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Movie Details:

Star cast - 


Ajay DevganShriya SaranTabuRajat Kapoor, Ishita Dutta, Kamlesh Sawant

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Release: July 31st 2015 

Directed by: Nishikant Kamat

Produced byKumar Mangat Pathak, Ajit Andhare, 
Abhishek Pathak

Written by: Upendra Sidhaye

Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
Music: Vishal Bhardwaj

The movie is a re-make of a Malayalam movie that made history in becoming the highest grossing Malayalam movie in 30 days. Ekta Kapoor had claimed that the film is based on the Japanese author Keigo Higashino's book, The Devotion of Suspect X , but the Malayalam film's director is said to have denied it.


MOVIE REVIEW ...

THREE THINGS THE MOVIE HAS GOING FOR IT ...

#1. The Cast: Ajay Devgan has, as always, executed the role to perfection. Some say that in the original Malayalam version, Mohanlal has done a better job. Not seen the Malayalam version, but love Ajay Devgan's subtle and understated approach to character portrayal. His body language, his subdued style of talking- all present a package that exude depth. With every new movie, he reminds us why we love him so much. Tabu is par excellence as I.G. police and so is Ishita Dutta (Tanushree Dutta's sister) as the older daughter- especially considering that she is 24 and played the role of a 16-year-old. Everyone else does a good job- Shriya Sharan as the young mother,  Rajat Kapoor as Tabu's husband, Mrunal Jadhav as the second daughter, Kamlesh Sawant as a cop, etc.

#2. The Plot and the pace-

The plot is riveting and the pace just perfect. Boy takes video of a girl unbeknownst to her. From that point onward the movie takes you on a ride you're not likely to forget, climaxing and never disappointing! Enough said.

#3. The Set/ Locations

The movie is shot in Goa. Apart from a few beautiful panoramic shots, the focus is not really the beauty of Goa- its beaches or the architecture or the cultural Portugal influence. Yet, the look and feel is captivating.The greenery, the buildings, the rain- all stare-worthy.

THE NOT SO CONVINCING ANGLES ...

#1. Character introduction : Ajay Devgan plays the part of a perfect family man who uses every bit of his brain power to protect his family. Except that his character wasn't introduced in that particular manner with respect to his family. He stood up for the weak, yes. He was a simple man, yes. But he was made to come across as a husband who went home for sex alone. He was portrayed as a father who stayed away from his responsibility. This was in stark contradiction to how the movie plays out.

#2.The age difference between Ajay Devgan and his wife- at first, you go- not again! When will the film-makers learn? What is wrong with the producers? Ajay Devgan would have looked so much more graceful against an actress closer to his age- Manisha Koirala, Sushmita Sen, Kajol, Juhi Chawla- to name a few. However, there is a scene that convinces you that the much younger actress was there for a reason- that scene being the one where she seems as clueless as her daughter in the face of adversity (don't want to reveal the plot). A more matured mother would probably have handled it better- but then there would be no story, right? So for once, we'll let the age difference pass. Especially since the purpose of keeping a pretty young thing was not to lure in the street crowd with a skin and dance show. Shriya Saran carried herself well and with grace, Interestingly, though, the lead in the Malyalam film is not as young and seems appropriate against the male lead.

We Say:

We say this is undoubtedly a  MUST WATCH MOVIE with your entire family.  Of course, the obvious reasons are the plot, the locations and the cast, but there is more to the movie than the thrill of the perfectly woven plot, the practical yet eye catching sets and locations, the exemplary acting, And this is what that is- an opportunity to have an at-length discussions with your daughters and son-

1. to tell your daughter to be always vigilant, to not allow any boy to take pictures and videos of you, to do your best to not be in a situation where your privacy is compromised. BUT if that does happen- knowingly or unknowingly, IT IS NOT THE END OF THE WORLD. Tell her that her body is just like any other body- prettier than millions and less so than millions. Tell her to not let herself be blackmailed, to hold her head high under any circumstances, to not be embarrassed or worse, shamed by the actions of others.

2. to tell your son to never ever take a girl's picture or video of her without her permission. If you don't teach your son to be a gentleman, others will teach him that bad deeds lead to ugly outcomes. 

Let this movie be a lesson for all parents- parents of daughters, as well as sons! 


By Sonal Kulshrestha

(Sonal is a programmer by profession and a writer by passion. She is an avid movie goer. She lives in Texas, USA) 


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