Sanjay Dutt plays a new age lone ranger who has the latest weapons and gadgets at his fingertips, and is a man who trusts and depends on no one. Working alone, he effortlessly uses his wit, his skills at hand-to-hand combat, and his love for stealth technology, to manipulate and trap his elusive target. The target, played by ...more
Sanjay Dutt plays a new age lone ranger who has the latest weapons and gadgets at his fingertips, and is a man who trusts and depends on no one. Working alone, he effortlessly uses his wit, his skills at hand-to-hand combat, and his love for stealth technology, to manipulate and trap his elusive target. The target, played by Irrfan, is a street-smart investment banker who has made his way to the upper echelons of power. A man who unwittingly holds the key to Indias destiny. less
“A boring film. A one time watch on TV, if at all.”
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Confession: I have not seen the English movie of which this one is a knock off so I (thankfully) have no frame of reference.
I dont know why this movie is called Knock Out. The only reference to that comes right at the end of the movie in a dramatic flourish but is a feeble attempt at justifying the name. I have also never seen this sort of phone booth anywhere in the city with newspapers and bullet proof glass (why?) and a fancy phone and drawers to conveniently keep things like bombs. All it needs is a sofa, an Ac and a mini fridge and life would be perfect.
Anyway, Irfan Khan plays Bacchu, an investment banker with a weird hairstyle (which investment banker has such a hairstyle? I know plenty and all of them are conservative to a fault. If this was his cover it would be blown in a second) and a shady lifestyle where he handles big money for an equally shady politician played by Gulshan Grover. Sanjay Dutt plays a vigilante patriotic figure who wants to get all the money that the politician is hiding in Swiss bank accounts back into the country for which he sets up this elaborate trap for Bacchu in the swank phone booth. Kangana Ranawt is a TV reporter and there is an honest cop thrown in for good measure. All the action takes place in and around the fancy phone booth.
The movie is quite tightly shot and fast paced which makes it engrossing to watch but for the niggling thoughts that bug you like an itch and spoil the experience. For one, I wish the movie was just a thriller without the patriotic hook on which it hangs. It would have been much more fun to watch without the nationalistic jingoism and rousing national tunes as a background score at crucial moments. Maybe it will resonate with the audience in the wake of the CWG scandals but it does nothing for the movie. Even dialogues like Dil left mein hota hai lekin hamesha righ hota hai are corny and just serve to irritate.
Onto the performances. Irrfan Khan proves his abilities as a versatile actor and I especially liked his dance moves. Sanjay Dutt has to peer through a rifle and take aim most of the time or give knowing smiles like a compassionate God who wants to set the world right. The really irritating person here is Kangana who cannot decide whether she is an intelligent reporter who first discovers that there is a sniper on the scene (A pretty smart thing to do) or a ditzy wide eyed teenager who asks stupid questions in a breathless voice to the already harassed police officer. Her accent is as much a mystery as Salmans accent is. Maybe even she came with it from her mothers womb as Salman said in an interview recently. Gulshan Grover spoils his characterization of the politician with the stupid mannerism of sniffing the Vicks stick. Very hackneyed, very over done.
I guess if you have seen the original you should not be watching this one but if not it makes for a different kind of viewing from the regular fare. Plus its not too long so you wont feel like you have wasted a total evening.