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Directed by : Nikhil Advani

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9 years ago Wali Khan (Irrfan Khan) was sent into Karachi, Pakistan, by the Chief of R&AW Ashwini Rao (Nasser) to report the activities of the Most Wanted Man in India. 9 days ago Rudra Pratap Singh (Arjun Rampal) Indian Armed Forces, MARCOS unit, Zoya Rehman (Huma Qureshi) R&AW Explosives expert and Aslam (Akash Dhai...more


“D-Day starts off as a gripping thriller backed by great acting, but melodrama and an underdeveloped villain might disappoint.”

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Deewar kiya giri mere kache makaan ki, logon ne mere sehan me raaste bana liye.

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Deewar kiya giri mere kache makaan ki, logon ne mere sehan me raaste bana liye. Operation Neptune Spear in Abbotabad has been conducted, and it is open season for covert operations by the Indian Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs to start getting their Pravāsī Bhāratīyas in Pakistanhome in time for Eid too.

Or something like that.

For obvious reasons I watched the movie with great trepidation, waiting for the protagonists

(the artist formally known as Irfan Khan playing a sleeper RAW agent in Karachi, Huma Qureshi also a RAW agent masquerading as a British Pakistani, Arjun Rampal ex-army now RAW and Akaash Dahiya playing an underworld minion who has made a deal with RAW to win the confidences of and entry into Goldman/Iqbal Seth's inner circle)

to tumble down the rabbit hole and land into the Islamic Republic of Cliche' Land.

And was I in for a pleasant surprise. It was intermission time and other than the ubiquitous "Lets Name The Pakistani Bright Spark" Zoya, deck the halls with boughs of red and green flags, fa la la la Lala loves Qawwali, there was a nary a false step. It is 2013 so no faux Hina Rabani Khar in sight, though Irfan Khan's Wali Khan is playing happy families with a sassy Nafisa (Shriswara) will remind some of us of MNA Nafisa Shah when she was still a curly haired researcher. So yes it is interval time we have the four-member team descending on the "what were they smoking" when they named it Hotel Bait ul Zahab where a problematic, straining at his ISI leash, Non Resident Indian is driving up with his Sonny Corleone nephew to attend his son's wedding. Rajpal Yadav (as singer Bilal Peshawar Waley...Peshawar? and this chirkoot? seriously?) is crooning to a crowd of what we may call mailas , the team seems all set to repatriate the seth and then all hell breaks loose. Khaaya Piya Kuch Nahi Glass Toda Baara Aaney, says the staff of Hotel Bait Ul Zahab.

Now it is very unusual for Indian cinema that it is interval time and you have no idea of "what happens next" and you are so so eager to find out. Yes, it is strange to see a Karachi--the city by the sea and ummm no sea, but somehow you can't fault with a movie that remembers that for Karachi its most famous resident will always be Afridi. So yes it is interval time, the seth is channelling that other Karachi goodfella Altaf Hussain "bund karva do Karachi ko" and you hope and pray that what with all the cricketing references--Afridi, the hat tip to Sharjah ke Sixer bane Seth ke Samdhi; Nikhil Advani doesn't do a South Africa. Do Not Choke, Director Sa'ab.

And what a mad rollercoaster Advani leads us into, with nary a "But That's Not The Way It Is". So refreshing to see generals that are not caricatures of themselves, nary a henna bottle in sight, and that at one stage Border Security Forces stick to military convention and you know not Bollywood conventions, stand up and clap for the writers will ya.

Now why after charting all this new territory the soul of Sunny Deol had to rear up his head in this movie will be something that will continue to mystify me. And Kill Bill reprised slo mo to a romaans song. Seriously? But you know it could be worse. Advani could for the end credits have lined up all who walked towards the bright lights to do an item number.

That he did not do that. And for the other 150 minutes that could handle such a sensitive subject without ticking many of us off, I am definitely going to recommend this movie.

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