Director: Deven Bhojani
Writer: Ritesh Shah
Stars: Esha Gupta, Adil Hussain, Vidyut Jamwal, Adah Sharma
Runtime: 2h 24min
Released: 06 Jan 2017
Summary: The Home Minister of India (Shefali Shah) assigns a four member special unit, comprising a dedicated police officer (Freddy Daruwala), ex-commando turned encounter specialist (Vidyut Jammwal), corrupt cop obsessed with brands (Adah Sharma) and a hacker to undertake a covert operation. The team must travel to Malaysia to bring in Vicky Chadda, a notorious black money launderer. Soon this challenging mission turns into a dangerous game of deceit.
Review: Vidyut Jammwal is a solid action star and his stunts are the only reason you manage to sit through this never-ending tale of ‘catch-Vicky Chadda-if-you-can’. The opening scene is spectacular. Sadly, the cat and mouse game between the cops and the criminal is not one bit exciting as the story pretends to be more intelligent than it is.
Every move is far-fetched and preposterous. Why would the cops, who accidentally witness Chadda’s confrontation with their co-member Karan (Jammwal) just stand there staring at the two blatantly, knowing they could get killed! All your doubts about this chase are left unanswered like the bizarre instance mentioned above. The Home Minister comes across like a jobless person, who has nothing else to do in the world, except for making inane phone calls to these undercover agents.
Director Deven Bhojani tries too hard to evoke intrigue but the absurd script leaves no room for thrill. The multiple illogical twists leave you frustrated and in no mood to connect the dots and decode the mystery. Also, the director seems to be a diehard fan of Mission Impossible series and American superhero films as various scenes remind you of the original versions.
Barring Esha Gupta’s ravishing looks and permanent smirk, nothing quite stands out in the film. None of the lead actors are able to show a single expression. Ada Sharma’s attempt at speaking comic Hyderabadi Hindi (or at least that’s we thought it was) fails to amuse.
The blaring ‘Commando commando’ background during the action scenes is strikingly outdated. Overstretched and uninspiring, this film is reminiscent of a poor man’s Abbas Mustan film. Even decent action cannot salvage this dreary supposed crime thriller.
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