STORY: Heavily influenced by Bruce Lee ’s wisdom and his martial art techniques, Pooja aspires to be like him. Will she be able to follow in his footsteps, or will she be forced to compromise her desire to lead a tranquil life like other girls?
REVIEW: ' Ladki: Dragon Girl ,' an Indo-Chinese co-production (Jing Liu, Naresh T, Sridhar T, and Ram Gopal Varma ), revolves around a girl who is a huge admirer of Bruce Lee (the master of martial arts). RGV's film is inspired by Lee's 1976 action-flick 'Enter The Dragon,' but the only difference is that the character of Lee is played by debutante Pooja Bhalekar . She is in top form and doing full justice to the job on hand.
RGV’s film is heavily reliant on the action sequences, which are performed by a female artist for a change. However, in terms of the story, it has nothing much to offer. This 133-minute-long drama is predictable from the start and includes some role reversals, as in the story, a fearless lead protagonist defends men from the bad guys. Pooja Bhalekar, a newcomer, is seen confidently beating up the baddies with her Taekwondo and Jeet Kune Do skills (both martial arts, one of which became famous for Bruce Lee's style). The movie is packed with well-choreographed action scenes that are frequently shot in slo-mos, heightening their impact. The close-up shots of Pooja's body, steamy scenes and skin-showing elements in almost all of the dance sequences, on the other hand, distract from the plot's gravity.
Pooja Bhalekar can be seen kicking and punching hard while flexing her muscles and stretching herself to impress viewers. She is fearsome and has the novelty to match the moves of Tiger Shroff and Vidyut Jammwal, two of Bollywood’s popular action heroes. Although emotional scenes are not her strength, she is flawless in all action sequences. Pooja's and Chinese actress Miya Muqi fight sequence, in particular, turns out to be a highlight of the film. Tianlong Shi as Pooja’s master has plenty of screen time to show his fighting skills. Rajpal Yadav and Abhimanyu Singh play supporting roles in the movie.
Overall, with its high kicks and fight sequences, this film pays an honest tribute to the iconic Bruce Lee. But ‘Ladki: Dragon Girl’ shines only during the fights, and you're exhausted by the time the countdown to the finale begins. How much can you hoot for broken necks and smashed bones? You can try finding the thrill in newcomer Pooja Bhalekar’s kicks, but the movie doesn't have anything else to offer.