I will make myself clear that my review has to be definitely influenced by the south-Indian version of the film, ‘Pokiri’ especially, Telugu version as I haven’t seen the Tamil version and I can’t comment on Prabhudeva’s take on that film.
I always had this notion in me that Pokiri could run in any language provided there’s a good star handling the subject. Wanted definitely filled in the criteria with Salman Khan doing the lead who looks tough and can even handle light moments with ease.
But half way down the film, I couldn’t bear the film nor its resemblance to the original. Many compared Wanted with Ghajini but Ghajini was far more superior to the way this film has been handled especially by Prabhudeva who is still famous in tollywood for his romantic venture ‘Nuvvostanante Nennodantana’.
Each scene comes out to be a copy-paste from the original providing all those who have seen the original with very little to enjoy. Nor the comic scenes are worth a mention here. With patched up comic scenes from several movies like to name one, a scene where Sonu is beaten up by police when a thief whispers in his ears and runs away has been ripped off from a telugu film ‘Khatarnak’.
The only relief in this film was Salman Khan. He was extremely good with his dialogues and his tough looks. Provided with ample of dynamic acts, Salman comes out to be a lotus in a dirty lake. His comic timing was top notch and if someone asks me one thing that will make me give this film a rating would definitely be Salman Khan.
With a whole bunch of artists who worked in the original making their presence felt in the film, it was like watching a dubbed version of the original. Ayesha Takia Azmi as Jahnvi was good and justified her presence. Prakash Raj was good as Ghani.
Prabhudeva was a big letdown and his entry to bollywood comes without much scope to exhibit his creativity.
Music was average but background score by Salim-Sulaiman was worth mentioning.
The film definitely has all the elements to attract the masses provided with ample mass appeal of Salman Khan. And this film is definitely one big treat for those who haven’t watched the original with a good mixture of humour, romance and an extremely good climax.
Overall, this film might work with those who haven’t seen the original and love stereotypic high-octane drama but a letdown for those who have seen the original.
I would like to hear from those who haven’t seen the original and tell us whether they liked it or disliked it.