I’m not sure that there is a story out there that hasn’t already been told and honestly, I am one that truly believes it’s all been done before, however, some love stories are just great to watch, like best friends romances, contract marriages, bickering enemies or passing strangers. Added to that list is protector crushes. I’m not quite sure when the fever began but I know it was burned into my flesh with Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston’s 1992 film The Bodyguard.
What we all know is that the best love stories stem from plain old interaction; then throw in a need for speedy trust and dependency– something is bound to bud. And it seems Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor may have harvested a new rom-com cash-crop.
While Bodyguard is a remake, it unfortunately, isn’t a Hindi remake of The Bodyguard [that film already has an appointment with an American butcher]. It’s actually the third of the four language remakes of the original Malayalam film, written and directed by Siddique.
BASIC PLOT: a bodyguard offers his services to a business tycoon he respects but is refused. Once he saves his life, tycoon takes on the bodyguard, not for himself but for his daughter. The job entails him following her around college. This immediately cramps her style and she devises a plan to distract him– Operation: Boo4Bodyguard. Through random texts and phone calls, she perpetrates a woman smitten with him and unwittingly falls in love. But before they can bask in bawdy bodyguard bliss, they have to overcome an irate father, mistaken identity, scapegoat best friends and the dreaded detractor of all romance everywhere, TIME.
CAST: Salman Khan, Raj Babbar, Kareena Kapoor, Hazel Rose Keech
PREMIERE: August 31, 2011
THOUGHTS: I honestly think this film is going to be cute cute summery fun. It isn’t a new story by any means and I’m equally sure no one will be surprised by any of the plot developments, but, I do have a feeling the journey could be worth it. The other remakes don’t seem as geared towards the action-melodrama aspect of the story so that could be it’s selling point. Salman is decent with the comedy and it seems he may also have a chance to do a little more than try to make us laugh. I daresay he may become the most adorkable six-packed hero of Hindi cinema this year. I do truly wish he would make more of an effort to be taken seriously as an actor(because he actually can act) but I’m beginning to think he’s wholly given up on that. I also find, I like Kareena in best weightier roles but she has Jab We Met to her credit and like Salman, her character just seems too adorable to be too disappointed. Cause who doesn’t relish, mischievous girl falls for assiduous bloke?
I haven’t seen the two previous films, nor will I be watching the subsequent Telegu version, for the simple fact that I actually want to view this movie once[though I am a little intrigued by Ganga being it has a different director].
Ultimately, what will connect you to this film is the chemistry between Kareena and Salman. If you’ve seen their other films you know they’ve got it but the still below makes me believe they’ve definitely taken a few more classes at “Crackling Celluloid Chemistry Academy.”
photos courtesy of oneindia