What is the story about?
After conquering many bastions, international drug baron Rana sets his eyes on Mumbai to establish his base. Soon after his arrival, drug trade in the city flourishes like never before. Mumbai is in utter chaos with scores of school and college-going students falling prey to drugs, making a mess of their lives. The cops are under immense pressure to put an end to this menace at the earliest. Enter Radhe, a former undercover police officer, whose suspension is revoked and is handed over the responsibility to nab the mastermind behind this mess. Does Radhe have it in him to outsmart his nemesis?
Radhe – Your Most Wanted Bhai, a follow-up to Salman Khan’s 2009 blockbuster Wanted that gave a new lease of life to the star’s career then, is a disastrous sequel that makes its predecessor look like a Mughal-E-Azam in comparison. The film is a crashing bore with no semblance of a storyline, little entertainment value, toothless characterisation and unexciting action pieces. The actors look disinterested for a major part and there’s little respite for a viewer in a film that doesn’t even have a single redeeming factor – the performances, story, action and the music are intolerable. Even the Hindi version of composer Devi Sri Prasad’s foot-tapping number Seeti Maar is a pale cousin of the original (in Telugu).
It’s hard to imagine that a filmmaker like Prabhudeva, once considered an expert at churning one commercial blockbuster after another, is behind this trash can of an outing. Radhe struggles to even get the basics of a commercial potboiler right, be it the introduction sequence, the conflict, the intermission and even the lead characters. Every second sequence in the film is a fight or revolves around a juvenile romance. Sample the idea of humour in the film; just because Radhe’s love interest is Diya, he talks of naming his sister Na-Diya. The execution is uninspiring and almost robotic from the word go.
Radhe is largely stuck in the 80s and 90s era of Hindi cinema but it doesn’t even have the elements that worked in the films back then. There’s no emotional hook or purpose to the story. Chase-fight-kill is a routine that the characters in the film rigorously follow. The heroine is a mindless caricature and a mere arm-candy. The villain is as good as a dummy; the film introduces him as an international don but there’s little to separate him from a streetside goon in the city. The hero breaks glass doors to enter houses, jumps from a car to a helicopter mindlessly and you’re expected to be in awe of him.
Watch Radhe at your own risk.
Salman Khan, as fit and handsome as ever, lacks the energy to pull off a commercial potboiler. He’s unbelievably stiff, wooden and worse, there’s no meat to his character too. Disha Patani gets probably one of the worst roles in her career and has nothing to do in the film other than drooling over Salman and grooving to a few unmemorable songs. Jackie Shroff is reduced to an unintentionally comical role as Radhe’s superior Avinash.
Randeep Hooda doesn’t fare much better either as the quintessential Bollywood baddie who’s on a killing spree. Tamil actor Bharat’s presence in the film is wasted and one wonders what’s the purpose of casting Megha Akash in a worthless role. Sudhanshu Pandey is passable in a brief role while musician Arjun Kanungo’s acting debut doesn’t pass muster.
Music and other departments:
Some of the biggest names in Indian cinema, including Sajid–Wajid, Devi Sri Prasad and Himesh Reshammiya are associated with the project but surprisingly there’s not a single song that you remember after the movie. The music score is jarring. Ayananka Bose’s cinematography is among the better aspects of Radhe but the main culprit is the terrible story and a worse screenplay that never gets you to invest in the proceedings. The dialogue is laughable at best with silly punchlines. Even at 109 minutes, Radhe is a painful drag.
Dull performances, poorly choreographed action sequences
Did I enjoy it?
Do I recommend it?