|KAGAAR- living on the edge|
Starring Amitabh Dayal, Nandita Das, Om Puri, Vijay Raaz
Direction : N. Chandra
Music: Vishal Bhardwaj
ReViewed by Akshay Shah
ReViewed by Akshay Shah
N.Chandra has always been a director associated with serious films. Right from his earlier films like PRATIGHAAT and ANKUSH to his latter films like NARSIMHA, TEZAAB and WAJOOD. One was very surprised when he resorted to making mindless and pointless comedies like STYLE and its mundane sequel XCUSE ME.
now gets backk to his true roots with another hard hitting film...this
time it revolves around the life of a encounter specialist and the
film is loosely based on the real life character Daya Naik.
film revolves around village simpleton Bhaskar Sarnaik (Amitabh
Dayal). He comes to
the big bad city of Mumbai in search of his brother only to find out
that his brother has been shot dead. Out of determination he decides
to become a police officer and is aided by
sub inspector Gokhale (Om
hearted officer who sympathises with Bhaskar. Gokhale soon introduces
Bhaskar into the world of encounter killing where the baddies are
bumped off by the cops in
fake encounters and Bhaskar soon becomes a killing machine killing
over 70 people.
marries a girl from his village who is thrilled with the idea of
marrying a heroic cop and life seems to be going steady for Bhaskar...untill
he finds out that his childhood buddy Adi (Anoop
Soni) has become a
member of the underworld. Soon Bhaskar gets suspended for allegedly
being hand in glove with Adi and this hurts his ego as being a cop is
the only thing he cares about more than anything...
unravels next is a cat and mouse thriller between the two
killers....one on the right side of the law and the other on the wrong
side of the law..
a writer, Sujeet Sen has written a fairly interesting story. The film
takes a realistic look at the lives of cops without the gloss and
glamour that is usually portrayed.The film moves on a singular track
and leaves the viewer enthralled throughout. Although the proceedings
do tend to get a little bit slow they are hardly ever boring.
just wishes the film was more hard hitting. The script of the movie
allowed for a lot more confrontations between Bhaskar and the crooks
and also Adi showing how Bhaskar slowly becomes a encounter
specialist. Sadly this angle is rushed and not shown properly apart
from the first scene in the movie.
a director N.Chandra is back to what he does best! KAGAAR falls into
the same genre as his earlier films ANKUSH and PRATIGHAAT although it
doesnt match up to these 2 films. The film is a realistic, stark and
morbid look at the world of cops and Chandra seems completely focussed
at what hes doing.
KAGAAR faills to have the hammerstrong impact that a film of this
nature demands. Apart from the initial opening sequence which gives
the viewer the impression that KAGAAR is going to be a loud and bold
movie...it slowly falls into the category of a slow moving drama until
the post interval where the proceedings pick up pace again. Cop films
like ARDH SATYA or the more recent SHOOL and GANGAJAAL projected
realism on screen, portrayed their officers as down to earth
"real" men and managed to keep the film hard hitting and
entertainging throughout. KAGAAR succeeds in the first 2 sectors but
falls in the latter.
narrative technique must be given full marks. The manner in which the
film unfolds is spectacular and the technique is novel and reminds one
of a film noir. One just hopes that Chandra sticks to directing films
of this nature and doesn't resort back to the likes of STYLE.
performances in the movie act as the backbone of the movie.
Amitabh Dayal leaves a hammerstrong impact with his debut performance
in a rolel that demands him to exhibit a gamut of emotions from a
simple village boy to a hardened cop. His acting is natural to the
core and he is equally impressive in emotional and dramatic scenes. He
also manages to change his looks effectively-one finds his
transformation convincing from a village boy to a cop.
needs to watch himself in some scenes as he doesn't look very camera
friendly and is on the borderline of acting...but all these will
improve over time. Also Dayal will most likely be thrown in the dark
doldrums of offbeat cinema as he doesn't have the typical looks
require by most heroes in Bollywood these days although he does have a
barrell of talent.
Puri in a supporting stint is as effective as ever. He has played a
role of a similar nature before and he fits into his role
effortlessley and gives a flawless and natural performance.
Das is superb in a underwritten role. She doesn't get many scenes to
exhibit her talent and that is indeed very sad. In the one scene where
officers come to search Bhaskars house and her outburst alone shows
what a powerful actress she is. The
chemistry she shares with Amitabh is also natural
last essential character in the movie is Adi played by Anoop Soni.
Soni plays his role perfectly and provides the perfect enemy for
Amitabhs character. The two characters have so many similarities yet
are so different in many ways. Their interactions together provide the
best moments in the movie which makes the climax all the more
the film is below mark. The BHASKAR IS A HAPPY MAN track seems silly. Manoj
Guptas cinematography is also below mark and the film seems a bit
jaded at times.
the other hand Bhikhu Vermas action is tight and hardhitting making
for some exciting viewing and Surinder Sodhis music is perfect keeping
in touch with the mood of the movie
All up KAGAAR is definetly worth a dekkho for those who love their realistic and hardhitting films. The film lacks any form of masala and those who love the likes of ANDAZ, ISHK VISHK etc will be highly disapointed. With some tighter direction KAGAAR could have been a lot better and definetly kept the viewer "on the edge" throughout.
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