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Sep 01, 2003 10:04 PM 6086 Views
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Humn! What do I make of this movie? It is not bad even in wild dreams of satan. But I just cant call it good. There is something wrong with this movie and that something I am not able to tell. I think it is primarily the hanging garland of seen this, seen this also and this one also. And another point was who on earth wants to watch a grim dark brooding never ending tale of retribution cycle when you could go and feel better about life watching the alien and retarded kid and the zingy Zinta? That may be the reason, too much thinking of KMG when you should have been thinking Gangajal.

So I ventured to see it was good enough to tell that this one has got fairly decent reviews. The story however is as old as a virgin heroine. Honest cop, bura cop, honest gunda and bura gunda and then a mass uprising to end all evil. Although it does not quite take such defined sides on solution to the mess, yet it follows such an oft-beaten path that other than the concept of Gangajal, the whole movie is a cut copy paste action of number of such films. Thankfully I had not seen Shool. That said and done, the screenplay has an urgency about it in terms of foul lingo and raw violence. The bura gundas and bura cops are shown well, real bura and the honest cop is just, humn guessed it right, bahut achha. Almost too good to be true. Chalo film hai sab chalta hai. Atleast they knew what they were making and did not break into a dancing hero in Swiss Alps and a comic hero in Govinda style.

Ajay Devgan, now he is reason enough to watch a movie these days. How he picks almost without fault is admirable. If he lifted an absolute commercial jambooree like Qayamat to hit status, he alone should be credited in breathing some life into this really depressing tale. His is the only uplifting soul in the whole movie, someone who stands firm in a world where boundaries are blurring and madness is ensuing. Another good performance, this year there is a straight two way race for best actor, Ajay Devgan is going to be nominated in number of categories. Mukesh Tiwari, well everyone seemed to like him though I found him too dramatic, he was what should I say, acting to act? And then there was an entire battery of barely clad or overly clad villains, each outdoing the other in flaring noses, uttering nonsense dialogues and mouthing foul lingo. Gracy Singh, as much grace as she has, she got no role in this movie at all. We wait for an Armaan and Lagaan.

Technically movie is competent although I did not like some of the photography and sound work. Script, screenplay and direction is alright in hands of Prakash Jha but looks a bit too laboured and non-spontaneous. Effort is almost shouting at you from each frame ''Look we took so much time and effort in doing so''. The music in all its forms was awful. Made an absolute dark movie some kind of depressing sermon. Background score could have made the film slick and done the trick but here it just drags it even in more dark dungeons. And that Nautanki song was soooooooooo bad. It was more repulsive than all villains put together.

Overall, quite an ok flick though I wont want to watch it again. It is too dark, too depressing, has negative positive points and watch it only if you are a sucker for such stuff. Else the jadoo should do the trick still. One word, dont let your children anywhere near. Too much foul lingo, too much crude violence mar an otherwise competent attempt. I dont think adults should have a problem with it but it does border on the cynical stuff and hence, makes for some uncomfortable cinema.

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