Films | Coffee with D- Movie Review

Coffee with D- Movie Review

Posted by Vivek on January 22, 2017 | No Comments

FILM – Coffee with D

PRODUCER – Vinod Ramani (producer), Mohan Sachdev (Co producer)

DIRECTOR – Vishal Mishra

WRITER – Aabhar Dadhich (dialogue & screen play), Vishal Mishra (story)

CAST – Sunil Grover, Zakir Hussain, Dipannita Sharma, Rajesh Sharma, Anjana Sukhani

MUSIC – Dhruv Dhalla (background music), Superbia

Coffee, with D, be it the event (which would be nothing short of a coup) or the concept as a film, is an intriguing prospect from the word go. Add another controversial, real-life personality and the mix gets even more interesting.

D refers to the notorious underworld Don Dawood Ibrahim, founder of D-Company, an organised crime syndicate and a wanted man on the Interpol list. Taking him head-on is a loud-mouthed, unscrupulous and popular star journalist Arnab Ghosh, the character clearly based on Arnab Goswami, the infamous talk show host and ex-editor at Times Now.

After being demoted at his news channel, Arnab (Sunil Grover) hits upon an idea, lent by his wife (Anjana Sukhani), of interviewing D. Arnab hatches a risky plan to draw D into his net. He gets what he wants and almost the entire second half of the film is the interview session between Arnab and D. Only that it is damp and dull.

The singular problem with the film seems to be it cannot make up its mind on its nature. Is it a satire? The first half seems to be. Is it a spoof? Goofball? Some parts say that too. But then immediately there are elements of a seriousness that seem more over-smartness. Neither Sunil Grover’s or Zakir Hussain’s efforts can save the unbalanced ship either.

If Grover’s Arnab is really supposed to be a take on Goswami then his portrayal lacks the sizzle and crackle of the real character. If D is supposed to be dangerous, smart and edgy Zakir Hussain’s portrayal almost borders on that of a delusional, comic conman. There is a spin the writers try to put in justifications of criminal activity and media activity which is meant to be a self-referential comment but gets lost in the mayhem of a loose plot and even looser argument for one.

The women, in fact perform far better, even if stuck in roles with little scope. Dipannita Sharma shows admirable conviction in a role not only thinly written but full of offensive and confounding insinuations. Anjana Sukhani as the pregnant, high on hormones, ex-crime reporter wife of Grover shines brighter than him, adding the much needed quirk to the sagging proceedings.

Apart from the wit that missed its mark, the production values of the film are abysmally low too, turning the whole exercise pointless. If only the concept had been given some more thought we’d have had a better time at the movies.

Fatema Kagalwala

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