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Aurangzeb

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Aurangzeb
Release date: May 17, 2013
Directed by: Atul Sabharwal
Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Prithviraj, Sasheh Agha, Sikandar Kher, Tanvi Azmi, Amrita Singh, Jackie Shroff, Deepti Naval, Swara Bhaskar, Sumeet Vyas, Kavi Shastri

Aurangzeb takes comfort in describing itself as an action thriller film, but it’s more of an etched out drama. Encasing an Indian family dispute into a game of power and a fight to the finish, definitely abiding by the long inculcated principles.

Prithviraj’s character Arya Phogat – a police inspector; plays the involved narrator who’s also one of the lead players of the story. His dying father (a brief guest appearance by Anupam Kher) asks of him a promise and Arya unwillingly starts his way towards fulfilling it. His uncle Ravikant (Rishi Kapoor) knows all about this and is also in the police. In fact Ravikant’s son Dev (Sikandar Kher) and son-in-law Vishnu (Sumeet Vyas) are also cops.

This isn’t good cop bad cop. Yet. Arya’s step brother Vishal and his long-lost twin brother Ajay – both the characters played by Arjun Kapoor; are the biological sons of Veera (Tanvi Azmi) and Yashvardhan (Jackie Shroff) who are separated due to some incidents and now they are required to swap themselves and convince the world around them. Sasheh Agha plays Ritu, Ajay’s girlfriend who is now used to his sadist tendencies.

The first half starts out with heavy drama and a few theatrical introductions, eventually building some intrigue at the halfway mark. Being the film that it is, the number of people in the cast is extensive but abused at times. Like Deepti Naval portraying a nameless wife to Ravikant, faces a shock that their son-in-law’s death wasn’t a suicide. She has a brief reaction in the background, probably aimed for greater consequences but sheared at the editor’s table.

That wasn’t the only awkward cut in Aurangzeb though. There are a few more loose ends and you begin to lose hope that this is just another semblance of family reunion fluff of the seventies, but the makers decide to emphasize on the builder-government-police corruption angle in Gurgaon’s ‘booming’ infrastructure sector and a beckon for the cops to act with a backbone and opt out of the influential cut.

Arjun Kapoor in his double role is flexible in ranging his emotions from the demure Vishal to the outlandishly cocky Ajay. Rishi Kapoor is entrusted to utter the forced Aurangzeb ideologies here and he doesn’t disappoint. What you take away with you after the film has ended, are the individual performances. Amrita Singh and Jackie Shroff shine here as well.

All in all, Aurangzeb has a story to tell, and with very less light moments, it does accomplish to make you believe in the what-is-he-going-to-do-next moments. For a film that takes itself so seriously, it flounders with technical absurdities at important junctures. (I haven’t specified because they could result in being spoilers)

My rating: *** (3 out of 5 stars)

Aiyyaa


Aiyyaa
Release date: October 12, 2012
Directed by: Sachin Kundalkar
Cast: Rani Mukherji, Prithviraj, Nirmiti Sawant, Satish Alekar, Anita Date, Jyoti Subhash, Amey Wagh, Subodh Bhave

Aiyyaa is so …. Aiyyaa is so ….. Aiyyaa tells us …. Aiyyaa is exactly like this. Slow and only entertaining in bits. An assortment of eccentric characters makes the premise for Meenakshi’s (Rani Mukherji) family. Meenakshi herself doesn’t lack in color and has a dreamland where she slips into at the slightest of chance.

Built on this, we are shown a woman who’s about to married off by her parents i.e. Meenakshi and her discoveries at a new job in an art college. Appointed as the co-librarian alongside Myna (Anita Date) whose water bottle Jumbo is known by almost everyone in college. Myna herself is the proclaimed John Abraham obsessed desi version of Lady Gaga.

Meenakshi crushes over a student Surya (Prithviraj) and eventually falls in love with his fragrance and entire personality except for the fact that they can’t make a conversation. Possessed by his presence, Meenakshi becomes enchanted with his habits and everything he does. She even follows him to his place to make out if the rumors about him are true.

The stalking never stops and Meenakshi tries her hand at learning Tamil by watching Midnight Masala and reading Tamil books. Meanwhile, her family keeps on with their parade of potential grooms and finalize on Madhav (Subodh Bhave) as Meenakshi’s most able suitor. Madhav’s character also doesn’t fall short of details and eccentricities but this is where the film falters. There are a lot of ‘funny’ and actually funny characters and situations without much of an actual plot to the entire film.

Aiyyaa wanders on for long periods of time with the same sequences repeating over and over again and with the limited plot of the film making it more intolerable in those parts. There is nice camera work, symbolic shots, good performances and stellar musical composition but all of this falls short for the lack of a strong story.

There are points in the movie where you realize a lot is going on without paying full attention to what actually is happening, and the abundance of eccentricity cannot fill for this. For instance, Meenakshi’s grandmother (Jyoti Subhash) is a victim of such overkill, where she’s laden with a gimmicky appearance and a role to play within the scope of her short screen time.

Aiyyaa is, like I earlier said, entertaining in bits and pieces. There was lot of potential in this, but it’s now not fully tapped into.

My rating: ** (2 out of 5)

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