Set in the late 1970s and early 1980s, we’re thrust into the Indian government’s quest to stop the incessant plane hijackings that occur across the country. The plot gives the ‘problem solver’ in RAW agent Anshul, who is codenamed Bell Bottom (Akshay Kumar) to keep his true identity hidden, following the traditional structure.
We learn about Anshul’s ‘nearly flawless’ life as we learn about his ‘personal’ connection to the hijacking. The plan must be built up in the second half, which takes a long time. Bell Bottom and his squad intend to put an end to the frequent hijackings. As you go towards the ‘execution’ phase of the strategy, the pace quickens as you near the climax.
Bell Bottom Movie Review:
1. Script Analysis
Akshay Kumar plays a Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) covert operative known as ‘Bell Bottom’ in the espionage thriller Bell Bottom. Kumar is called in to save the day after a plane is kidnapped and arrives in Amritsar, the seventh hijacking occurrence in five years. His plans for a daring clandestine operation to rescue 210 hostages and neutralise four hijackers are the focus of the film. His operation is all the more powerful since it is linked to a personal sorrow.
The story of Aseem Arora and Parveez Shaikh does not promise an entirely fresh pattern, but it does promise a fast-paced, emotionally-charged thriller with the dependable support of the Akshay Kumar school of humour. One element that sets it apart from other films along similar lines is its unwavering focus on the development of a mission plan. We’ve seen a number of films that take a different approach by skipping over the preparation stage and focusing solely on the execution. However, the plot here takes you step by step through the filmmaking process and ends on a high note with the execution.
2. Cast Performance
We’re spoiled for choice thanks to Akshay Kumar’s remarkable performances in films like Special 26, Holiday, Airlift, and Baby. Even Nevertheless, those four performances are very different from one another. All of this is due to one man’s decision to simply get up and perform effectively in movies like this. The assurance that comes with having a great script leads to Akshay doing things that will be remembered for a long time.
Adil Hussain is overqualified for his barely passable role as ‘Santook.’ He has one of the better lines in the movie, but the narration is too reliant on Akshay Kumar to allow Hussain to shine.
Lara Dutta made headlines for her ‘Indira Gandhi’ look, and believe me when I say she acted even better.
Vaani Kapoor contributes nothing to the storey. Dolly Ahluwalia’s relationship with Akshay Kumar was well-written, but a bit more depth would’ve been beneficial. As the deadliest terrorist, Zain Khan Durrani elicits a great deal of animosity.
3. Direction, Music
Ranjit M Tewari delivers not only his best film to date, but also a welcome addition to the genre’s overcrowded landscape. Tewari’s weak flaws as a director are hidden by his as-crisp-as-Chicken-crispy screenplay and oh-so-well-balanced lines.
I’ve been yelling about how a fantastic theme can shift your entire view on your film’s background score, and Bell Bottom illustrates it. The thundering title music fits in perfectly with the cool sequences with which it’s coupled. Thankfully, Sakhiyan 2.0 does not appear in the film. A number of love songs are all but forgotten. Climax’s melancholy song falls short of Teri Mitti, Ashq Na Ho, and Tu Bhoola Jisse in terms of quality.
BELL BOTTOM is a terrific entertainer that belongs on the big screen. Kudos to Akshay Kumar, Vashu Bhagnani, and the entire team for completing such a large-scale picture in the midst of a pandemic while simultaneously releasing it when theatres weren’t yet open everywhere. In terms of the film industry’s rebirth, this is unquestionably a step forward.
The picture has issues in general, but it never fails to entertain. ‘Bell Bottom’ has the allure of a Bollywood big-budget commercial film that deserves to be seen on the big screen. And, of course, because this picture celebrates the reopening of theatres after months of closure due to the pandemic’s second wave, audiences may have a great cinematic experience with this one.
Where to Watch Bell Bottom
Bell Bottom is available on Amazon Prime so you can watch it online at home . Bell Bottom has been released on 19 August 2021 .