Another male bonding film, another burning topic dripping with contemporary relevance. This time it’s the Land Acquisition Act.
The plot: Four gangsters from Kanjhwala, Haryana, Rajbir (Parvin Dabas), “Sexy” (Vansh Bhardwaj), Ambani (Ashish Nair) and Doctor (Kuldeep Ruhil) are content with their petty dhandha till a major job offer comes their way –they will be paid a huge amount for going against the farmers of their village whose land has been acquired for peanuts by a greedy government.The bad guys with good hearts don’t bite the tempting bait and choose to quietly work against their menacing boss Fauji (Sharat Sexena). Their clumsy attempts at doing the right thing in the wrong way win them a string of enemies and even bring them up against the sarkar, until they emerge triumphant.
The good: The plot is interesting, springing from a problem which is increasingly prevalent in rural areas. Farmers were affected but nobody really cared. The film’s treatment cleverly keeps in mind both the law and the entertainment aspect.The practices and pursuits of rural life (the traditional kushti, for instance), are authentically depicted, as is the comradeship between the guys, which is warm and endearing. The first half keeps you absorbed, even as the film is in no hurry to unfold the theme.Special mention is due to Parvin Dabas, who portrays his layered character with conviction and handles the story, his performance and the direction of the movie with equal poise. The dialogues are snappy, making it a fun watch.The cinematography by Anshul Chobey is fresh, adding a warm touch to the usual north Indian rustic scenes. The performances are sincere, with the ensemble cast (most of them raw) giving it an authentic feel.As a viewer one’s only grouse is that Anupam Kher could have been given a part befitting his stature as an actor. The CM’s son Hitu Gulata (Udit Khurana) comes across as surprisingly real. And Kiran Joneja (in a Sheila Dixit role as CM) is a change from the usual Punjabi screen mom.
The bad: Certain details make you wonder – is it really that easy to kidnap a Chief Minister’s son? And is it that easy for him to shake off his kidnappers and flee? That and a few other questions are left unanswered.Another weak point: The ending seems a bit too pat and contrived. It’s not well-thought-out and boils down to the usual clichéd dharna and media brouhaha.There are times when the film gets too long and certain scenes are stretched.
Overall: A contemporary story on an issue that cries out to be resolved, with the right amount of drama, twists and turns to keep you engrossed for most of the way. So go and get involved!
– Pooja Thakkar