Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia
Cast: Jimmy Shergill, Mahie Gill, Randeep Hooda, Deepal Shah, Vipin Sharma
When you have no expectations and are treated to a beautifully captured film that is engrossing, it’s refreshing. This movie marks the return of Tigmanshu Dhulia, the director who made Haasil. The film does have its flaws but of the movies that released this Friday, this one is definitely worth watching.
The film is essentially a romance and the consequences that follow. But mind you, this is no ordinary boy-loves-girl love story. It’s a love for money, power respect and, most importantly, the self.
A nawab (Jimmy Shergill) and his wife (Mahie Gill) live in their royal inherited house but their lifestyle outstrips their wealth. The nawab is of the old school, which means he must maintain a grand lifestyle, quite literally, at any cost. He also has a mistress which causes his wife to have mental problems. His growing financial difficulties prompt him to take a revolutionary decision to organise contract killings. Meanwhile, he also campaigns for his political allies.
A rival group plants an ambitious man, Babloo (Randeep Hooda), as a driver for the nawab’s wife. She increasingly spends more and more time with the driver, and this turns into a fanatical relationship. How the tale goes forward forms the crux of the story.
Director Tigmanshu Dhulia keeps the story crisp with engrossing screenplay and snappy dialogue. But the main drawback of the film is that becomes very heavy. Dictated by reason, Dhulia places each character in a tight spot. Cinematography is good. Music and background score compliment the story. Editing is fine.
Performance-wise, Jimmy Shergill is true to his character and is excellent. Mahie Gill is fine. Randeep Hooda is brilliant. Deepal Shah has very little to do but does justice to her role. Vipin Sharma impresses.
Verdict: Though a well-executed film, lack of awareness will impact its prospects at the ticket counter. The masses will not be smitten by the film but certain sections of the audience definitely will. A losing proposition.