If you ever find a room with a bunch of gentlemen fully absorbed watching a foreign DVD and frantically taking down online notes, the probability of the guys belonging to Guptaji gang is 50%. Needless to say, those notes would have nothing but a mapping of who from bollywood is going to play which original character and where to insert pole dancing and / or beach scenes…
Five hunks and one hunky (Fardeen Khan, Manoj Bajpayee, Danny, Dino Morea, Aftab Shivdasani and Dia Mirza) get back to their senses, only to find themselves locked inside an old acid factory situated in Cape Town. They seem to be in some sort of amnesia and fail to recognize not only each other, but themselves as well. Two of them are even tied up. A phone call from an outsider (Irrfan) adds to the confusion. They try to figure out what caused all this, and start with discovering that their state of mind is a result of inhaling the dangerous Pentane C5H12 which was stored in the factory, and that the phone call was made by the boss of the gang whose four members kidnapped the rest two persons inside the factory for ransom and killing, and that the hunky is in fact the muse of the boss.
The effect of the gas wipes out and each one of them starts getting the memory back in bits and pieces. The boss is on his way with the ransom he got from one of the captive’s wife (Neha) under the nose of a highly inefficient cop (Gulshan Grover). What reveals when they all meet and who is playing what role / game is what is described next…
Right through his eight odd year career, Suparn Verma has been addictive to adapting foreign thrillers in bollywood. In fact “Chhal”, “Qayamat” and “Zameen” even turned out well; unfortunately none was directed by him. This time he lifts the right story with good potential for a sleek edge of the seat thriller, but fails by a lackluster screenplay, awkward dialogues and uninspired performances. With Saurabh Shukla in the writing crew, this wasn’t expected. Finding a kitchen, with a working fridge and eatables in a deserted and locked factory is such a lousy writing. None of the six carry any identification, mobile, purse, credit cards etc is also a loose point. The premise is in Cape Town but you hardly have locals
Being a White Feathers product, the Sanjay Gupta style is inevitable. The editing is crisp and one of the few positives in the film, in addition to Irrfan’s comic timing and inspired action sequences. And those raunchy / saucy numbers actually come as a sigh of relief. Rest is strictly average. “Eno” sales are likely to shoot up.
Performances: Irrfan, Manoj Bajpayee, Danny and Gulshan Grover were the only ones with whom there were expectations. Gulshan Grover disappoints in a very generic Jagdish Raaj type of role. Danny is natural but must be cringing from inside deep of his heart thinking about those golden days of “Khoon Khoon”, “Dhund”, “Kanoon Kya Karega”, “Andar Bahar” and “36 Ghante” when inspired thrillers were indeed spine chilling. Irrfan does his role with ease and is the best of the lot. Manoj Bajpayee hams, but he is the one who actually would have freaked out while making this film. Neha comes as a package deal with Manoj and has inconsequential role. Aftab, Fardeen, Dino and Dia should work only those films with titles similar sounding to ‘Hum Nahin Sudhrenge”.
Music: Whether a successful “Kaante” or a debacle “Musafir”, the music was the high point of Sanjay Gupta’s earlier movies. Anand Raaj Anand and Vishal / Shekhar indeed worked hard on the scores which is (and will be) remembered always. Here he assembles a fauj of composers and lyricists, who fail to give a single song to sustain in a longer run. Even a dependable Shamir Tandon disappoints.