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Thanks for this review! I've only seen the Tamil one (Kaavalan) and it was an okay film until the twist/train scene towards the end, which is where I kind of went "WHAT???" ... was definitely a weird ending. Can't wait to see how the Hindi goes over with audiences.


Me, too. I'm thinking it'll either work, or it'll tank. The problem, as you well know, is not giving too much away, and I edited out a lot of my notes that I suspected were spoilery. And the Hindi promos have presented the film, as far as I've seen (not watched a lot), as a love story. Which it is. But. You know.

I actually had a lot of WTF? in my notes, but I watched the film a second time, and there's a lot of subtle stuff going on that I didn't pick up on the first time through. Of course, how many viewers are going to give the film a second chance?

I will say that what actually fascinates me about all three versions is how the character of the bodyguard is slightly different in each one (guessing on that a bit from the Hindi promos, but Siddique has also commented on that in interviews), and how they're very tailored to the talents of the actor playing him. I'm just hoping they don't do a Ready with this one. Fingers crossed.


Haven't seen any of the versions, and I'm not sure if I will... well, let's wait for the reactions concerning the Hindi release.


So, would you recommend this as a good entry point for Dileep films?

I'm so used to the usual cast of supporting players in South films, I'm intrigued to see who plays the brother, father, friend, fiance, etc in the Hindi version.


The Dileep fans I've talked to would say no, that they prefer him in a straight-up comedy, which is what he seems to be known for (shades of Govinda, who he reminds me a lot of at times)-- Bodyguard seemed to be too much of serious and action for them. In the comments a while back someone recommended Punjabi House as a very good Dileep film, but so far I've not been able to get my hands on it.

I suspect, though, that I'm about to head down a Dileep film rabbit hole, so I'll let you know if anything really stands out for me.

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