Be it mature theme of gigolos, non-vegetarian comedy or suspense thrillers, Deepak Tijori has tried his hands on all genres in the past six years, unfortunately without big financial / critical success so far. This is his third thriller film, which unfortunately turns out to be the weakest of the lot…
Criminal lawyer Arjun Kapoor (Arjun Rampal) has built his immensely successful career and reputation by getting clean chits to all sorts of hardcore criminals from the courts, and he is proud of his deeds. While defending his close friend in a molestation case, he is confronted by the grieved parents of the girl, which changes his life altogether. He tries to reverse the hearing in the court before the final verdict, but fails. Disillusioned, he gives up his practice and takes a sabbatical to Goa, leaving behind his pretty assistant cum girlfriend Urvashi (Sagarika Ghatge).
An ex-lawman Dr McNamara meets him and offers him his unpublished novel on crime to read and review. He finishes the novel overnight and visits Dr the next day, only to be informed by a police officer that the Dr has passed away in the morning. Arjun tries to get the novel published through a leading publication headed by Sophia (Udita Goswami). She agrees immediately and it turns out to be a bestseller. Somebody sends an autographed copy to the crime branch officer Yashwant Deshmukh (Sunny Deol), who discovers that the criminal murders described in the novel are actual unresolved murder cases in the police files. He arrests Arjun on the charge of committing those murders. Who wants to frame Arjun and why, forms the rest of the story…
Writing is at major fault and fails to lift the mood of the film. Initial 15-20 minutes do raise some curiosity towards witnessing a decent thriller, but it is disappointing in the last hour. The thrill quotient is very low and average to bad acting doesn’t help either.
Having Sunny Deol in the lead cast makes one expect heavy dose of action sequences, but the role disappoints. All his colleagues and subordinates are scared of him, but the reasons for that are unknown. He is hardly shown working apart from detaining and interrogating Arjun. The climax and its execution is a big let down. Many sequences including Yashwant reading the novel in his office, Arjun’s detention and interrogation, Sophia bursting into dance numbers every now and then, and most importantly the pathetic manner in which a noted criminal lawyer of Arjun’s caliber tries to defend himself, are major minuses of the film.
Performances: Arjun Rampal is in his usual self - expressionless and flat acting. His character does not invoke any sympathy. He even tries to copy SRK’s hairstyle and dialogue delivery in the court scenes. Sagarika and Udita have nice screen presence and do their bits right, but are constrained by their limited opportunities. Sunny Deol probably signed it for an image change, but looks disinterested. Vishwajit Pradhan and Ravi Gosain are hardly there. New face Vipul Gupta as Arjun’s friend is passable.
Music: Monty’s music is nothing to rave about. He seems to be competing with the likes of Daboo Malik and Bappa Lahiri with these numbers. Not good for him.