There are movies which are blessed with a trusted star casts, a reputed director and an interesting subject. Despite this well made potpourri, they somehow fail to make an impact. Sadly, D-Day belongs to this category. Owing to its ineffective treatment, it fails to leave an impression upon you.
D-Day (not Dry-Day, not dooms-Day, the 'D' is a reference made to Dawood), directed by Nikhil Advani starts on a promising note with four RAW undercover agents about to put the last nail into the coffin and nab the most wanted man of India, played by Rishi Kapoor (Goldman). From a moment of crescendo into that high octane action scene, the movie goes into a flashback to establish the 4 characters narrated by Irrfan Khan (Wali). Wali has been living a double life Pakistan for last nine years to keep an eye on Goldman and has a wife with a child. Rudra (Arjun) is a suspended Army officer, Zoya (Huma) is on the verge of a break up with her husband, and Aslam (Akash) is disguised as a chauffeur for Goldman. Thrown in is an out of box love angle between Rudra and Suraiya (Shruti Hassan). When the mission fails, all the agents are left to fend for themselves and thrive under challenging circumstances. What ensues is a bird-dog game between these agents and Pakistan.
Beneath a high voltage action packed offering, D-Day has emotions of its protagonists reeling with love and lost feelings. Despite on a national mission involving risk of lives, their emotionally wrenching present keeps them in double minds. Having these well tested ingredients, D-Day fails to make your day owing to myriad loose ends which I won’t discuss for the fear of spoiling your fun.
Few scenes worthy of mentions are: Rajpal Yadav jumping like a monkey while singing "Laaal meri.. Ohhh Laal meri" (Monkey=Laal, naughtyyyy??) and the song "Alvida'' which had my heart in my mouth.
Performance wise, it's simply Irrfan and Arjun with their tout dialogue deliveries and on screen persona. Rishi Kapoor in yet another act of a terror-monger can’t match upto his performance in Agneepath and is merely left speaking with a cornered facial expressions behind his flashy glares.
Nikhil Advani in his attempts to redeem his misdeeds of "Chandni Chowk to China" and "Salaam-e-Ishq" misses by a whisker.
D-Day for me is simply an opportunity went begging of being an outstanding action thriller.