Director: Prabhu Deva
Starring: Salman Khan, Ayesha Takia, Mahesh Manjrekar, Asin Merchant
Information: Contains strong bloody violence
Running time: 153mins
BBFC cert: 15
Rebellious contract killer Radhe (Salman) loves to defy authority. Working for those offering him most money, Radhe switches from one gang to another.
It’s not long before he gets accepted into Ganibhai’s (Prakash) gang. Gani is the dreaded Mafioso on Mumbai police’s most wanted list.
Into Radhe's personal life enters call-centre employee, Jhanvi (Ayesha) but they share a love hate relationship. When Radhe saves her from corrupt and testosterone-driven police officer, Talpade (Mahesh), Jhanvi finally realises he is the man for her.
As time goes by, Radhe moves ahead in the criminal world eliminating Ganibhai's enemies with his wit, grit and fearless strategy.
With an impressive catalogue of crimes as part of his credentials, Ganibhai offers Radhe a job into his gang but he refuses making him his biggest enemy.
This results in a shocking twist changing the very premise on which the story is based on. Radhe is now wanted dead by the mafia and alive by the law in this fast-paced thriller.
Full credit goes to choreographer-turned-director, Prabhu Deva for serving us an all out commercial flick bringing memories of the 80s Hindi cinema.
With equal doses of romance, thrills, frills and suspense, Wanted keeps you on the edge of your seat till the very end.
Described as a hardcore thriller, Deva has interspersed enough laugh-aloud moments with a romantic track making the movie a light-hearted fare. Even the exquisite colourful dance sequences with cameos are a feast for the eyes due to Deva’s novel choreography.
Salman Khan makes a smashing silver-screen return full of attitude and confidence as Radhe. His magnetic screen presence coupled with brilliant dancing and fighting qualities will be much appreciated by his massive fan-following.
He has once again reaffirmed his position and gained audiences self-assurance as one of Hindi cinema’s top actors. Mahesh Manjrekar plays his love-to-hate character of a lecherous police inspector with conviction.
But Ayesha Takia takes you by surprise as the love-stricken Jhanvi reluctant at committing herself to Radhe due to his sordid profession.
Wanted is an all out Hindi pot-boiler making a refreshing change amidst a barrage of weekly romances. Enjoy Salman at his cinematic best!
Reviewed by Manish Gajjar
BBC Bollywood Correspondent