Cast: Ajay Devgn, Ileana D’Cruz, Saurabh Shukla
Director: Raj Kumar Gupta
Story & dialogues: Ritesh Shah
Screenplay: Raj Kumar Gupta, Ritesh Shah
Producers: Abhishek Pathak, Kumar Mangat Pathak, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar
Production company: Panorama Studios, T-Series
Music director: Amit Trivedi, Tanishk Bagchi
Cinematographer: Alphonse Roy
Editor: Bodhaditya Banerjee
Release date: 16-03-2018
Censor certificate: UA
Run time: 1hr, 58mins
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama
Ajay Devgn is an Income Tax officer who gets information about black money at the big shot Saurabh Shukla’s residence from an informer. He gathers at the bungalow with his colleagues in order to raid. What happens in the progress forms the crux of the story.
Ajay Devgn has delivered a neat performance and has given a subtle tone suiting his role. Saurabh Shukla is truly the highlight, his acting is fantastic and highly impressive. Ileana has played her part without any mistakes. Ritesh Shah’s script is good and gives an original feel. Dialogues are very decent, also strengthens the game with seriousness. Raj Kumar Gupta’s direction is pretty fine, portions in which the writing is powerful. There are certain high points blend along with the content, hence quite a scream to watch. The raid sequences are interesting and pulls the attention easily. Art department’s work is nice which goes well along the period. Alphonse Roy’s cinematography is apt for the 80s, the lighting work too. Climax twist ends the picture on an impressive note, free up the logic mistake as well. A small play with late Prime Minister ‘Indira Gandhi’ has been done, and it is a worthy one in deed.
Screenplay writers could’ve added more spices and tight elements to the movie, as the flow moves on a flat pace with just few happening moments. Ileana D’Cruz is totally unnecessary to the core plot, she’s just added as relief factor to the film. Song placements are inappropriate and just covers up the commercial space. Amit Trivedi and Tanishk Bagchi’s songs are just average and does not help out. Background music somehow fails to live up and off no use to the situations. Side characters are filled up in high numbers, but none of them create any impact. Editing is poor, both the showcasing pattern as well as the cuts which are mostly abrupt.
TO CONCLUDE – First class performances, content and few high points make this short crime drama an one time watch.
Movie Rating – 2.5/ 5.
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