Critic reviews and ratings

  • It takes guts to turn the conventional formulistic cinema about male bonding and revenge into a tightly wound intelligently scripted and judiciously executed drama of political subterfuge in Uttar Pradesh...

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  • Enjoyable, engaging and extremely distinctive.

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  • The writing is sharp, the scenes are well-constructed and the dialogue is superb without being overtly bombastic.

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  • ...a racy ride, cynical, yet sweet, dark, yet bright.

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  • Watch it if you’re a fan of some edgy dialogues. As for the rest of it, you’ll want to rain bullets on this Raja.

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  • ...has flashes of fire but mostly it seems to be hobbled by a misguided sense of machismo.

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  • With a tighter script and an uncompromising vision, he might've knocked this one right out of the park. At the moment though, it's an easy but forgettable watch.

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  • Here's hoping Tigmanshu Dhulia ditches this spurious chase and returns to form with his brand of movies - forged from truth and insight; straight from the heart - that we've come to love.

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  • High on style with no thought given to scripting.

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  • Despite all this interesting sub-text, the film fails to grip you with its central narrative.

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  • With so much that’s so fascinating at a conceptual level, it’s surprising how dull Bullett Raja is – and that’s because Dhulia, in his attempts to imbue his material with layers and texture, forgets what made those masala movies work in the first place.

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  • ...sorely misses the Dhulia brand of attitude and sincerity in the script and the treatment. Someone bring the real man back please, we will forgive and forget this one.

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  • Lots of "dialogue", earthy style and of course bullets. Unfortunately, it also means repetitive, predictable, and tiring.

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  • This is not Dhulia trying to make commercial cinema "aesthically better", as he has been emphasising. This is the celebrated director and now a fancied actor completely surrendering himself to it.

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  • The acting is inconsistent, the screenplay patchy, the background score jarring and the editing jumpy.

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  • Tigmanshu Dhulia is best when he opts for content drawn for reality instead of flying off into an absurd land where everyone detests one another with a vengeance.

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  • ...conveniently moves from one point to another without so much as a reasonable justification so much so that even characters get introduced right till the last 15 minutes of the film only to take the hackneyed story forward.

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  • ...had the scope to bring about some content in the current crop of massy entertainers and could cater to the intelligentsia but Tigmanshu Dhulia's inept attempt ruins all such chances.

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  • Tigmanshu shouldn’t try to copy Prabhudeva but make straight-from-the-heart films that he’s famous for. We missed the comic punches and the black humour of his earlier efforts. He doesn’t deserve this and neither do we.

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  • Dhulia here is not paying tribute to the B movie in his own distinctive style. He is announcing himself to be a B movie maker with Bullett Raja. Or maybe he tried tribute but has been unable to lend this an iota of creativity or class.

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  • It is a wishy-washy mix of two brazen hinterland heroes’ misadventures, a revenge drama, and a soap-opera style, hackneyed depiction of Uttar Pradesh politics.

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  • ...a dumbed-down film about senseless revenge and violence...

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  • ...is rife with predictable scenes, bad editing and a lack of control over the script, which spirals into an unending loop of absurdity.

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