Rating : 5/10
Release Date : 14th November, 2014
Time : 127 minutes
Director : Shaad Ali
Writers: Nitesh Tiwari, Shreyas Jain, Nikhil Mehrotra
Music : Shankar Ehsaan Loy
Starring : Ranveer Singh, Ali Zafar, Govinda, Parineeti Chopra
The first few minutes were excellent. In terms of setting things up. Showing the relationships between our lead duo Ali Zafar, Ranveer, their godfather, Govinda and the introduction of Parineeti. For a while, aided by good, witty dialogue, they kept things going, even though, apart from the courtship, there wasn’t much happening. And then, as usual, they ran out of ideas on what to make their interesting characters do. On how to progress the story forward. Leading to a second half that just floundered with all concerned doing unlikely, improbable things.
Govinda brings up the two kids from infancy, rescuing them from a trash can. He’s an enforcer for a neta, handing out killing contracts to our heroic, more brawn than brains duo, who of course worship him and are willing to do anything at his command. Until Ranveer falls for Parineeti after saving her from gun-toting goons at a crowded discotheque. Earning her gratitude. And then discovering, via her and her friends circle, that its possible to earn a very good living by being good, honest too. Which then interferes with his work – I mean, you cant be a very good contract killer if you begin thinking too much about what you do, who is the victim, etc. And this, naturally, impedes his partner, Ali Zafar, and more than just annoys super boss, Govinda.
The performances are good and the opening songs add zing. There is a certain freshness to the film – Ranveer’s servility while dealing with Parineeti, Ali / Ranveer constantly pulling the leg of another of Govinda’s henchman, Parineeti’s cryptic sms’, which need a trip to the library to decipher, her dominating approach to Ranveeer, Ali and Ranveer’s cool pad, complete with a Marlboro poster, the open, haveli feel of Govinda’s hideout, the cool motorbike, fancy cars – there is enough to keep you going. I would give them some brownie points for at least not making it a boring, predictable love trianlge. But then you just wish it went somewhere, anywhere. You wish there was a better conflict resolution rather than the fortuitous, flimsy end. You wish the makers had spent more time fleshing out the idea, working on the script, than just relying on style, actors to keep us entertained. Fun, in parts, but could’ve been so much more…
Review Written By: Apurv Nagpal author of Eighteen Plus