the action sequences are great and so are the performances but the runtime, music, half-baked love angle and a lot more ensures it falls way short of expectations.
While the music is below average, it's the songs that prove to be sleeping pills and Salman Khan dancing around trees is hard to digest. Bollywood is desperately in need of younger 'superstars'.
There is one surprise in store though, the top acting honor should undoubtedly go to Prakash Raj who is outstanding in what sadly was a role limited to the later portions of the second half. Wanted though is a Salman Khan movie and the actor delivers a knockout performance. An act that should silence his critics. His body language, style, dialogue delivery all spot on for a change. Ayesha Takia has nothing to do, the others are okay.
To sum up, Wanted works in parts and mainly due Salman Khan. Scenes involving Prakash Raj are also amongst the highlights of this lengthy action masala entertainer.
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