Saturday, February 16, 2013


Last weekend I saw a movie after a very long hiatus. I had too many things on my plate to afford another 3-4 hours of deviation from my focussed activities. But then when I read the review, I decided to find some time to see this rather unusual film. My s-i-l had received two tickets from the company that financed this movie and he was not interested in watching the film and sent them over to us. Who does not like to have a 'free lunch'? So, I jumped on the idea and persuaded my better half to join me though she was a bit reluctant. Another 'disshum disshum', she asked. I said "No, this is a different movie''.  And so it was. It was a decision that I did not regret.

The movie is about a gang of impostors who have perfected the art of fooling the very rich (politicians and businessmen) - those who keep loads of black money and are unwilling to report the con act to the police. Their 'modus operandi' is to pose as officers from CBI and Income Tax and conduct massive raids with force, precision and speed to unearth the cash and other valuables and scout with the loot. The inspiration for the movie has been derived from a real heist which took place in the 80's at TBZ jewellery shop near Opera House, Mumbai. Ajju (Akshay Kumar), P K Sharma (Anupam Kher), Iqbal (Rajesh Sharma) and Joginder (Kishore Kadam) are the four members of the infamous gang. Manoj Bajpayee as the honest CBI cop Wasim Khan who decides to outsmart the crooks puts in a stellar performance. Jimmy Shergill is the police officer who turns a mole for the crooks. He acts convincingly.

Brilliantly directed by Neeraj Pandey, there is no dull moment in the film. His attention to detail is awesome. Akshay Kumar and Anupam Kher's performances are superb. Ajju (Akshay Kumar) is very stylish- dressed like a geek, holding thick files under his arm. His accomplice P K Sharma (Anupam Kher) does a fantastic job and in particular the scene in which he breaks down when questioned by CBI cop Wasim Khan, brings to the front his remarkable acting prowess.  Kajal Agarwal as Akshay Kumar's girl friend has a small role. Divya, colleague of Jimmy Shergill does her job as the role demands. The audacious plot keeps one focussed on the screen all the time. Excellent cinematography is another big plus in the movie. It is a fiction movie based on an actual occurence and therefore is actually a projection of a real-life incident.

How does this sarcastic and humorous film end? It is not on expected lines. I would not like to take away the suspense. Take the trouble to go to the movie hall and watch it. Paisa vasool.

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