What’s It About
Acid Factory is about five men (Fardeen Khan, Manoj Bajpayee, Aftab Shivdasani, Dino Morea and Danny Denzongpa) who wake up in a warehouse to realize they have momentarily lost their memory due to a gas leak. The exit doors are locked and there is no way out. Their sense of right or wrong is heightened by this state of complete distrust and self righteousness. The story, thus, is basically a morality play on inside and a cat and mouse chase between a mafia kingpin (Irrfan Khan) and a police officer (Gulshan Grover) outside.
The basic concept of the film offers scope but, as they say, if the concept is complex, the treatment should be simple. If the plot would have been solely based on the suspicions, insecurities and hapless condition of the protagonists, the film would definitely have been a gripping brain-teaser. But, here there are two stories running parallel, one that happened few weeks ago and the other one, which is happening in the present. In fact, the treatment of the film (the way the story keeps oscillating between the past and the present) gives away the suspense way before the end.
Irrfan Khan as mafia don, Kaizad, is the mainstay of the film. He has delivered a great performance with a powerful screen presence. Dia Mirza looks gorgeous but, as far as the expressions are concerned, she tries too hard to portray a total negative character. Fardeen Khan is all style. Danny Denzongpa looks good and fresh and fits nicely with the young actors. Manoj Bajpai reminds one of Mahesh Manjerekar in Kaante. Aftab Shivdasani acts well. Dino Morea looks good and acts well as a wise-crack loudmouth. Gulshan Grover, as a police officer, fits in the character.
Technically, the film has finesse (though the sepia tone and the camera shots remind one of Sanjay Gupta’s Kaante). Sahil Kapoor’s cinematography is good. The stunts are also par excellence. The action by Tinu Verma deserves mention. Dialogues by Saurabh Shukla and Sanjay Gupta fail to impress. The editing is sleek. The only song (an item number by Manasi Scott) is added to titillate. The background score creates an appropriate atmosphere required for this action thriller.
After Ek Khiladi Ek Hasina, this is Suparn Verma’s second film. He has done a fair job.
Acid Factory lacks on face value and, hence, a draw. With weak opening, there is nothing to consolidate it any further.