Don't bet that you'll ever escape me
Once I get my sights on you
Got a license to kill
And you know I'm going straight for your heart
- Gladys Knight, License To Kill, OST, License To Kill
It's unlikely these exact words might have crossed Ravi's mind to describe his
feelings for his bete noire, for the feelings aren't exactly representative,
but if you are a stunt man, you sure have some special privileges. Like that
license, for instance. All the CM's men can't do what this dude in prison can,
and so here's the government doling out a rather unusual one. Only, the license
works on some innocent souls too - you and me.
Moodu Simhalu is a Kannada dub that stars Thriller Manju, that stunt man, as
Ravi, a young man whose ambition is to be a police officer just as his late
father had been. Ravi is manipulated into a vulnerable situation and sent to
prison on a trumped up murder charge by Badshah, a mafia don who is trying to
bring the nation to its knees with, like every movie villain these days worth
his salt, the help of the ISI.
Now Alexander (Charles), the jailor, realizes Ravi's innocence and brings this
to the notice of the Chief Minister. The CM is so impressed by Ravi, he decides
to give him a license to kill to get at Badshah's goons, thus officially crowning
him 007. Incidentally, here you get to know that the CM was a don himself before
he migrated to the greener pastures of politics. That explains his belief in
Mr. Bond does a memorable cleanup job - in fact, he could have been called single
punch Simham, the way he kills people with just one punch. Badshah starts running
scared, and takes a whole hospital hostage and as ransom demands the release
of all his aides in jail and a helicopter so he can fly off to Dubai. But how
can he get away with Bond around? And hence Ravi, Alexander and Sultan (another
police inspector, and these are the 3 lions, in case you didn't get it) storm
the hospital and kill the villains after mouthing the regular dose of patriotic
And now for the rest of this business. There isn't one element in this flick
that's worth a mention. The direction is horrendous, and the cast must be put
in an iron cast and sealed away forever. Thriller Manju is as thrilling as death,
and you feel that all the other actors have been picked randomly off the streets
and assigned roles.
The music is the best part; you find ripped versions of popular Hindi songs
including Yamma, Yamma from Shaan, so at least you recognize something. Otherwise,
the lyrics make you want to clutch your stomach and roll on the floor - in agony.
Don't get killed on this one - there's no redress, since this one is licensed.