Starring Sunny Deol, Sunil Shetty, Ajay Jadeja and Celina Jaitley, Suhashini Mulay, Supriya Karnik, Gulshan Grover, Mohan Joshi, Akhilendra Misra, Vijay Raaz, Vivek Shauq.
Direction : Yusuf Khan
Music: Daboo Malik, Baboo Mall
ReViewed by Akshay Shah
a memorable teamup in J.P Duttas war epic BORDER and a a disastrous
effort in Harry Bawejas KHEL-Sunny Deol and Suniel Shetty re-team in
debutant Yusuf Khans KHEL which promised to b e a twisty turny
thriller full of twists and boasted of some of the best action
sequences ever witnessed in Bollywood! Sadly it disapoints in both
accounts and if it wasn't for some smashing performance by Sunny Deol
and Suniel Shetty KHEL would have been a total DUD.
film revolves around Rohan Poddar (Ajay
happy-go-lucky do-gooder who lives alone on his ancestral property
living off the money he gets from his familys trust. He is a good
citizen who believes in helping everyone sees the good in everyone.
Rohans best friend is Dev Mallaya (Suniel Shetty)-a super rich shrewd and crude businessman who is famous for his style of operating. He has never lost in any form in his life and doesn't plan to either! Dev lives with his grandmother (Suhashini Mulay) who he loves very much.
on the other hand unaware of Devs feelings, falls in love with Rohan
and vice versa.
a twist of fate Rohan accidentially kills a girl that he was trying to
save from some goons. In court Rohan is sentenced to life imprisonment
which leaves Saanjh heartbroken. End of story? Nope..the real game
to Rohans knowledge Dev had bought the police officer handling the
case(Gulshan Grover) the defence(Akhilendra Misra) and
prosection(Mohan Joshi). His aim was to get Rohan sentenced knowing
that he was innocent so that Saanjh will come running back into his
arms and that is exactly what happens...
Now enters Assistant Commisioner of Police Rajveer Scindia (Sunny Deol). Rajveer upon meeting Rohan is convinced that he is innocent and is part of a dangerous game in which he was framed. How he gets the case reopened and gets to the bottom of this "khel" forms the crux of the movie.
terms of a story Yusuf Khans efforts come across as a mixed bag. The
first half of the movie moves at a snails pace and are extrenely
uninteresting and boring. The culmination of the love triangle and the
establishing of the charatcres is dull. It is only in the second half
that the film picks up momentum and gets interesting and as a writer
Khan has incorporated the necessary twists and turns needed for the
genre. But Khans script
is let down by a absolutely contrived, cliched and bogwashed
screenplay. Dillip Shuklas screenplays leaves a lot to be desired for
and kills the movie. So many scenes are left unexplained and one finds
it hard to find grip in the movie with so many inconsistencies. Take
for example why Sunny Deol is so easily convinced that Ajay is
innocent after meeting him once for a couple of minutes?
a director-Yusuf Khan is OK. He relies heavily on cliches when it
comes to the romantic sequences in the first half and the entire
portion of light sequences and romance bores the viewer to no end. In
the second half he shows sparks of brilliant when Sunny Deol enters
the scene. The confrontation sequence between Sunny Deol and Suniel
Shetty are simply brilliant and the dialogue baazi between them is a
delight to watch. He directs the second half with maturity and shows
he knows his mettle if aided by a decent screenplay. He is a extremely
stylised director which works well in his favour. The entire movie is
glossy and there is STYLE in each and every frame and he has directed
the flick in a trendy manner.
Unfortunately for him, even the well directed second half falls apart when the climax comes as the climax is a absolute let down and feels like that the whole "khel" was childs play and all the hype was for nothing. One was expecting a few more twists and turns towards the end but the film just ends in a abrupt manner which again disapoints the viewer. Better luck to Yusuf Khan for next venture.
the acting front the entire film belongs to 2 key players!
Shetty gives a
excellent performance! Yet again a anti-hero after DHADKAN he plays
his role with utmost conviction and keeps the viewer hooked with his
performance. His screen presence is electric and his looks have
improved on screen. He plays his role with a stylish flair which he
pulls off with extreme confidence-the holding of a unlit cigarette and
the style in which he lights and smokes it reminds one of Rajnikant.
Also his wardrobe is fantastic. His
dialogue delivery has also improved vastly and he doesn't go overboard
at all. His expressions are spot on and his ability to express his
emotions with his eyes are excellent. What really deserves a applaud
is that he manages to hold his own against a giant like Sunny Deol in
the confrontation scenes. Although Suniel Shetty may not be able to
give a solo hit as a leading hero he certainly makes one helluva
Deol breathes life into the movie. Right from his entry the entire
graph of the movie elevates greatly.
Its great to see Sunny Deol in a role of substance which offers
him something different not mouthing his patriotic lines and bashing
pakistan since thats all hes been doing of late. KHEL shows that Sunny
can still offer a lot more than that. Like his much famous performance
in DAMINI Sunnys character enters the movie interval point but boy
does he deliver a power punched performance. Also Sunnys role here is
performance oriented throughout as opposed to action oriented. He only
has 2 action sequences in the movie and they have been shot extremely
well. To his credit Deol gets to do what he is extremely good
at...dialogue baazi. His scenes with Suniel Shetty as brilliant and
his dialogue delivery is
emmaculate. His scenes with Gulshan Grover are also well recieved. He
definetly has a comic flair thats for sure. Lets hope that Sunny Deol
gets more character based roles in films to come...
Jadeja is a absolute dead loss. This boy cannot act if his life
depended on it and he looks like a absolute duffer on screen. His
facial expressions are black throughout the movie and his dialogue
delivery is simply AWFUL! He looks like a dork in the romantic scenes
this has to be one of the WORST debut performance i have ever seen...Nuff
Jaitley gives a OK performance. For her debut film she does what
she is best at...looks SMASHING!! No doubt she is one of the best
looking females in Bollywood at the moment and has a body that would
have most males drooling. In terms of acting-she gives it her best
shot with a role that doesn't offer that much scope. Although her
facial expressions are good, she needs to work on her voice modulation
and needs to go easy on the makeup in some scenes. Her inexperience
shows in some scenes like when she is expected to cry.
the supporting cast everyone fits the bills correctly. Suhashini Mulay
is effective in her role. Gulshan Grover plays a role that he has
played a dozen times before. Ditto for Mohan Joshi. Akhilendra Misra
is getting type-cast a villan when he is capable of much more. Vjay
Raaz is wasted in a role which gives him no room to perform. Supriya
Karnik and Vivek Shauq are as expected
terms of music the movie is also a disapointed. Daboo Maliks tunes
don't catch the viewers fancy and even the picturisations are
ordinary. CHAD GAYEE and CHORI CHORI are just average.
Even the much hyped SHARRATE sounds better on the album.
On the other hand the background score is MINDBLOWING! The music gives the movie another dimension and one truly feels that a background score like this was wasted in this movie.
the film is a polished product although Suniel Shettys statement that
"KHEL WILL BE THE BEST ACTION FILM" is by far one of the
stupidest statements i have heard. Abbas Ali Moghuls action is
good-yet by no means GREAT even. One has witnessed better action in
films like THE HERO, QAYAMAT and ZAMEEN this year and KHEL falls lame
in comparison. All the
action scenes have nothing new to offer except the X-Ray vision of
bones crunching in the finale which
is ripped off from ROMEO MUST DIE. Sunny Deols introductory action
sequence and the finale must be given a special mention to since they
are well canned.
camerawork is sharp, slick and snazzy. The manner in which the camera
works everytime Suniel Shettys character is on screen is extremely
As expected Yusuf Khans editing is superb since that is his orignal job. One wishes that he had snipped one of the songs in the first half to fasten the films pace.
up KHEL is a huge disapointment and if not for the smashing
performances of Sunny Deol and Suniel Shetty the film would be just
another typical actioner. The line NO ORDINARY GAME can also be
renamed to AN ORDINARY GAME!
THE PANEL ROOM
PANELROOM SCORE: 2.5/5
X-tremely Good: 0 Positive: 0 Mixed : 4 Negative: 0
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