Tejas Movie Review: Kangana Ranaut's aerial actioner is all noise but no impact
Indian Air Force officer Tejas Gill (Kangana Ranaut) is assigned to lead a deadly mission wherein she has to rescue an Indian spy from a terrorist organization. However, we soon realize that this mission is fiercely personal for the dutiful solider.
- Sarvesh Mewara
- Kangana Ranaut,
- Ashish Vidyarthi,
- Varun Mitra,
- Anshul Chauhan,
- Vishak Nair
- aerial actioner
Sarvesh Mewara's Tejas is an ode to the courage, bravery and sacrificial spirit of the Indian Air Force. However, while one expects the message to tug at our heartstrings, this one gets too preachy and moralistic. Not only this but the blaring background score makes this one, 'more noise and less impact' in the literal sense.
The plot revolves around Tejas Gill (Kangana Ranaut) a fiercely patriotic and dutiful Indian Air Force officer who embarks on a deadly mission to rescue an Indian spy from the clutches of a terrorist organisation. When the movie progresses, only then do we know that this mission is personal for Tejas who has been through a remorseful tragedy. However, that has not deterred her fighting spirit as she gears up to head 'Mission Tejas.'
While the movie indeed serves as a love letter to the Indian Air Force, we wish the emotions generated were more raw and organic. The dialogues come across as overly preachy and jingoistic. At one point, we tend to wonder whether the writing is straight out of a school play. The background score which was meant to evoke an adrenaline rush becomes too loud and blaring with us not able to comprehend half of the dialogues.
However, one of the most underwhelming parts of the movie is its climax. In order to compile an aerial fight sequence along with the commandos detonating a terrorist attack in a temple, we find our attention wavering in several times pan. The screenplay does not allow a particular section a breather and we lose both focus and the interest in the ongoing sequences. Not to forget, some sections during the same are highly irrational and illogical. The scenes involving the fighter jet lack a touch of realism and comes across as artificial.
Talking about the performances, there's no doubt that Kangana Ranaut is a stupendous artist but there is something quite half-hearted about her performance in Tejas. Her dialogue delivery comes across as mechanical and preachy. Without eyeballs popping out and jaws clenched in most of the dialogue delivery, her performance almost looks inorganic and superficial. Instead, the supporting star cast like Varun Mitra, Vishak Nair, Ashish Vidyarthi and Anushul Chauhan do full justice to their characters.
Tejas in heart is a movie with an honest and riveting message. This one however goes amiss due to a shoddy execution. Kangana Ranaut's attempt does little to save this one.