Inspired by true events, the story of this film is of a RAW agent, who we can also call such an unsung hero, whose courage, intelligence and courage not only save the passengers of a hijacked plane but also hijack that plane. The terrorists who do this are also caught. The film is set in the eighties, when the prime minister of the country used to be Indira Gandhi (played by Lara Nai). This was the period when the country had become a victim of many hijacks one after the other. In these hijackings of the airplane, the country has to pay a hefty amount of crores of rupees to the terrorists in lieu of the lives of the passengers during the negotiations, but at the same time the dreaded terrorists who are lodged in the Indian jail have to be released every time. In one such hijacking, when multitasking Anshul Malhotra (Akshay Kumar) loses his mother (Dolly Ahluwalia), her same pain drives him to become a RAW agent. However, Anshul, who saved his happy life by doing love marriage with Radhika (Vaani Kapoor), never thought that he would take up the security of the country under the code name of ‘Bell Bottom’ in RAW and the role of Pakistan’s Intelligence Bureau IAS in these hijacks. Will expose
‘Lucknow Central’ fame director Ranjit M Tiwari had an idea of all the qualities of Akshay Kumar and he weaved it beautifully into his story. The first half of the film seems a bit slow in developing the story and characters, but the thriller aspect of the story in the second half makes the film strong. The second half of the film has many twists and turns, which keep the audience hooked. The director has managed to make the eighties a reality on screen. The cheeky dialogues of Aseem Arora and Parvez Shaikh leave the front benchers whistling and applauding. The editing of the film shows its tightness after the interval. The background score and casting is the film plus point. The film has music by Tanishk Bagchi, Amaan Malik and Gurmazar Singh, but apart from the song ‘Sakhiyaan’, no other song is remembered. If the musical side had been strong in this type of action-thriller, then the matter would have proved to be icing on the cake.
Akshay Kumar is once again seen in his heroic style. For a long time, he has been seen in such a patriotic character. He has become the poster boy of such patriotic films. His spontaneity is seen in these characters, but this time he has served the character of Anshul Malhotra aka ‘Bell Bottom’ in a different way than his distinctive style. It’s thrilling to see him on screen as a RAW agent. Lara Dutta in the role of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi has proved to be the surprise package of the film. Her expressions along with her prosthetic make-up make the character memorable. Vaani Kapoor makes her presence felt as the heroine as well as the twist associated with her character is startled in the climax. Huma Qureshi did not get much screen space on screen, but despite this she leaves an impression. Actor Adil Hussain, as always, has enriched the film with his performance. Kuch Bheege Alfaaz fame actor Zain Khan Durrani has done justice to the role of a terrorist. The supporting cast gives strength to the story.
Why see- After the long sadness of the Corona period, the performance of all the actors including Akshay and this film immersed in the juice of patriotism has to be seen.