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Desh Drohi  (2008 - Hindi)

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  • Desh Drohi rating: 2 out of 10(Pravir wrote on 24 Nov 2008)

    Situational controversy

    All credit to the Censor Board of India and the tribunal, this film has seen lights in the theatres at the most appropriate time for it’s makers, and they are raking in the money, which the film does not deserve…

    A good for nothing north Indian villager Raja (KRK) gets continuous bashing from his father (Ranjeet) for his inability to work in the family’s agriculture background. It’s his grandfather (Avtar Gill), who understands Raja and protects him all the time. Neha (Hrishita Bhatt) is Raja’s childhood friend who also has feelings of love for him. After his grandfather expires, Raja is taken to task by his father and he flees off from the village and lands up in Mumbai. There he searches his village friend Shekhar (Manoj Tiwari), who earlier told him about the money making opportunities in Mumbai. Raja is surprised to see Shekhar working as a guard of a building. From here, he faces the reality of life. A local goon gets killed by him accidentally and he now has to run for his life. Slowly he becomes the pawn in the hands of people with power including politicians. They use him to destroy the rivals. He gets support from his lady love Sonia (Gracy Singh) and police inspector (Zulfi Syed) – who is now the husband of Neha. How he understands the nexus and terminates all culprits is the rest of the story…

    The story is developed taking a few real life incidents and some fiction, with a subplot borrowed from Rajiv Rai’s “Mohra”. It’s an apology of a script. I believe this film was originally planned to be made in Bhojpuri with Dineshlal Yadav “Nirahua” or Krushna-bhishek (or any other nephew of Govinda) in the lead, but later they got an idea how to mint more money by creating controversies. I read somewhere that Irfan Khan and Jimmy Shergil (rightly) refused the lead role to the producer KRK, and in a rage he became the hero. But he disappoints big time. As a maker, he has taken loads of responsibilities on himself – story, screenplay, dialogue, producer, lyricist and hero, but he is not able to do justice to any of these roles. Technical aspects and production values of the film are bad. Dialogues have purposely provocating lines, but fail miserably in serious and emotional scenes. The director – Jagdish Sharma once made a desi Godfather film for the Thakareys (“Sapoot”), but doesn’t show any signs of maturity in dealing with this subject.

    Performances: KRK’s dialogue delivery is powerful but doesn’t match with his appearance / personality. It would have been better to take a Ravi Kishen or a Raja Chaudhary in this role. This is the most disgraceful appearance in Gracy Singh’s her entire career (as Sonia Patil Bike-waali). Hrishita Bhatt, Kim Sharma and Rosa have appeared only for their pocket money. Zulfi acted better in Big Boss-2. The film was wrongly promoted to have a dozen of baddies opposite solo KRK – Ranjeet, Kadar Khan, Aryan Vaid, Mukesh Tiwari, Aman Verma, Nirmal Pandey, Yashpal Sharma, Raza Murad, Mohan Joshi, Shiva, Avtar Gill and Rana Jang Bahadur, but all of them (except Aman, Yashpal and Mukesh Tiwari) have two-scenes-each appearances. Aman Verma and Mukesh Tiwari have played their parts alright.

    Music: Nikhil (of the earlier Nikhil-Vinay pair) has composed, what seems an endless string of songs for the film. Each one of them reminds the scores created for Gulshan Kumar music bank (and rightfully T-series has the music rights for this film). They have managed A-list of playback singers for this album – Sonu Nigam, Shaan, Udit Narayan, Sukhwinder, Shreya, and Mahalaxmi. A few songs are easy on ears, as they have that golden retro effect.

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