Tigmanshu Dhulia biggest contribution to Hindi cinema is that he gave us Haasil in which Irrfan has performed the best role he has ever done. The follow up to that called Charas was a disaster. He returns after 6 years with a film which is better than Charas but still not as good as Hassil.
Mohit Ahlawat is a sub inspector who joins Nana Patekars team in the crime branch only to realize how wickedly the system works. Very soon the world of cops, politician & gangsters collide in this thriller filled with ample of twists & turns.
1st Half right from his introduction scene this one becomes a Nana Patekar film all the way. As usual he has the best lines which only he can deliver well. Most of the first half is filled with setting up the characters. Even though he has done this character before it is always entertaining to watch him play this eccentric cop. Anurag Kashyap makes his debut in a full fledged role as Bunty Bhaiyya. He is fun to watch but he doesnt come out of the skin of himself and enter the psyche of his character . If Bunty Bhaiyya is supposed to be a dreaded gangster Anurag performance doesnt make us fear him instead he ends up as funny caricature of a don. The story doesnt move forward till the kidnap of Rimi Sen who does a bad version of a journalist. The twist at the interval point is smart and makes you sit up and take notice of the otherwise leisurely paced screenplay.
2nd half the story becomes an intriguing jigsaw puzzle and you are eager to see how it will end. Zakir Hussain & Anurag Kashyap gets enough meat in the 2nd half & are fun to watch. The only sore point of the film is Mohit Ahlawat. With zero expression he alone sinks this otherwise good film. I wish it was Anurag playing that role instead of him. The film needed a good actor to counter Nanas presence. Thankfully there is not a single song to break the flow but what was desperately required for this script was a faster pace and some new age story telling.
Final few words: this is not a film that will call you out to the theatres but it will surely find its audience on t.v and home video.
Rating : 2.5/5
Ticket meter : worth 100/- bucks