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Much less crude than its pummeling trailers suggest, the fast-paced Bollywood gangster film “Bullett Raja” is, for most of its length, a tight, clever, blithely amoral crime drama about a buddy pair of hit men rising to the top of the mob heap in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. The film comes apart in the middle, in a long messy section in which even the gunfights feel like padding. But the introduction of a promising new Hindi action star in the final reel almost makes that worthwhile. Released on some 3500 screens worldwide (including more than 100 in North America), this heavily hyped Fox Star Studios production earned a disappointing $1.1 million in its first day of business.

The film’s winsome anti-heroes get into the crime business almost on a whim. Jobless and trouble-prone Raja (Saif Ali Khan) crashes a wedding in order to hide from a pack of angry thugs, and bonds with one of the guests, »

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