Bell Bottom Movie Review Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars (three and a half stars)
Star cast: Akshay Kumar, Adil Hussain, Lara Dutta, Vaani Kapoor, Dolly Ahluwalia, Zain Khan Durrani
Director: Ranjit M Tewari
What is good: This is like waiting for Sachin Tendulkar to hit a lovely stretch at Wankhede; you know he’s doing it anyway
What is bad: The translation phase between ‘planning’ and ‘execution’ becomes blurry, leaving some blank spaces in between
Loo Break: You’ll need a break, but from all these amazing performances by Akshay Kumar (pun intended!)
To look or not ?: Yes, on the largest screen possible and NOT in 3D (spoiler: it’s a gimmick)
Set in the late ’70s and early’ 80s, we jumped right into the Indian government’s mission of trying to tackle the ongoing hijackings of planes across the country. Following the usual template, the story offers the ‘troubleshooter’ in RAW agent Anshul, codenamed Bell Bottom (Akshay Kumar), to keep his real identity intact.
As we explore his “personal” connection to the kidnapping, we are presented with the “almost perfect” life of Anshul. The second half takes a considerable amount of time to set up the plan. Bell Bottom and his team plan to permanently end the constant kidnapping incidents. Sliding into the ‘execution’ part of the plan, the pace races towards the climax, where more than one twist will surprise you.
Bell Bottom Movie Review: Script Analysis
Aseem Arora, Parveez Shaikh’s story doesn’t promise an entirely new template, but what it does deliver is a fast-paced, thrilling thriller with a reliable backing from Akshay Kumar’s school of humor. One thing that makes it different, from the movies seen before along similar lines, is have an uncompromising focus on developing the plan for a mission. We’ve seen several movies that take a different route of brushing through the planning process and focusing on execution. But here, the story takes you step by step to understand the movie process and leaves you on a high note with the implementation.
Here’s what you’ll get if ‘Airlift’ and ‘Baby’ have a baby and thankfully this one contains the best of both worlds. For those who expect a lot of action, it is written in a way that will disappoint you, save for a couple of sequences. With films like Gangs Of Wasseypur, Udta Punjab, cinematographer Rajeev Ravi continues to distinguish between genres. This is your first stab at a commercial period drama that gathers your tips and tricks from your best attempts.
Bell Bottom Movie Review: Star Performance
Choices spoil us as Akshay Kumar has given us memorable performances like Special 26, Holiday, Airlift & Baby. But even those four performances are distinctively different from each other. All of this, because a man decides to just get up and perform well in movies like these. The confidence of having a solid script means that Akshay does things that would be with us for a long time.
Adil Hussain is overqualified by his character ‘Santook’. It has some of the best dialogue in the film, but the narrator relies too much on Akshay Kumar to let Hussain prosper properly. Lara Dutta made headlines for achieving the ‘Indira Gandhi’ look, and believe me when I say she has acted even better.
Vaani Kapoor adds nothing of value to the narrative. Dolly Ahluwalia’s connection to Akshay Kumar was well written, but a little more depth would have done wonders. Zain Khan Durrani as the deadliest terrorist evokes hatred towards him at all times.
Bell Bottom Movie Review: Direction, Music
After Lucknow Central, Ranjit M Tewari surprises not only with the best film of his career, but also with a valuable addition to the crowded genre space. The crisp-chicken script and well-balanced dialogue help hide Tewari’s weaknesses as he directs.
I’ve been screaming about how a good song could change the whole perspective regarding the background score of your film and Bell Bottom proves the same. The impressive theme of the title goes very well with the great sequences with which it is combined. Sakhiyan 2.0, fortunately not part of the movie. A couple of romantic themes are too forgettable. Climax’s sad song falls short of the standard set by Teri Mitti, Ashq Na Ho, Tu Bhoola Jisse.
Bell Bottom Movie Review: The Last Word
All said and done; I couldn’t have asked for a better movie to resume my journey to the big screen. You can’t even expect less of a ‘home run’ when Akshay Kumar plays at home.
Three and a half stars!
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