Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on April 23, 2011 | No Comments

PRODUCER – Ramesh Sippy
DIRECTOR – Rohan Sippy
WRITER – Shridhar Raghavan (Story and screenplay, Purva Naresh (Dialogues)
CAST – Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu, Rana Dagubatti, Prateik Babbar, Aditya Pancholi
MUSIC – Pritam Chakraborty, R.D. Burman

Deepika sashays in a shredded sequined skirt mouthing brazen rebellion. She looks hot and the song sounds trashy-comic. Like the fake angst of a newly-born teenager pretending revolt under peer pressure. Or to get attention.

Surprisingly, the film is most part that too. Looks hot but is not more than a little trashy and a little comical, the latter of course, unintentionally.

So ACP Vishnu Kamath (Abhishek Bachchan) is a blood-thirsty-for-drug-dealers one-man army with, the usual sad past. (A past that haunts him in white sarees, get the comical now?) He is appointed by a Goan minister to clean up Goa. With Rane (Govind Namdeo) and Mercy (Muzammil) he sets out to do this job. Unknown to him he has two other accomplices on this mission. Corny dialogues that want to be smart and deadpan acting that wants to be intense. And no he isn’t an under-cover cop this time.

Involved in this drug game are Lorry (Prateik Babbar), Joki (Rana Dagubatti) and Zoe (Bipasha Basu), pawns in the hands of the white-collared ring master Lorsa Biscuita Aditya Pancholi). Despite a name as crunchy as that Aditya Pancholi makes a soggy, tea-dipped honcho. The rest of the cast then dutifully follow the two leading men in dutifully delivering unconcernedly half-baked performances, the worst coming from Prateik whose voice and whimpering leave a lot to be desired.

Director Rohan Sippy tries his best to jazz up Goa (like it needed any) with flash cuts, superimposes, sexy motion blurs and seemingly atrocious a-la RGV shots. But since he is pretending to be like Guy Ritchie, Tarantino, Fincher and all the other amazing foreign directors who make imaginative thrillers, this probably can be forgiven. His enamour itself is impressive. It takes real dedication to plow through so many Dvds.

The plot isn’t really vacant. Like the recent ‘Game’, it is the attitude that is vacant. It is formulaic but trying too hard to be cool. It is simply pretentious. Like the Deepika who pretends to be a dopey rebel but is just a sexy item girl, the film too pretends to be a mind-bending, pulse-racing, suspense-thriller but is just a chor-police flick.

Maybe, its worth a lazy watch for the glitz and glamour, sharp-cutting and racy (uh-oh) plot. That is if you can control your cringes. Or if you like to watch AB baby rap.

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