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Madaari

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Madaari
Release date: July 22, 2016
Directed by: Nishikant Kamat
Cast: Irrfan Khan, Vishesh Bansal, Jimmy Shergill, Tushar Dalvi, Nitesh Pandey

In a world filled with corruption, and its consequences on the creatures inhabiting it; Nirmal Kumar (Irrfan Khan) decides to ask the questions which no one can or hasn’t bothered asking yet. The incident which stemmed a major plot point of the film was a sad one, and yet it passed by unnoticeably. A slab of the then under construction Mumbai metro bridge had collapsed and caused the death of at least one immigrant site worker.

Home minister Prashant Goswami (Tushar Dalvi) finds that his son Rohan (Vishesh Bansal) is kidnapped from his boarding school in Dehradun. With no direct clues to give away any answers, he hires Nachiket Verma (Jimmy Shergill) to solve the case. Nachiket decides that the whole operation should be carried out in a covert manner, so that the general public wouldn’t feel unsafe and uphold the sanctity of the government by not letting the news out to the TV audiences.

Nirmal is a mystical figure for a long part, often slipping in and out of costumes to keep up with his act of vigilantism. More details about his origins are carefully strewn around the screenplay to build up a sympathetic backstory for him. He wishes to bring the system to answer the questions which often remain unanswered.

Much like the film’s poster, Irrfan Khan towers above the rest of the film’s cast and other departments. He overshadows the campy background score, the caricaturish depiction of politicians, the tiredness induced by the tardy pace of the film towards the last act and an apparent overall substandard production value. He refuses to revel in a Hollywood afterglow, unlike quite a few other compatriots who fail to ground themselves back to the Indian-ness of their characters in Hindi films after tasting the Californian waters.

Jimmy Shergill is a dependable hand as the narrowly confusing top cop Nachiket. He becomes sidelined when the film ceases to be a cat-and-mouse chase between the two sides of the fence in the post interval half. The abductee Rohan, played Vishesh Bansal is a very (generally) savvy seven year old, who is, like many other kids of the same age, well aware of things beyond his years. It’s charming to see that certain amount of smart alecky display, but grating when he talks of Stockholm Syndrome, only to break the fourth wall in an implicit way to make the viewers feel, “Yeah, hey, look! Shades of Stockholm! The kid said it himself!”

With his very diverse film repertoire, Nishikant Kamat’s attempt at a desi V for Vendetta, sans the Guy Fawkes masks and a deep politically philosophical commentary, is an entertaining watch but not without its flaws. Who needs a mask when you’ve got Irrfan in such fine form though?

My rating: **1/2 (2.5 out of 5)

Saheb Biwi aur Gangster Returns

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Saheb Biwi aur Gangster Returns
Release date: March 8, 2013
Directed by: Tigmanshu Dhulia
Cast: Jimmy Shergill, Mahie Gill, Irrfan Khan, Soha Ali Khan, Raj Babbar, Sitaram Panchal, Pravesh Rana, Deepraj Rana, Rajesh Khera, Rajeev Gupta

Saheb Biwi aur Gangster, the prequel was charming, arousing and scintillating. The task of maintaining the earlier film’s integrity and matching up to its levels was real tough, but there are many loopholes and cover-ups in this sequel.

Continuing from the first film, Sahib (Jimmy Shergill) has survived, but is paralyzed and wheelchair-ridden. Even with a handicap, his influence or rather mean imposing nature hasn’t diminished. With his wife, Biwi (Mahie Gill) serving political office, he decides to marry Ranjana (Soha Ali Khan) forcibly. Ranjana is another former king, Birendra Pratap’s (Raj Babbar) daughter. Pratap is promised other royal gains in return for a hushed engagement ceremony between his daughter and Sahib.

Inderjeet Singh, the Gangster (Irrfan Khan) gets involved in the plot as Ranjana’s lover and goes on to become a part of the larger plan. With romantic allegiances forming and crumbling, it is the same powerplay of Sahib Biwi aur Gangster that eventually takes the center stage. The writers devise contemporary topics into the narrative, like a localized version of Anna Hazare’s fast or the actual proposal of dividing the state of Uttar Pradesh in 4 smaller states.

The smart deployment of politicized gimmicks along with witty and the much sought after impactful lines provide the foil for the faults in the repetitive double crosses and lack of depth to one of the film’s major players, i.e. Mahie Gill’s character. She’s incredibly sexy but lacks the punch. The individual performances also try compensating for the mentioned drawbacks, wherein Irrfan and Shergill stand out.

Out of the repeated ensemble cast, Rajeev Gupta’s dumb minister is perhaps the best. And this is how the film sets up, there are exclusive flashes of brilliance but they never translate into a collective display of overall excellence. Sahib Biwi aur Gangster Returns’ valleys leave you tepid and drowned out even with its constant peaks.

My rating: **1/2 (2.5 out of 5)

Special 26

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Special 26
Release date: February 8, 2013
Directed by: Neeraj Pandey
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Manoj Bajpayee, Jimmy Shergill, Rajesh Sharma, Kishore Kadam,  Kajal Aggarwal, Divya Dutta

A quartet of conmen who conduct heists while pretending to be government officers are the gutsy fantastic four of Neeraj Pandey’s reality inspired suspense-thriller. Though embellished with a few quite passable songs, the film runs for a long time without feeling slow and boring.

As each character is introduced at the start, Ajay (Akshay Kumar), P.K. Sharma (Anupam Kher), Iqbal (Kishore Kadam), Joginder (Rajesh Sharma) present themselves as no-nonsense CBI officials on a mission to raid a minister’s house. They’re accompanied by Inspector Ranvir Singh (Jimmy Shergill) and Shanti (Divya Dutta) with a small troop of constables. Soon the raids increase and the victims refuse to report these instances. Ranvir Singh & Shanti face the brunt and are suspended from duty.

Actual CBI officer Waseem Khan (Manoj Bajpayee) is a straight-faced man who doesn’t like her wife’s cleavage showing. Hey, that’s in the actual plot! He’s contacted by Singh after he starts his private investigation against the gang’s various outings across India. Soon, two teams are set up and the fight to the finish ensues. The fake CBI are now up for a ‘final’ raid with a mega scale and that’s where the Special 26 is established.

The plot isn’t too thrilling itself, but it depicts the finer traits in a subtle but detailed manner. For example, the scene where the group lands to loot a place that is already being raided by authentic officials. This shows the over-confidence and charming capabilities of Ajay, but at the same time shows that they go in unprepared to steal millions. The latter detail, probably undesired, shows pivotal flaws in the narrative.

The writing isn’t too great, with another basic flaw at the end, and without any fresh or impactful lines. But all of these shortcomings are compensated by the many individual characters and performances. Akshay Kumar’s character is the flashy one, and disappointingly we don’t get to see much from his acting side, though the rest have been given meatier roles. Kher, Shergill along with Sharma and Kadam are subtle and particularly suiting.

Whereas Kajal Aggarwal who plays Ajay’s love interest doesn’t have much to do. The same goes for Divya Dutta’s character, she’s almost reduced to a caricature. Bobby Singh’s cinematography is pleasing, yet mundane at certain moments. There are filler music videos which don’t serve much purpose except for providing a breather to the much relaxed narrative; thereby becoming pointless and not required.

All in all, the film isn’t too high on adrenaline nor filled with any jump-out-of-the-seat points but yet manages to remain pact and entertaining. Special 26 isn’t a classic, though it’s fairly good at what it aims to do and is entertaining.

My rating: *** (3 out of 5) 

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