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Bodyguard

Release Date : 31 August 2011
Year : 2011
Banner : Reel Life Entertainment Pvt Ltd , Reliance Entertainment
Producer : Atul Agnihotri , Alvira Khan Agnihotri
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Genre : Action | Romance
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Bodyguard SYNOPSIS

When it comes to being punctual and doing his duties perfectly, Lovely Singh is unmatchable. Taking great pride in what he does, he spares no effort in giving his everything to his profession.
 
Summoned for an assignment of guarding Divya, the daughter of Sartaj Rana, a business tycoon. Lovely Singh accompanies her to her campus, but ends up rubbing her the wrong way with his over-protective nature... and paranoia about security. She finds him to be a major obstacle in leading a regular campus life. To throw him off-track and get him out of the way, she comes up with a 'master-plan'- that of trapping him in a fake love affair. 'Once he's smitten by the girl of his dreams and is reveling in his new-found romance, he will leave us alone, and we shall be free to do our own thing unhindered', says Divya to her friends. 
 
She becomes an anonymous admirer of his and starts hounding him, expressing her 'feelings' in no uncertain terms. Lovely Singh however proves to be a tough nut to crack, and it takes quite a bit of doing from her side to penetrate his fort-like exterior. But once she succeeds in doing so, he transforms into a completely different person. Divya is triumphant and is all set to relish her regained freedom. 
 
But things take an unexpected turn when she learns a few things about Lovely Singh. Things that she could've never even imagined! And she soon finds herself trapped in a dilemma that she's unable to resolve! And with her, soon enough, Lovely Singh finds himself ensnared in a web of lies, trickery and deceit! 
 
Bodyguard is the story of conflict-between innocence and mischief, love and power and life and death!

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Bodyguard: All Body, No Soul?

By MovieTalkies.com, 31 August 2011 2.5 / 5

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It might be quite redundant to say this, but over the past years, Salman Khan has crafted a unique brand identity for himself, playing virtually invincible heroes, who even stretch the laws of physics, in films like 'Wanted' and 'Dabangg'. So far, they've worked well for him, with audiences lapping it all up, and indeed, begging for more. The question, though, is, how far can the grand Bhaijaan stretch his brand value and still hit gold at the box-office?

With his latest release, 'Bodyguard', Salman seems to be testing the waters to answer that question. This is a middling affair, really, with a plot that's a shade less weak than his last, 'Ready', and an action hero in bodyguard Lovely Singh who is a bit less bombastic than Chulbul Pandey in 'Dabangg'. What the film does have going for it, and this is the biggest factor in making the film a sure shot success, is the sheer screen presence that Salman brings along, as willing to beat up baddies as he is to poke fun at himself. As the ultra professional Lovely Singh, whose only request is that you don't do him any favours ('mujh pe ek ehsaan karna, ki mujh pe koi ehsaan mat karna'), Salman is at his endearing best, as much a buffoon as he is brawny, and an absolute darling for the audiences.

That said, if you're looking for a coherent plot, perhaps you should skip this one. Malayalam script writer and director, Siddique Lal, who also directed the 2010 original Southern version of the film, pens and helms this affair too. The story revolves around the heroic Lovely Singh (Salman Khan), who virtually worships a village 'rana' called Sartaj Singh (Raj Babbar) for saving his mother in an accident years ago. When Sartaj's enemies (Mahesh Manjrekar and co.) threaten the life of his daughter Divya (Kareena Kapoor), he calls upon Lovely Singh to be her titular bodyguard, even having him follow her to college to guard her. Divya, along with her friend, played by Hazel Keech, find the arrangement unbearable, and proceed to distract him from duty by calling him up from a 'private number' and pose as a girl named Chhaya, madly in love with him. While initially, Lovely is irritated by it, he soon finds himself falling in love with the voice on the phone, and when Lovely saves Divya from a bunch of villainous goons, she too gives in to true love, though Lovely still doesn't know that she is the one posing as Chhaya. However, soon, a new foe (Aditya Pancholi), enters the scene and muddies things up, only to have Lovely kick his behind right and proper. Things still aren't fine though, as Sartaj now believes that Lovely is going to elope with Divya, and goes to stop him. Cue a 'kuch kuch hota hai' twist, and Lovely and Divya get the happy ending they deserve.

If all of that sounds convoluted to you, be assured that it is. Plot-holes like why a professional like Lovely Singh gets flummoxed by a simple phone call, or why he would so easily get caught in the twist at the end are never addressed, except for notching it up to his 'innocence'. Sartaj's reason for enmity with Manjrekar & co. also go unaddressed, while the central plot about Lovely, Divya and their private number, are stretched on endlessly, just for gags. Tsunami Singh, played by debutant Rajat Rawail, is also an atrocity that the audience is 'treated' to, his brand of 'Johnny Lever' type comedy sorely outmoded and anachronistic.

However, the film's saving grace is the central pairing between Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor. While their last outing together, in 'Main Aur Mrs.Khanna' was roundly rejected by audiences, here, it works wonders, and their chemistry together is palpable on screen. While Salman is clearly in his comfort zone as Lovely Singh, Kareena too is in fine form, channelling her 'Jab We Met' charm as Divya, and looking ravishing while at it.

The same can't be said, sadly, for any of the other performances here. Raj Babbar is uniformly hammy in all scenes, while Hazel Keech is content to hang around in the background in most of her scenes with Kareena. Mahesh Manjrekar, Aditya Panscholi and others get just enough screen time here to be virtually invisible. Instead, the rotund Rajat Rawail literally hogs the screen in unfunny 'comedy' scenes that could have... no, should have been avoided.

In the technical department, the film's strength comes from its action director and Salman regular, FEFSI Vijayan, who has already picked up two Filmfare awards for his action direction in 'Wanted' and 'Dabangg'. With some super-slick action sequences, moving through slow-motion, bullet time and more, woven around the invincible Khan, Vijayan scores big here, and is in line for a third award, perhaps.

Musically too, the film is a triumph; a triumphant return for Himesh Reshammiya in to the Salman camp. While the melodious 'teri meri' could get stuck in your head, 'desi beat' and 'Bodyguard', also capture an essentially Sallu sound to great effect.

Perhaps, one can conclude, that 'Bodyguard' fails on account of a convoluted, weak script. But, with Salman Khan, and the cult of personality that he commands, as its headlining act, 'Bodyguard' is one of those inexplicable hits that you can chalk up to 'bhaijaan', what they would politely call a 'pure entertainer'. While Salman is unabashed about his focus on delivering an 'experience' rather than a story, our advice is that if you must, then ignore the story, hoot when Sallu's in action mode, and catch this one at a single screener's front row.

Get Groovy With Salman!

By MovieTalkies.com, 22 August 2011 3.5 / 5

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Another month, another Salman release. By now, Salman Khan has a patented formula for his films, casting himself in characters larger than life. With a personality that overshadows the film itself, with Bodyguard, which sees him opposite Kareena Kapoor, the mercurial Khan goes one step further, which the Sallu factor even casting a charm on the soundtrack of the film.
 
Directed by Siddique, the Bodyguard soundtrack is noteworthy, if for nothing else, then for bringing Himesh Reshammiya back into the Salman camp. After scoring numerous hits for Salman in films starting with Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya, the composer and the star had a falling out post - Tere Naam as Himesh started finding success as a singer, and forayed into acting as well. Now, when the composer-singer-actor's star is down, Salman Khan has magnanimously buried the hatchet and has invited him back to compose for Bodyguard, on which, interestingly, Pritam strikes a musical guest appearance as well, composing one track, I love you, for it.
 
With just four original tracks, the Bodyguard soundtrack doesn't offer much by way of quantity, but what works for it is the indelible Salman stamp that each track has. This is evident in the opening number itself, as the title track sees the star on vocal duties himself, along with a group called the Band of Power. Musically, the theme song of the film bears more than a passing resemblance to Ready's big hit, dhinka chika. Salman is heard mouthing his catchphrases, like mujhpe ek ehsaan karna, on the track. Though the track's opening seconds are set in a rock groove, it quickly moves into dhinka chika territory with a simple, danceable, nasik dhol based hook. The track's lyrics seem heavily self-referential for Salman, talking about his bazuon mein dum and more. Clearly targeting the masses, the number is geared towards making it a crowd favourite, and doesn't go for any flashy arrangements, and instead, keeps it simple with a couple of whistles and claps thrown in to keep with the feel. The track is reprised in a heavily overproduced remix, which just ups the beat factor to make it more pumping.
 
The second track, I love you, marks Pritam's entry onto the soundtrack, and brings Ash King along with Clinton Cerejo as back up, onto the vocals. This one is a rather staid number, with a simple, soft pop melody, and harks back to Pritam's early days in the industry, with love songs like in dino. The track is arranged with a host of reeds, harmonicas and flutes, keeping pace. The track features twice more on the album, once in a remix version whose arrangement is heavily sythesised, though the track's slow pace is retained, and once in an unplugged version that sees Shaan replacing Ash King on leads, that features some nice, clean guitarwork in the background. Though it seems a bit out of groove compared to the fast-paced numbers on the album, I love you is a nice enough song from Pritam that could be a slow starter before turning into a hit.
 
Mika Singh and Amrita Kak are on mics for desi beat, which sees Himesh sample classic Bollywood sounds on a horn section. The bhangra number is high on energy and is an instant foot-tapper. A third into the track, the sythesised beats make way for a set of dhols in the arrangement, upping the dance-floor factor. The remix of the track saves these dhols for the last minute, instead kitting the track out with a sped up syth beat to make the track even more fast-paced. However, the most authentic version of the track is the one titled desi beat (punjabi hip hop mix), which has Alam Gir Khan on male vocals instead of Mika, and features a whole load more rap than either of the first two versions, and is big on the dhol factor, and is clearly, the most enjoyable version of the number too.
 
The final number on the album is the slow-paced teri meri, which has Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Shreya Ghoshal on vocals. The track's lyrics seem to cover the basic premise of the film. Coupled with the climactic feel of the melody, the track seems to be the core theme of the film. The number has a simple, understated arrangement, with minimal beats and an almost absent rhythm section, though Rahat's sweeping vocals give the number a superb feel. This feel is more pronounced in the track's reprise, which sees Shreya take lead on the track, and is arranged more extravagantly, with an ascending orchestral string section playing through the track, just adding to the climactic sound. The theme is remixed as well, in a beat-heavy version, though the simpler version sounds, well, simply better. The track's core tune is also included as a simple, instrumental track, titled theme of Bodyguard, though the composers go electronic with the arrangement here as well. Amongst the four versions of the track, the reprise is clearly the best listen, though.
 
With just four originals, the Bodyguard soundtrack is rather short work from Himesh and Pritam. But, with some great work in tracks like teri meri and desi beat, this one is clearly worth a listen, though one wishes there had been more on offer here. The winner on the album, however, is the title track of the album, bodyguard, which one can imagine turning into another theme for Salman Khan. Our advice, pair this one with dhinka chika, and just groove away to Sallu!
 

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Bodyguard TRIVIA

Shatrughan Sinha was tipped for the role of Kareena Kapoor’s father in ‘Bodyguard’ earlier, but Sinha refused to do the film as he wanted to play father only to his daughter Sonakshi Sinha. Later, Raj Babbar was signed for the role. 

Bodyguard USER REVIEWS

GOOD
imraan mohammed, Sep 10, 2011
3.5 / 5
GOOD DIFFERENT LOVE STORY AFTER LONG TIME
owesome
kadambari Asthana, Sep 09, 2011
4.5 / 5
you can watch it 2,3,4 times.

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