“Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher and Neeraj Pandey have done it again! ”
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Thank God for these secular, clean shaven, suited booted types Muslims for ye jo galey mau taveez, aankho mai kajal, kandho par that check wala scarf type Muslims hai na. So dangerous, and all agents and up to no good. But these clean achi Angrezi type Musalman should be someone we should have on our side. But wait, what about these other clean shaven, parha likha engineers, computer types from outside and attending jihadi camps from inside. So much confusion, no? I would say to avoid all this confusion, one should draw a X ka mark on their cheeks. Asli non dangerous Musalman ye hai mark idhar hai.
Baby the film demands a "logical" mind set as this.
Akshay, thank God it was Akshay, and not Salman and Saif--seriously, so Akshay plays a committed, secret agent/assasin on the Hindustan Hakumat service; the kind who work for the deshand write Indian in their religion column; tauba that they write Hindu and try to change the narrative that hey, perhaps it is all OK, one COULD be comfortable with their religious identity and the business of citizenship---and membership of one doesnt preclude you from peaceful coexistance and suspicion of the Other. Just a thought. Akshay is very good at his job, and he gets sent out for every important mission. A significant reason is that he has very well behaved kids, the kind who see their dad after a week and never scream AAP HAMARE LIYE KIYA LAAYE and go to bed at time too. He also has a very very understanding wife who rocks a chikankari suit, wears a mangalsutra and never nags him to take a call or pesters him about his line of work. The agency needs more guys like him.
Akshay's boss is Danny , the very good Muslim, who will tell his superiors that they need to do something about all these Indian Muslims being indoctrinated but more of a "well its happening if you guys would like to know just sayin' not that you all have to SIGNIFICANTLY change domestic policy and intercommunal relations and stop pestering me to shave and wear a suit to work while you are in a kurta . Whatever happened about casual Fridays , man? "
And there is "honey trap" (yup, that is how they introduce her) Taapsee Pannu who plays an agent and provides for the best ten minutes of the film and does more for nari mukti in her fifteen minutes appearance (for me) than all the Ranis in their Mardaanis. But we can discuss them elsewhere.
And we have all the sitare from Pakistan's Bold And the Dangerous , all except Mullah Burka (Maulana Aziz) which must be such a bummer when they get together at a hukka bar tonight "Kiya Aziz, you dont even make it to a "Also Was" when it comes to the Indian films?"
The movie isnt bad, dear readers, and I have to say that there are a couple of sequences when you worry sab kuch theek hojaye ga na.
And that they take on the Kingdom of Saud. But you know "baby steps" types.
So, go watch.
Even though Neeraj P dodges the Sonakshi...but patches on an item song. Sigh!