I really don’t understand what’s wrong with the film makers these days. These guys delayed the movie for more than 2 weeks and instead of releasing it on a better time, they ended up releasing it in the middle of Navratri. So the end result? Dull opening. The theatre I had gone had merely 20 – 25% of the seats full.
I am not fan of Priyadarshan as most of his movies are senseless comedies but with Aakrosh, he tried to experiment in the serious Hindi film. So, I was kind of looking forward to this movie.
So, coming back to the movie. The story.. well, as shown in the trailers, the movie is about Honour Killings. Here is the synopsis from Wikipedia
Three friends from Delhi go missing in a small village – Jhanjhar, in Bihar. It’s three months and there is no clue about their disappearance. The media and students movement demand action from the authorities. It’s then that the government orders a CBI enquiry with officers Sidhant Chaturvedi (Akshaye Khanna) and Pratap Kumar (Ajay Devgn) to solve the case. They find it difficult to solve the case as the local police and other authorities are a part of Shool Sena, which is responsible for illicit activities. Sidhant and Pratap also face Ajatshatru Singh (Paresh Rawal), a ruthless police officer who misuses his power. Not only that even the locals don’t support the investigation. It’s with the help of Roshni, (Amita Pathak) who’s the daughter of a rich and powerful villager, and Getta (Bipasha Basu), who’s Aiatshatru’s wife and Pratap’s former love, that the investigation moves ahead. A bewildering turn of events ensues.
Now, let’s review the movie. The subject, the base of the movie is very strong but this subject should be handled very sensitively and I don’t think it’s everyone’s cup of tea to handle these kind of subject. No, I am not trying to say, Priyadarshan isn’t capable of doing so, infact, he is good, he can handle these kind of subjects very well. But the problem comes when these directors make silly mistakes and those mistakes drive you away from the subject.
The same thing happened with this movie too. It started well but the first half got wasted in too many songs and senseless scenes. (For e.g. the action scene between Pratap and Nasbandhi (Oh, yes, that’s what one of the baddies is named)). Due to all these things, the first half was way too stretched and sadly, this trend continued in the 2nd half too. Thankfully, there were no songs in the 2nd half but it was stretched just like 2nd half. The focus was more on the actors and the action sequences than the subject.
The director tried to impress everyone with some of the action scenes. But sadly, most of them were silly and copied from some other movies. But they cross the limit of silliness when they showed Pratap getting away on the other side right in the middle of the speeding train. The action director should be given award for this foolishness.
Okay, now, let’s talk about the acting. Ajay Devgan and Akshaye Khanna did a decent job but absolutely nothing new. But it was Paresh Rawal who was the most impressive. Bipasha Basu did not have much to do.
The music did not have anything to be mentioned. The movie was badly affected by sloppy editing and really bad direction in some of the scenes.
I am actually very disappointed that, these guys managed to make a mess out of such a nice subject. The end of the movie passes the wrong message and it just makes the mockery of our judicial system.
Sad to say, but it was a bad movie. I am very much disappointed with it. I would rate this movie
Rating:. Do not waste your time and money on this movie. Wait for it to arrive on your television set.