At atleast one point in time, I have been a fan of the pivotal players of this game Department. RGV(Rangeela), Sanjay Dutt(Vaastav) & Amitabh Bachchan(40 years of legendary stuff); so when they all come together in a seemingly weird looking venture, I hope its atleast watchable, if not great. So how does Department fare?
This one makes RGV is Aag look like The Dark Knight.
The story is about 2 cops waging a war against crime. They form a separate department to do this. Do they manage?
All they manage to do is play with the audience till you give up. No seriously. While this film doesnt warrant a review, following are some of the reasons why you may choose/choose not to watch Department:
1. Tight shots of an unshapely Sanjay Dutt. These include crotch-shots, leg-shots.
2. Tight shots of a weirdly stupid villains moll, sucking on a malai kulfi & seductively eating an apple. These include crotch-shots, leg-shots, ass-shots.
3.Tight shots of Deepak Tijori (Yes, you read right).
4.Tight shots of choreographer Ganesh Acharya shaking his moneymaker.
5.Deepak Tijori dancing.
6.The legend Mr.Amitabh Bachchan with an Agneepath hangover. Sir, you deserve much better.
7.An item number that will send a shiver down your spine. I havent seen anything this cringeworthy since Kaanta Laga. Nathalia Kaur gyrating in her nothings. Literally.
8.A dialogue that has a reference to a pigeon wiping its derrire to become fair.
If you arent aware, let me fill you in on the shooting style. RGV has gone all over talking about the innovative way in which the film has been shot. I guarantee you, if every person in the hall doesnt have a headache in the first 10 minutes, I shall quit writing. The camera moves from first person, to the face, to the thighs, to inside cups & behind the steering wheel. All this is on loop as the camera goes round and round the mulberry bush all through 130 minutes. While we are all of for innovation, its not at the cost of being tortured. Please do share experiences.
The only half-star this film gets is for the effort put in by Rana Dagubatti. This fellow tries his level best to bring some semblance to this madness. Hope he gets chooses films in the future.
As for the rest, all I can say is that Ram Gopal Varma has made some fine films in his time, but this is just unreal. To see such a film hit screens pains you as it has names whom we have loved & who have enthralled us with great cinema earlier.
I hope atleast one of his financiers reads this review/note & believes that someone who is a fan of the movies has been wronged.
P.S - And NO, its not unintentionally funny either. You will thank me for saving your money