Verdict - See it for Manoj Bajpayee's good acting
properly. There are references to some real scams which is all fine.
The leading characters sketched lack consistency . Both Manoj and Siddharth play mentor- protege at loggerheads over sensitive issues. They try to make their characters believable. Also Anupam Kher and Naseeruddin Shah who were superb in "A Wednesday "have poorly written cameos and do not impress at all. In some ways their talents appeared to have been wasted.
properly. There are references to some real scams which is all fine. The leading characters sketched lack consistency . Both Manoj and Siddharth pl...read more
properly. There are references to some real scams which is all fine.
The leading characters sketched lack consistency . Both Manoj and Siddharth play mentor- protege at loggerheads over sensitive issues. They try to make their characters believable. Also Anupam Kher and Naseeruddin Shah who were superb in "A Wednesday "have poorly written cameos and do not impress at all. In some ways their talents appeared to have been wasted. less
Who says the CBFC is a ' caged parrot'.In fact it's independent and bold enough to clear the film under review.Defence matters ,more so scams,are n...read more
Who says the CBFC is a ' caged parrot'.In fact it's independent and bold enough to clear the film under review.Defence matters ,more so scams,are no more a 'holi cow'.They are being reported and critically debated in the media.
Aiyaary deals with the ' murkier ' side of defence equipment and armament purchases.The ' over pricing',lobbying by the ' vested interests,both within and without.Tons of money flow in the supply chain where ' brokers and those close to power' facilitate sale.
A handful of 'rogues in uniform' are the ' villian' of the piece.
A secretive in house intelligence team set up by the army chief unearths their foreign links and the nefarious designs .The 'rogues' are brought to book.
The characters in the drama?
Col.Abhay Singh( Manoj Bajpayee) remains on the right side of his assignment throughout.He's honest and inspiring .
Major Jai Bakshi( Sidharth Malhotra) is ' mysterious till the end .Is he the ' mole' in the covert operations?
Vikram Gokhale ( the army chief Gen Pradeep Malik) is being ' offered' a bribe to tilt the sale in the side of vested interests.
Who are the traitors? Go see for your self?
Sonia,a kind of a hacker cum love interest ( Rakul Preet Singh ) of the major marks her underplayed but brief decent presence,
Anupam Kher( Tariq Ali) and Naseeruddin Shah( Babu Rao Shastri) are the civilian characters,the later being the ' whistle blower'.
Pooja Chopra( Captain Maya) represents the women in uniform.
The irking side? The length(160m) could have been pruned - scenes of Cairo and Kashmir could have been dropped in entire.Sidharth's profiling as the major leaves much to be desired - rides a bike in the heart of Delhi without a helmet? Is foolish and careless to expose himself to an unknown Sonia . Honey traping is often used to get secret imformation.Sid is a misfit in the assigned role.Subjectively speaking a Rajkummar Rao could have been more effective? The army chief's sounding of the pressures applied on him to the superior civilian authority is just brushed aside? Tea never gets served on the request of the chief?
Effective one liners-' Am not keen to have honest officers'( a rogue officer speaking to a junior);' Kashmir is an industry wherein all kind of vested interests fish( a senior officer suggesting to his junior);' dogs seem to be more faithful than the rogues in uniform'( the whistle blower to a serving officer);' why must the younger generation be accused of the legacy of corruption of yesteryears?( a junior officer to his superior).
All in all Aiyaary is a bold film.One hopes that it's not true to the core,or else? The pace is too slow.It's not n edge of the seat thriller.
Could be viewed as an eye opener though. less
Neeraj Pandey has time and again proved himself to be a film maker with a different vision. He had created waves with his debut film, A Wednesday. ...read more
Neeraj Pandey has time and again proved himself to be a film maker with a different vision. He had created waves with his debut film, A Wednesday. It was taut and not even for once missed to leave us in awe and suspense. It followed it up with Special 26 and Baby, both of which shone, despite a few flaws here and there. Then came M.S Dhoni that, despite being criticized for being a patronizing film, was an entertaining watch. Needless to say, a film that will have Pandey for screenplay, story and direction is expected to be top-notch. But Aiyaary falls flat on the face and is a major disappointment.
For starters, the story is about a Major Jai Bakshi (Sidharth Malhotra), who is in a special cover op (just like Baby) who has gone rogue and is all set to leak the information about their secret team. He is ready for this compromise for a reason and Cl. Abhay Singh (Manoj Bajpayee) would have to find him nd stop him. He is Jai's idol, who he loves dearly and follows, so he warns him that he has come across something and wants the entire team to leave.
Now I had a few problems. Throughout the film, I have no clue where Cl. Abhay Singh is supposed to go. Then again, what is the information that Jai has stumbled upon. I mean he cannot be so naive as he has been shown in the film, isn't it? And where was the climax and what was it all about is what I am still trying to figure in my head!
The film has so many loose ends that it will make many lose their patience. In fact, the entire first half was characterized by a sluggish pace. A few minutes before the interval did make us a little hopeful and excited, but the second half was just as disappointing as the first!
Coming to the female characters, I have no idea what they had been doing in the film. Both Maya and Sonia are just there for the sake of it and they have nothing very important to play. The film is also a waste of other good actors. While Manoj Bajpayee is the reason why you would want to watch the film, the acting prowess of Naseeruddin Shah, Anupam Kher and Adil Hussain are simply wasted!
The story, especially the climax is so bad that you might question that it is a Neeraj Pandey film. In fact, there has been a faint feeling that that maybe parts of the film has been cut r changed after the review by the Defense Ministry.
The only song that we heard was totally unnecessary and the chemistry too was boring. Sidharth Malhotra needs to work a little more on his expressions. He was distractingly handsome, not in a very good way. The only saving grace was Manoj Bajpayee.
You can watch the film if you have absolutely nothing to do this weekend. Or you can easily give this one a miss! less
Aiyaary is the first disappointment of the year in a lot of sense. Neeraj Pandey has been very consistent in his quality of movies till date. A Wed...read more
Aiyaary is the first disappointment of the year in a lot of sense. Neeraj Pandey has been very consistent in his quality of movies till date. A Wednesday,special26 and baby ensured that he has his own dedicated set of thriller movie fans.
Aiyaary is a damp squib. It has a screenplay which shows some promise till interval and you feel that the director is doing a steady build up of tense events till you realise that this movie had its best elements only before interval.
Manoj Vajpayi tries his best to rescue the movie but a screenplay less movie can never be salvaged. Probably in trying to go one up on his previous movies Pandey wanted to go one up here and in trying to be too intelligent he builds too many subplots and then completely fails to fuse them together in the end.
Right or wrong Pandey's movies have their own convincing logic and have a strongly built dose of nationalism. This one lacks both , why does Jai Bakshi go rogue is a plot point built with some interest but then it gets totally punctured by twenty minutes past interval.
Adil Hussain is totally wasted and naseeruddin shah is reduced to a AK Hangal kind of a caricature. This from a director who is known to build strong characters in his movies.
Sidharth Malhotra is decent in scenes which require subtle emotions but frankly a rogue officer needs to show far more intensity even though not over acting. SM totally lacks that angle in this movie. Therefore adds to the boredom of the movie.
Don't go for this one if you hold Neeraj Pandey in high regard like me. Am forgiving pandey this zero star ranking movie because of the super work he has done in the past. Am sure Pandey would want to wipe this one from the slate asap. less
Aiyaary meaning a shapeshifter or the ultimate trickery, directed by the usually dependable Neeraj Pandey (A Wednesday, Special 26, Baby, Dhoni) i...read more
Aiyaary meaning a shapeshifter or the ultimate trickery, directed by the usually dependable Neeraj Pandey (A Wednesday, Special 26, Baby, Dhoni) is a boring movie. The Director normally does a great job with dramatic action movies and is pretty good at telling a deft tale. However, Aiyaary does not have too many tricks or different personas and fails to deliver on a number of counts.
The story is based on corruption in the army. A top-secret team that does covert operations suddenly finds one of its team members missing. Turns out he is disillusioned by the system and finds it pointless to be a patriotic, loyal sucker when everyone else is making money. His senior Colonel Ajay Singh is a fiercely loyal Indian soldier who believes in doing his duty. The film meanders through this philosophical maze, landing up at the feet of the Adarsh building scam to provide it with an anchor.
Firstly, the movie is unbelievably long. Till the interval, there is absolutely no movement in the story. It keeps giving us small snippets of various people and goings-on and expects us to keep linking all these together. We could but it's just very boring to do so. Also, the Director insists on going into flashbacks much like an old grandmother who keeps meandering away from the topic while trying to tell you a story. I don't understand why we need to see everything in such excruciating detail. It doesn't add much beyond extra length and a short snooze for us poor viewers.
The bigger flaw to me is the motivation of the younger man to quit the army and go AWOL. He is assigned to do surveillance on the Army top brass and the level of corruption that he comes across while overhearing all these conversations disillusions him. That somehow is too weak a premise. Usually, a person gets motivated to take such a drastic step only when something impacts him personally or he comes across some huge injustice to a helpless person. A general disgust with the system doesn't a deserter make. You wait with interest to see what his reasons are and when you hear them it is a total a let -down.
The dramatic bits are too few and the conflict never really builds up. In the absence of one single idea around which to build the angst, the whole effort becomes too diffused. Perhaps the strongest dramatic point of the movie is the background music composed by Sanjoy Chaudhary which has to work extra hard to make you feel that something is about to happen. Its many flourishes and 'dhak-dhak' moments keep the excitement alive where none exists really.
Manoj Bajpai sinks his teeth into the role of Colonel Abhay Singh, the ruthless, straight-as-an-arrow officer who will kill without compunctions if you betray the country. He brings charisma and power to his role but sadly is let down by not having enough to do while being in every scene. You can't go charging around like a bull when there is no china shop around you. Sidharth Malhotra as Major Jai Bakshi is very bland and almost stony-faced with a sardonic all-knowing smile pasted on his face. For a person who is disgusted and frustrated enough to turn against his beloved officer and desert the army, he looks surprisingly detached. Even his romance with the sweet and simple Rakul Preet Singh who plays a crack hacker is devoid of passion and holds as much interest as outdated computer software. Adil Hussain (whose sidekick is called Roger, which he says in a rich plummy accent that sounds really funny)Anupam Kher and Naseeruddin play tiny cameos and Naseer as maybe some kind of lucky mascot gets to play a colourful character and also gets his own extended flashback, making the movie needlessly longer by several minutes.
Overall, this movie fails to impress or entertain. It picks a pertinent topic of corruption in the army and then proceeds to make it as boring as possible. Maybe, it has to be watched again to see the subtle ways in which it shows despair with the system but unfortunately I don't have the patience for that. Aiyaary doesn't shape shift or create interesting characters for itself. It remains one shapeless boring watch. less