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Department – Digital Equipment The Only Novelty

Posted by Vivek on May 18, 2012 | No Comments

Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Screenplay: Nilesh Girkar
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Abhimanyu Singh, Rana Dugabatti, Vijay Raaz, Lakshmi Manchu, Madhu Shalini

Department has new technology in the form of the ultra inexpensive Canon 5D camera and the use of natural locations, instead of sets (for the most part) going for it. It also has some fine locations and views of Mumbai and a reasonably good start to a story.
But fifteen minutes into the film, the movie becomes a mish mash of “seen that been there,” unexplained twists in Characters, primarily Sanjay Dutt’s and Amitabh’s is never really understood, camera that moves in all angles and almost becomes a source of headache for the viewer and a length of two and a half hours when 1 hour fifteen would have more than sufficed.

There is nothing new from a story angle in this film. There is almost everything new from a technology and study of filmmaking, for the audience. But sadly this film is not being shown to a group of students learning how to make effective use of a low budget, it is meant to transport the paying audience into a world that the filmmaker has presented and it does nothing close to that.

The only way it can then attempt to capture the audience is by throwing in some raunchy songs and scenes, with the hope that the audience will get into the film. The half baked characters, about whom we really don’t care much don’t capture us at all.
There was an abundance of potential talent in the cast, but when the whole body of the film is based on something so hackneyed, especially from someone who had really taken Indian cinema forward, is really hard to view and get into.

The cast do their job as best as can be expected, but with the advent of movies like Vicky Donor, etc, the audience expectation for 2012 has changed and attempting to take us back to 2008 is not going to do it. Even the dialogues seem as if they have been spoken in a prior film.

The music is good and some fine shots of Mumbai have been captured in the camera, but a soul is desperately needed.

 

VIVEK KUMAR

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