''Save Your Plane for Yourself!''
Just when We feel We’ve had enough of wafer-thin plots and dragging narratives, Here comes one more as Kunal Shivdasani makes his directorial debut with Hijack wasting, oops I mean starring Shiney Ahuja and Esha Deol in the lead and K K Raina in a secondary role.
The film revolves around a Hijack that is planned by a Group of terrorists who take this initiative to get Rasheed ( K.K.Raina), one of their co-leagues released from the law. Vikram (Shiney Ahuja) is a maintenance chief at the airport where the plane lands for re-fuelling. Co-incidentally, Vikram’s daughter Priya is on the same plane. While the Ministers twiddle their thumbs whether to bend to the hijackers’ wish or not, Vikram decides to rescue the plane from the terrorists, and save his daughter. Does he succees or not ??
I wonder if the film had any solid written script as such. Infact, the film didn’t have a protagonist, with whom It could relate the events and make the audience connect to the film on an emotional level. Instead, We have been forced to bear sub-plots in plenty, that deviate the film from its point and bore us to no end. The on-goings are hugely predictable, and fail to generate any interest what-so-ever. Things only become worse in 2nd half, as we find ourselves a witness to the lead characters doing the weirdest of things, probably to make the film last for some more minutes. The film also tries its hand at satire on Political dirty minds, quite exaggeratedly though. And then, The director wants to throw in some silly sentimentality by trying to cash on the trauma of the fellow passengers. And how does he do that ?? with a looming close-up (annoyingly accompanied with a SAD song in the background) on their worried faces. Ohh gimme a break!
Shiney Ahuja tried hard to salvage the film, but is left in the cold due to a sketchy characterisation. How one wished that The director brought out more about his character than dwell on the pathos of all the nearly blink-n-miss characters that merelt worked as extras. Esha Deol is wasted as usual, barring one scene where She does manage to bring genuine expressions on her face. Its good to see K K Raina more often now a days, but sir, Please choose roles that can display more of your untapped talent. From the rest of the Cast, No one really made an impact.
The limited special effects were amateurish. Songs just worked as a speed-breaker (as usual, again!), though the 'Aksar' number rocked. The film also boasts of a very nicely directed action scene. But thats about it!
When in the climax, You see Esha Deol with perfect make up even when she is in a stretcher after getting shot (Sorry for the spoiler, only partial though), You only get reassured that The makers made no efforts what-so-ever on the writing or its execution. So You too needn’t make any special efforts to watch this one either. Save your plane, I mean your Money for Yourself.
Rating – 1.75