Well WANTED is a remake of POKIRI, which was a blockbuster in Telugu and Tamil as well. The film reminds you of typical masala flicks which were very popular in pre-2000 era, where good always won over evil, hero over villain. In these times of non-conventional, exprimental and multiplex type films, hats off to Boney Kapoor who took risk and went ahead with WANTED.
The film totally belongs to Salman Khan, he can be seen in each & every frame of the film, in one word Wanted heavily depends on Salman braod shoulders and will click only due to his magical star power and his bigg fan following. Wanted is all about Radhe (Salman Khan) a dreaded criminal and sharpshooter who can do anything for money and works in Mumbai underworld for Golden Gang headed by Gani Bhai (Prakash Raj), who is in war with other gang headed by Data Pawle.
Killing and playing with gun is a child's play for Radhe. Newly appointed Commissioner Ashraf Khan (Govind Namdeo) aim is to make the city crime free for which he has to pay the price of his daughter. Salman's love interest is played by Jhanvi (Ayesha Takia), who I feel is misfit in the film and does not suit with Salman. In between, there is corrupt, Inspector Talpade (Mahesh Manjrekar), who lusts for Jhanvi and wait there is a don's moll also played by Mehek Chahal. For full story and suspense, it's better to go and watch on the big screen.
The film is directed by Prabhu Deva, the dancing star and he does justice to the remake. Though there is nothing new in the film, but he still manges to keep a hold on to the film with fast action and stunts, despite a weak script. Specially the action sequences in the climax are the highlight of movie, where Salman smashes the villains left and right.
Although the first half could have been more brisk, if a couple of songs would have been edited. Choreography is good and bit different, music by Sajid Wajid duo is so so, only JALWA song catches your attention where special appearance by Prabhu Deva, Anil Kapoor and Govinda brings the house on fire.
As regards to acting, Salman Khan has done full justice to the role, infact it seems that no other hero could have matched his performance for this power packed role. Ayesha Takia is OK, but any other actress would have been a better choice.
Bad man played by Prakash Raj is superb. Infact in some scenes he makes you laugh especially where he is held captive by policemen. Mahesh Manjrekar as a corrupt cop is superb. Vinod Khanna in a small role is wasted. Overall there is nothing much to do for others, it's all the way SALMAN KHAN in the movie. And his fans will relish him in this action avtaar after a long time. The film is for the masses and specially it will do wonders in single screens and U.P., Bihar & Maharashtra territories.
Overall the film will be a HIT, it had a bumper opening and then in view of the festive season - ID, DUSHERA and DIWALI, it will only add to the cash registers.
Banner : Sahara One Motion Pictures & BSK Films Enterprises
Producer : Boney Kapoor
Released on : September 18, 2009
Language : Hindi
Genre : Action
Director : Prabhu Deva
Salman Khan - Radhe
Ayesha Takia - Jhanvi
Mahesh Manjrekar - Inspector Talpade
Prakash Raj - Gani Bhai
Govind Namdeo - Commissioner Ashraf Khan
Music on : T-Series
Main Singers : Sunidhi Chauhan, Shaan, Shreya Ghosal, Soumya Rao, Kamaal Khan, Nikita Nigam, Wajid, Amrita Kak, Suzanne D'Mello, , Hrishikesh Kamerkar, Earl & Salman Khan
Lyrics - Sameer, Wajid, Jalees Sherwani, Arun Bhairav, Shabbir Ahmed, Salman Khan
Music Director : Sajid Wajid
Cinematography : Nirav Shah & S Sriram
Choreography : Prabhu Deva, Raju Sundaram,Vaibhavi Merchant & Rajiv Surti
Action : Vijayan Master
Screenplay : Shiraz Ahmed
Story Writer : Poori Jagannath