Movie Review: Wanted (2009)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★½☆☆
Box Office: Hit

wantedSalman is back with a vengeance with WANTED. This is his deadliest performance to date.WANTED rides on Salman Khan’s star power.A remake of POKIRI [made in Telugu and Tamil versions], WANTED is a full on masala film. Brings back days of the successful potboilers of yore. Recall how heroism prevailed in the end, no matter how adverse the circumstances were or how powerful the villains would be. Recall those movies in which logic took a backseat since the focus was on entertainment… You relive those moments as reel after reel of WANTED unfolds.

Radhe [Salman Khan] is a hardcore gangster. A sharpshooter with a sharp brain, he works for Gani Bhai [Prakash Raj], the dreaded Mafioso, but on his own terms. Totally fearless, Radhe single-handedly eliminates Gani Bhai’s enemies one by one; making more enemies in the process.

He’s astounded when the young and pretty Jahnvi [Ayesha Takia Azmi] professes her liking for him. Inspector Talpade’s [Mahesh Manjrekar] lustful eyes fall on Jahnvi. He doesn’t know that Jahnvi has developed a soft corner for Radhe.

Whether it’s the Golden Gang or Data Pawle’s Gang, everybody wants the biggest piece of the lucrative cake that is Mumbai and the only way to get it is to eliminate whoever gets in the way. As Mumbai reels under bloody gang wars, Commissioner Ashraf Khan [Govind Namdeo] vows to make the city crime free.

Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.0 “a full on masala film. Recall the successful potboilers of yore”


4.0 “with Wanted, the knuckle-crushing action flick roars back in an improved avtaar. In Bollywood, men are back”
Times Of India
4.0 “a complete paisa vasool that offer comes with a convincing script, great acting skills, cool item numbers and adrenaline pumping stunts”

Zee News

4.0 “Go in the cinema hall expected a good ole’ mass entertainer with a bit of everything and you’ll come out feeling like your money and time could not have been better spent”
4.0 “a full-on masala movie, just the way Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra cooked them up, only far tastier with pungent South Indian spices thrown in”

Mumbai Mirror

3.5 “With an ordinary plot given an amazing execution, I must say that this movie will be a darling of the masses”
Planet Bollywood
3.0 “A full blown masala movie”

Movie Talkies

3.0 “amidst all the mediocrity Salman Khan stands tall with a towering performance, he along with Prakash Raj in the second half make Wanted a one time watch”
3.0 “This one is surely the movie for which the audience and Salman Khan would have been waiting for. A sure-shot hit and paisa vasool movie”


3.0 “An out-and-out entertainer, Salman is sure to enthrall you not only with his action but his brilliant dance steps”
Buzz 18
3.0 “isn’t pretentious and delivers what it promises – time-pass popcorn entertainment”


Average Reviews
2.5 “So even though the film is senselessly violent at times, you’ll find some fun in the edgeways”
2.5 “likely to be a waste of time for a non-Salman-worshipper. For the believers, there’s enough of him in it, and more”
Full Hyderabad
2.5 “a complete ‘mass’ entertainer which should appeal hugely to the smaller centres and out and out Salman fans”
2.5 “If you are crazy about regular commercial masala films leaving your brains at home, Wanted is the right choice”
Real Bollywood
2.5 “an out-and-out Salman fest. If you have been able to survive the onslaught of marketing he unleashed on you for the last two months, this one should be a walk in the park”
DNA India
2.5 “Strictly for Sallu fans”
Negative Reviews
2.0 “works in parts and mainly due Salman Khan. Scenes involving Prakash Raj are also amongst the highlights of this lengthy action masala entertainer”
Now Running
2.0 “is about as desirable as bullets-‘n’-guns in your boudoir.”
Khalid Mohammed
2.0 “Strictly for fans of action flicks, and Salman…in that order”
2.0 “Salman is the superstar of the common man and he knows how to satisfy them well, leaving Wanted as the ultimate Paisa Vasool flick of the year”
Star Box Office
2.0 “is watchable… casually”
1.5 “A dimwit hit”
Hindustan Times
1.5 “As for the story, you are still trying to figure that one out even after the movie is over”
1.5 “You might be tempted to excuse this as a masala flick, but gosh, an extra dose can ruin the dish. Only extreme fans of Salman Khan may dare venture into this”

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