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Aazaan – Movie Review

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on October 14, 2011 | No Comments

PRODUCER – M. R. Shahjahan
DIRECTOR – Prashant Chadha
WRITER – Prashant Chadha, Shubra Swarup, Heeraz Marfatia.
CAST – Sachiin J Joshi, Candice Boucher, Ravi Kissen, Ally Khan, Sarita Chaudhury
MUSIC – Salim-Sulaiman

From the looks of it, there is everything to suggest Aazaan is yet another India-Pakistan enmity film. But Aazaan uses terrorism and its terrible history as a mere backdrop. The plot revolves around a RAW agent Aazan Khan (Sachiin Joshi) fighting an attack of biological warfare on India. Terrorist forces here are egotistical Mogambos who have little to do with territorial or religious passions and the heroes saving India are maverick intelligence agents.

Dubbed as one of the most expensive movies to have been made, Aazaan takes the route of an espionage thriller rooted in reality. It uses the terrorism angle with a certain depth and avoids breast-beating or rhetoric. Aazan is working as an undercover agent to recover the cure of the deadly virus Doctor (Sajid Hussian) has unleashed on India even as he is looking for his brother suspected to be part of those who carried out the London bombings. In this quest he meets and falls in love with Afreen, a Moroccan girl and a sand-artist. His mission takes him through rough terrains and landscapes both internal and external, helping him also exorcise a few ghosts of his past.

It is a gripping film as a thriller. Fantastic production values and elaborate action sequences present a stunning visual drama. It is a fight that is true to itself right till the finish and the taut script and snappy editing go a long way in completing this experience.

However, there is a large amount of twists and ambiguity in plot development that takes all the fun out of the narrative. The crispness takes the form of staccato mind-benders in dialogues and events. The sharp cross-cutting presents a stylish visual form but does little to provide the edge to the narrative, ending up more confounding than engaging.

Perhaps, also a significant amount of the failure of the film to engage is the miscast central protagonist and his singularly monotonous performance. Sachiin Joshi, as a tough RAW agent does not convince due to a distinct lack of screen presence and attitude. The stiff and stern look he carries on him throughout start looking like a single expression performance and no amount of elaborate visuals or hi-flying action is able to redeem this. His pairing with Candice Boucher, South African model seems jarring and the love story unconvincing.

The film presents some lilting tunes and the melody infuses the surreal and romantic tone to the rough film. Visually, the camera captures the raw terrains of desertland Afghanistan and verdant valleys with equal love and watching becomes a pleasure in itself.

The film creates a tangible world. But the script and over-stylised narrative ties itself up in more knots than one can imagine. Devoid of hooks, emotional or intellectual that makes one really care, it becomes a tapestry of mere good action sequences and little else.


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