The story is set in contemporary India in a small town of Rajasthan. A coalition Government, troubled by corruption and communalism, is on the verge of collapsing due to fights within the coalition partners. All the ministers are making efforts to save the Government, but still it appears that the Government will fall.
The story is set in contemporary India in a small town of Rajasthan. A coalition Government, troubled by corruption and communalism, is on the verge of collapsing due to fights within the coalition partners. All the ministers are making efforts to save the Government, but still it appears that the Government will fall. less
“A truly worth watching political satire packed with humor, sincere performances and outstanding dialogues. ”
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Every now and then, I complain about how innovation is dying in Hindi Cinema and no director these days wants to experiment with new concepts. For a very pleasant change, it was really heartening to see the Pinjar director ‘Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi’ putting up such a sincere satire called Zed Plus which deals with the previously untouched intricacies and issues associated with the Z security provided by the Indian Government.
The story is set in Fatehpur, a small town of Rajasthan known for its ‘Peepal wale Peer ki dargah’. A distressed Prime Minister (Kulbushan Kharbanda) visits the Dargah to seek blessings and encounters with Aslam (Adil Hussain), the puncturewala and also the one-day Khadim of the Dargah who is also troubled by his neighbor Habib (Mukesh Tiwari) over a widow in the same manner India is troubled by Pakistan over Kashmir. Aslam expresses his grief to the PM and a miscommunication leads to Aslam being granted Zed Plus Security. How his life changes is the rest of the story.
The plot in itself is a very unique one and audience will enjoy every bit of it. Even the treatment by Dr. Dwivedi is commendable as it never goes on to being preachy and lets you take home your own insights. The Kashmir metaphor and the super-witty dialogues are the icing on the cake. “Sarkar Karti Hai, Janta Bharti hai”, “ Paisa Aur Power ka ye daldal chaashni hai, jismein ek baar doob jao toh log bade paer chaat-te hain” “Pichwade mein teer toh yaad aaye Peer” are few of the outstanding dialogues in the movie.
The first half is quick and fun. The second half dips a bit but is intense and ends on a high note. The best part is that there is no nonsensical song in the movie with a perfectly suitable background score.
After a shaky start, Adil Hussain pulls off Aslam splendidly, especially in the last speech he delivers. He rightly suits the “Stupid Common Man”. K.K.Raina as Dixit/Dicksit is a pleasure to watch. Mona Singh and others deliver modest performances. But it’s really the small characters and the wonderful direction that make the movie what it is.
The message I take home – ‘Although the truth is zed level dangerous, but its power is the strongest.’ Everybody must have this Zed Plus.