Producers: Deepak Jalan, Sarita Jalan, Hrishita Bhatt
Director: Shubh Mukherjee
Cast: Shubh Mukherjee, Harsh Parekh, Saurabh Shukla, Raghuvir Yadav, Aamna Sharif, Zakir Hussain
Music: Salim Merchant, Sulaiman Merchant
While making an unconventional film, check the pros and cons of the subject. Shakal Pe Mat Ja lacks the freshness required by its screenplay. And even if its funny title builds expectations, there’s nothing else that makes this film worthwhile.
The story revolves around four amateur filmmakers who become victims of suspicion at the Delhi airport on a high-alert day. The police pounce on them when they take a picture of an American aircraft that is a terrorist target, for their documentary film on terrorism. Now they’re viewed as prospective terrorists, until they actually foil a terrorist’s plot to plant a bomb in one of the flights taking off from the airport.
Director Shubh Mukherjee fails to appropriately connect his screenplay. The script lacks finesse and the segue is missing. Apart from kicking yourself for deciding to watch this film, you pity the supporting cast. They’ve given powerful performances in other movies but here, they’re made to shout, pull faces and frown. They’re talented people reduced to pathetic caricatures. As for cinematic liberties, this movie is record-breaking in this department. The execution too fails to make an impression.
There are some entertaining scenes but these are lost in a screenplay that is so agonising that you barely notice the capers. The entire film has a certain fakeness and the climax is the only scene that draws some attention.
Apart from the commotion, the clash between the four suspects and the police is not enjoyable. The dialogue between them is repetitive, and apart from a few good one-liners, the writers have re-used old gags.
The dialogue is vague and often repetitive. Cinematography is average. Editing could have been sharp. Background score is decent.
Performance-wise, Shubh Mukherjee plays his part well. Harsh Parekh shows promise and is very good. Saurabh Shukla is loud. Raghuvir Yadav is okay. Aamna Sharif does well. The rest of the cast provides adequate support.