This one is strictly for movie lovers of 1980's and early 1990's. If you miss those kinds of movies and want to go back to the theaters to watch a few young actors preach to the nation in never-ending dialogues high with jingoism and low on acting skills, this is the right movie for you. Mehul Kumar, the director and producer works time machine magic brings back everything that other film makers have moved lightyears away from.
Krantiveer - The Revolution is retro cinema and idealism on overdose. And did I forget to mention some amateur acting from some fresh unprepared faces and some old faces which have not changed much since he last made Krantiveer. Only thing is...they should have been in some Film History museum instead of acting in the movie.
Pratap Narayan's (Nana Patekar) daughter Roshni (Jahan Bloch) debuts with the longest dialogue in the Hindi movie industry, which straight away catapults her to the records books. For a moment, I thought, she is singing Breathless by Shankar Mahadevan in prose, summarizing the current economic-political situation of the country. She is looking for job for 2 years, celebrating 25th interview which makes it about one a month and sometimes misses the interviews as she ends up fighting social causes on the way, like taking co-passengers in the bus to the police station, giving gyan to the police inspector, beating up the hapless guy in public and also giving some gyan on camera. Every time she faces the camera, you will worry...she will erupt and spurt out some venom on the current dismal situation of the country.
She also has time to dance in the club, which looks like a shoddily done film set on very low budget. And only way, you can make out, that it's a club is from five men in black attire, standing with expression-less faces posing as bouncers. With a few ill-choreographed dance moves where empty wrapped gift boxes double up as head gear, you realize this is no Pappu Can't Dance Saala from Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Naa.
From busting builder-politician nexus to exposing top industrialists asking for sexual favor from women employees in a sting operation, Roshni handles all in a never-ending day's work. Suddenly, out of nowhere you find a reclusive judge (Darshan Jariwala) being brought into the picture, just to show dig up some past story to give fuel to the revolution where politicians framed one honest policeman, who was hanged for no fault of his. And the Police Officer's son, Vishal (Samir Aftab) is none other than Ranjeet, the Army man's grandson who is also undergoing Army training...but decides to give up for fighting a war on media, instead of going to enemy frontiers.
There are also two other young characters, making up the foursome. There is builder Bhatia's son, Goldie and Chief Minister Patankar's son Uday...they all happen to be good friends with Roshni and Vishal. Also, there is an angle of jealousy in the group, as Goldie loves Roshni but Roshni loves Vishal. However, they put differences aside to fight the war.
There is also communal tension, old song footage and very loud background score as integral part of the movie...and with very innovative dialogues like "issues bane tissues (paper)" and "joh santri nahin ban sakte, woh banne chale pradhan mantri", the film leaves no stones unturned to take you back in time to 1980's as promised.
There is also an item number titled Firangi Paani with a foreign dancer named Ms. India and few other skimpily clad foreign extras. Couldn't confirm, if they had any partnership with the resto-pub of same name. However, the low budget was never more apparent, as during this song, when the politicians and his cronies shower fake currency notes (like the ones used in Monopoly board games) on the dancers.
Govind Namdeo plays the villain politician character along with cliched performances from the other cast. While Farida Jalal has been promoted from playing mother to grandmother, Suhasini Mulay plays India's Woman President in a cameo giving a discourse to the nation urging people to cast their vote in elections. Live India TV channel plays throughout the movie on all TV's in power on mode.
This is one "filmi" Revolution, the country will definitely avoid. Today's youth will find very little in common with the stars or to identify with the so called revolution. There were too many issues to handle in a short span of time. Maybe, Mehul Kumar still can't get over the fact, that his style of film making and story telling has no takers today. Maybe, he wanted to make Rang De Basanti, but unfortunately...it doesn't quite add up. I will give 1 start for the idea and one star for the efforts.
P.S. The ticker playing on Live TV doesn't change throughout the movie, whether they are showing a movie, news, breaking news or interviews.