If Challenge 2 has tried to project Dev as an action hero, then the other commercial release ‘Astra’ has tried to project Joy as an action hero. The film is an action thriller alright, but the concoction is a little strange.
Joy plays the part of Baban ,a dreaded gangster who has been brought up by Mansoor and is under the tutelage of Fiaz. He uses Baban to settle scores with his rival Mukhtar. Incidentally a minister also uses Fiaz to use Baban in turn. Baban goes on shooting at random and that happens on a regular basis. He comes across Koena ,a journalist and they fall in love without Koena knowing his real identity. However when she does get to know his real identity, she is shattered. She does again starts believing in Baban when he confides in her. There is also a Shambhuda who protects Baban from everyone (also indebted to Fiaz for giving him a new life, but gets killed by Fiaz later on). Baban becomes a pawn in the hands of Fiaz, Mukhtar and the minister as everyone wants to use him to fulfill their own needs. The end is tragic.
The film is a strange action love story and the tragic end is not good one for a film getting released on Panchami. Joy has done a good job and the new face Samapika is okay, but a few things are inconsistent. Like for example for most of the film, Joy dons extremely long hair, but in a few scenes, again he has normal hair. There was no reason for Baban to suddenly fall in love so fast and so sudden and vice versa! If the love angle wouldn’t have been there, maybe it could have better . The film has a lot of bloodshed, violence, action and people are literally bumped off at regular intervals till the very end. None of the songs are worth recalling.
The name Astra means weapon, but in the film it has double meanings-that of a actual weapon and a human being used as a weapon or as a show of strength in the form of Baban.
The character artistes all play their part well.