It has become director Tigmanshu Dhulia's favourite setting , the one he excells in showcasing---the mofussil town of UP which is bristling with guns , where violence is a way of life and fortunes are created using the power of the gun.... ....And lately it has become my favourite setting too , for watching movies at least ; for where guns boom , there ashdoc goes.... Fittingly , the movie is called ' Bullet Raja ' , for bullets are truely the hero's business.... .....Or rather , they become his business after he gets mixed up in violence inspite of his educated background..... He ( Saif Ali Khan ) arrives at a wedding uninvited , for he is being chased by goons whose anger he has irked.... Why has he irked their anger ?? No one knows and it is not shown....in this part of UP everyone seems to be fighting everyone anyway.....( ashdoc approves ) .....For even in the wedding another fight breaks out ( habit of the townsfolk you know ) and guns boom like celebratory firecrackers....but not before the sultry Mahie Gill has shown her sensuous curves to us in an item number.....( ashdoc not only approves but salivates and asks for more ) .....And Raja ( Saif ) not only partakes in the fight but outclasses everyone in rifle shooting , due to which he strikes an instant rapport with Rudra ( Jimmy Shergill ) who is present at the wedding.... It's a vortex of violence they can't escape ( ashdoc doesn't want them to escape either---otherwise what will provide the entertainment.....) and they have to go to jail to find safe haven.... Here too they can't run away from violence and have to pair up to take revenge for family members who got killed outside while they were in jail..... Raja and Rudra---they form a formidable twosome who are practically unbeatable in gun combat....and they get the backing of a powerful politician ( played by Raj Babbar ) who is so impressed by their fighting skills that he ditches his old henchman ( played by bhojpuri superstar Ravi Kisan ) and takes the Raja Rudra combo under his wing.... And the whole of Uttar pradesh trembles at the mention of their name.... Upto here the movie was going well and it seemed to be set up for a wholesome gangster movie.... But the movie veers majorly off course as they take up a panga with a super rich marwadi businessman ( played by Gulshan Grover ) for the silliest of reasons....the build up of the enemity is corny to say the least and one would be amazed at the stupidity of the duo to fight with such a powerful person for a trivial reason.... This part is the major weak link in the movie and for a time reduces the whole story to a farce.... The phase also brings in the character of the heroine ( Sonakshi Sinha ) into the movie and boy....she is unimpressive even in the backless blouses that I love so much..... Before the director loses control over the movie he gets Rudra bumped off by the duo's enemies---Jimmy Shergill puts in a fine performance and it's a pity he had to be bumped off to make the story move , for I certainly wanted to see more of his acting.... But this brings the movie on course as a blood and gore revenge saga was what I had come to see , and a blood filled revenge saga was what I got from then onwards.... So can ' Bullet Raja ' take revenge for his partner's murder ?? Can he alone fight his myriad foes without his partner ?? Go and watch the movie for that.... The movie perks up again with the entry of Vidyut Jamwal---our very own desi Bruce Lee.... Man....even Bruce Lee would have been impressed by the somersaults and stunts that Vidyut Jamwal can pull off--- martial arts chops and flying kicks done in a completely new manner that at least I have not seen in any karate/kungfu movie even of the Hollywood or Chinese variety.... So Bullet Raja and our desi Bruce Lee are at loggerheads , and may the best win in this contest.... Saif Ali khan has put up a good show of acting and has held the movie together . Ravi Kisan holds his own as the gangster who has to act mad and pose in sarees like a eunuch to shake off his enemies . Raj Babbar is decent . Chunky Pandey surprises us with his acting skills . The atmosphere of small town UP is well created , and more particularly the hallmark of UP---the emphasis on caste.... The hero repeatedly reminds us that he is high caste---a brahmin in fact , and dialogues are mouthed that reinforce the fact that he is a brahmin.... And only a Thakur can counter a brahmin---so Vidyut is a Thakur.... Everyone speaks hindi Uttar pradesh style---Mishra is spoken as Missra.... The director does well when he is in familiar territory---that of the badlands of UP/Bihar.... He fails when he tries to make it look like a masala movie in some parts.... Acting by everyone except Sonakshi is good but the music is not worth listening.... All in all , a one time watch.... Verdict---okay .