BollySitter Recommended Age: 13+ (For sensuality and violence)
BollySitter Family GO Factor: 2.0/5.0
The Review Monk TRM Score: 4.4/10.0
Directed by: Siddharth Anand
Starring: Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, Danny Denzongpa, Jaaved Jaffrey
Written By: Patrick O’Neill, Sujoy Ghosh, Suresh Nair
Music by: Vishal-Shekhar
Produced by: FOX Star Studios
Lyrics by: Anvita Dutt, Kumaar, Vishal Dadlani
Running time: 153 mins
Genre(s): Action Thriller
BANG BANG is a mindless action thriller with standard Bollywood doses of romance, exotic locations, songs, dances, emotions and no plot thrown into the mix. The film is appropriate for viewing with kids in the 13+ age group due to scenes of loud violence and some sensuality.
The official remake of Knight and Day, Bang Bang revolves around the escapades of a guy searching for a notorious criminal and a girl who inadvertently ends up becoming his accomplice as he shoots, fights and kills bad people around the world.
There are liberal doses of action sequences throughout the film, some of which are intense while others are superhero type and larger-than-life in nature. The beginning and end of the film feature two scenes where people are thrown alive into a raging fire. These may be disturbing for younger kids. The film shows gun fires, bomb blasts, fistfights and acrobatic jumps – most of which are more hurtful to the ears than to the eyes. There are a few scenes of shooting people from a close range and a few dead bodies are shown.
Intense & Frightening scenes
There are two scenes where people are set on fire alive. In one scene, a character cuts the finger of a dead body with a cigar cutter and uses its fingerprints to unlock a finger-scanning lock.
Apart from a mildly erotic kissing scene, there is no overt sexuality in the film. The film, however, does have a few scenes of sensuality where a scantily-dressed female lead is either dreaming of singing/dancing with the male lead or mouthing dialogues that insinuate that she would like the male lead to have sex with her. Tanned, half-naked bodies of both the leads are on display throughout the film.
The female lead in the film is shown speaking suggestive dialogues in a drugged state that depict her desire to have a lover. The bad guys make threats using menacing words but no curse words are used. The word “bullshit” is used once. Certain dialogues may have a double-meaning. The usage of the film’s title “Bang Bang” is also used suggestively towards the end of the film.
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
There are scenes where various characters are shown drinking wine and other forms of alcohol. There are multiple situations where people are drugged and then kidnapped using the medicines or drinks served to them. One character is shown smoking a cigar in most of the scenes.
Parts of the film revolves heavily around the theft of Kohinoor diamond which was forcibly taken from India during British Raj. A number of characters are shown taking patriotic pride in stealing the diamond back from Britain. The female lead is shown to be a bimbo whose goal in life is to find “Trueluvv”. She is shown to have a poor judgment about people and takes everything on the face value, “good looking” face value that is.
The film has certain patriotic undertones which families can discuss with the children. The parent-children bond is highlighted in the film. Sibling love is at the center of the film and can be part of discussions with younger kids. Part of the film is an example of the “Stockholm Syndrome” where a victim falls in love with his/her kidnapper. Parents can talk to kids about the danger of accepting drinks or food from strangers or giving in to emotions when dealing with people they do not know.
Bechdel Test 0/3
There are three female characters in the film, but besides the main lead, the other characters don’t have a much role. The main lead shares a warm relation with her grandmother but her grandmother is shown to be constantly pushing her to find true love like yesteryears romantic heroes. Most of the conversations are between the two of them and involve men. The film has a strong patriarchal tone where the objectified female character simply wants to be swept off her feet by a prince charming in her life.
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