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#Ungli(Hindi) Rating: * * ½ Aiming to touch a chord with the common man but not with any great finesse or passion. This sort of ‘expose’ vigilantism has become passé now. This film has come a couple of years too late to connect with the audience! #DharmaProductions #KaranJohar #NilouferQuereshi #RaindropMedia #RensilD’Silva #MFilms #AAFilmsNationwide #EmraanHashmi #SanjayDutt #RandeepHooda #NehaDhupia #KanganaRanaut
Hindi Film Review
Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Sanjay Dutt, Randeep Hooda Kangana Ranaut, Neil Bhoopalam, Angad bedi, Neha Dhupia
Director: Rensil D’silva
Rating: * * ½
Social crusades have now become grist for the stunted imagination of Bollywood’s so-called creative forces. This one mixes it up with vigilantism in order to score it’s punches. But weak moves and poor choices on issues to tackle, puts paid to any entertainment. This one’s a regular Hindi movie trying hard to be different and it shows. Rensil D’silva(infamous for Qurbaan) gets into the all-in-one act with dialogues, story, screenplay and direction credited to him so there isn’t much cause to blame anyone else for the sloppy misinformed plotting. Also the lack of cohesive reasoning is unpardonable. Deepa Bhatia, editing expert extraordinaire does her best to make the film racier and more exciting but the narrative just doesn’t have what it takes.
Abhay (Randeep Hooda) a hot-shot crime reporter, Maya(Kangana Ranaut) –a medical intern &Ricky’s sister, Kalim( Angad Bedi)- a mechanic and Goti(Neil Bhoopalam)- an IT expert, are friends who band together after a life-threatening attack on their trainer Ricky(Arunoday Singh) who is now comatose and is on life-support. Instead of seeking to avenge the attack on Ricky, they choose an innocuous looking old man’s fight for his pension as their first salvo against corruption in the system. The deed done, the video footage is sent to a TV channel and pronto the expose is a done deed. Now the cops , Inspector Kale(Sanjay Dutt) and Nikhil(Emraan Hashmi) are after the desi Robin hoods. And before you know it, Nikhil infiltrates the gang, gets close to Maya and also betrays their trust and then goes back to join them in their crusade against corruption and injustice.
This is basically a good idea gone to seed for lack of application and focused intent. We’ve seen many such attempts in the recent past- a slew of unremarkable non-starters at the Box-office, and there’s really nothing much to distinguish this one either. Packed with some well-known(Kangana Ranaut, Randeep Hooda, Emraan Hashmi) , has-beens(Sanjay Dutt, Neha Dhupia, Arunoday Singh)and little known names(Neil bhoopalam, Angad Bedi) from the industry, there’s not much attraction in the casting either. The actors sell their stock-in-trade without much effort so there’s no take-home there either. None of them are able to rise above the infantile mechanics of this jumpy script. Rensil shows us that he hasn’t gotten over his ‘Rang De Basanti’ co-scripting success and tries his best to infuse the same energy and plot- ploys for effect. But the inadequate exposition and a poor climax makes it that much more uninteresting. The songs and dances come at inappropriate moments while the showy dialogues make the experience all the more unrealistic. The lack of a consistent sensibility is certainly a bummer. Show your middle finger to this one!