(Pratap), Sumeet Raghavan (Mukund), Farhad, Giressh Sahedev, Zakir Hussain,
Duration: 2 hours 51 minutes
a film by A.R. Murugadoss
(also based on his Tamil film Thuppakki), is dedicated to Indian Military and
their families. I feel, it is challenging to review such movies because the
very intention behind making such movies turns out to be more important and the
issues / concepts handled / message conveyed through the movie take precedence
over the presentation of the movie. This movie highlights the presence of ‘Sleeper
Cells’ in our country. Sleeper cells’ people are trained terrorist guised as
common men in society. He / she may be
living amongst us – a neighbour, a friend or a mere acquaintance of ours. And
when they get the command from their ‘head’, they act, come out of their
shells, do bomb blasts and turn out to be the source of terror. In short,
sleeper cells mean a group of terrorists, who work very discreetly. Probably,
various members don’t even know one another. One particular aspect of this
movie is noticeable i.e. unlike other movies based on terrorism, here, sleeper
cells and terrorism are explained as byproducts of disgruntlement with
government / country. The movie also appreciates the challenges faced by the
Military force, who guard the border day and night to give us peaceful lives.
Yes, the pace of the movie is very slow, a thriller at slow pace (can we call
it a thriller?). Probably the tone of the movie is kept very light purposefully.
serves Indian Army as DIA (Defense Intelligence Agent – works on secret
mission), arrives Mumbai for his yearly holiday. As part of bride-hunting
process, his family takes him directly from the railway station to Saibaa’s
house (Sonakshy Sinha). Virat says no to Saibaa since he got the impression
that Saibaa is a shy girl, but later to his surprise, he finds just the
opposite Saibaa in the boxing ring during Mumbai Intercollegiate Competition. Rest,
you can definitely predict as far as the relationship status between Virat and
Saibaa is concerned.
Mukund (Sumeet Raghavan) coincidentally become witness to a bomb blast in a bus. Events
start unfolding from here. Virat manages to catch hold of one member of the sleeper
cell. With his alertness and focused strategy, he is even able to salvage Mumbai from exploding into flames. It is interesting to see (it could
also be sort of howlers for some), how Virat understands various cues, takes
lead from there and tries to get into the depth of the sleeper cell.
the movie, viz. Virat’s tips to Mukund to solve a case, Virat and Saibaa’s ‘yes-no’
game, Virat’s untimely salutation to his boss (Govinda) etc.
good action shots. Sonakshi as Saibaa has nothing much to do. She just appears
to be a filler in the movie. Virat-Saibaa romance doesn’t take off. Probably,
Murugadoss could have focused only on the main track of Terrorism, sleeper
cells etc, the side tracks could have been very well avoided. The Villain
Farhad has less screen time. His performance could have been more power-packed.
especially mentioned: jab hazaron ko maarne ki mansuba rakhne wale agar khud ko
maar sakte hain to raksha karne wale hum kyon nahi (When, people who intend to
kill others have the guts to kill themselves, then we who intend to save others,
why can’t we kill ourselves for this cause).
commitment of our Military officers i.e. one of the officer Joel, even after
losing his complete family to the terrorists’ bullets, he is all geared up and
back on duty along with Virat in his mission to explore sleeper cells and
finish the same.
is just one-man army confronting these deep-rooted sleeper cells in his own manner.
Virat’s flat hair style looks a bit weird.
a tribute to Indian Military and their families and a subject like terrorism
handled in a light-manner, is a pretty decent watch.