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Shagird  : Take a walk, guru
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Friday, May 13, 2011
Action - Thriller
Tigmanshu Dhulia
Nana Patekar, Mohit, Rimi, Zakir Hussain, Anurag Kashyap
Another saga on the nexus between cops and politicians with its own quirky twists and turns, peppered by powerful performances. But marred by a shoddy plot lacking in any semblance of novelty.

The plot: Corrupt cop Hanumanth Singh (Nana Patekar) who has an ear for vintage Hindi film songs and can instantly say which song was written by which lyricist and who composed it for which film, is equally cosy with corrupt politicians like Zakir Hussain and gangsters like Bunty Bhaiya (Anurag Kashyap). It’s all for the noble cause of sending his wife (Kishori Shahane in an impressive cameo) and kid to New Zealand on a holiday. The drama begins when a new recruit (Mohit Ahlawat) joins him only to learn the tricks of the trade and pay back his superior in the same coin.

The good: A fast-paced narrative where amorphous men in uniform set about cleaning the city in a seemingly non-traditional manner, by being hand in glove with the corrupt. Nana Patekar is effective and Anurag Kashyap is a revelation as an actor.

The bad: Though you are initially ensnared by the thrilling chases and shoot-outs in the crowded bylanes of the Capital on handycam, the excitement wears off as you start looking for a solid plot. With one-dimensional characters, no emotional connect and nothing new or endearing to say, Shagird passes by leaving you untouched and somnolent.
Mohit Ahlawat tends to be poker-faced and bereft of facial expressions and Hrishitaa Bhatt makes a sorry spectacle of herself by appearing as an item girl.
Songs in this genre are not really necessary but music director Abhishek Ray does a commendable job with the background score, resorting to pregnant silence in certain sequences.

Overall: The film fails to strike a chord in the hearts of the audience.
            – Jyothi Venkatesh

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