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Maximum critic rating (Hindustan Times): 2
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Maximum critic rating (Times of India): 3
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Maximum critic rating (DNA India): 2

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Maximum  (2012 - Hindi)

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Maximum cumulative rating: 2.15 out of 52.15/5 (118 users)

Maximum critics rating: 1.95 out of 5 1.95/5 (18 critics)

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  • Maximum-Size Concept, Minimal Efforts…

    Maximum rating: 4 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 29 Jun 2012)

    Films with Metropolitans as their main backdrop have been one of the most popular formats in our Hindi film for more than two decades now, where the list is topped by our financial capital Mumbai and after a huge gap comes our National capital Delhi. People have witnessed films based on Mumbai in all sorts of genres – Romantic, Thriller, Suspense, Drama, Politics, Social Issues, Comedy and most importantly, Cops and Gangster based films. Very few filmmakers however have managed to capture the right spirit of Mumbai or use it in a proper manner as a main element in their films, while the rest made it look repetitive and at times done to death. Maximum, another film based on encounter-specialist cops and their internal conflict, releases today featuring Mumbai as the main protagonist. Let’s find out whether this film will do proper justice or we might see another clone…

    Story is about two super-cops {Sonu Sood and Naseeruddin Shah} who want to get maximum power after the end of Mafia-Raj in Mumbai. It’s all about their internal rivalry which is showcased from 2003 till recent times. However, such stories need good screenplay and that’s where this film fails miserably as a tight screenplay is highly missing. Film just keeps going on and on, but nothing special happens to grab your eyeballs. Also the film becomes one-cop-story after sometime, leaving another cop to become a mere villain in the plot. The movie is not about Good or bad, or even black and white, but about grey and dark grey. Besides on or two scenes featuring these two main actors, there are no highlight-scenes in this film. Also, the film moves at a snail’s pae and the whole thriller element is lost somewhere in between. The audience fails to connect to the internal conflict between these two cops which are plain bland and juvenile at times. Also at several occasions, the movie changes its focus from the conflict to personal life of Sonu Sood’s character which was totally uncalled for. Camera work is good but fails to capture the Mumbaiyya Spirit. Recently we witnessed a fantastic example in ‘Kahaani’ where the makers used the Kolkata city in a remarkable manner, but out here one will remember it as clone of Ram Gopal Verma type of films showing just local trains or Nariman point. The movie is hardly around 2 hours, but still seems lengthy due to its slow pace and lack of dramatic pulls in its script.

    Music director Devi Sri Prasad's song “Aa Ante Amalapuram" {Inspired by super hit Telugu film - Arya (2004)} is the only saving grace as far as music is concerned. Rest all songs are not worthy to be remembered. Background music is much better than the original score.

    Kabeer Kaushik made a fantastic debut with Arshad Warsi Starrer ‘Sehar’. The movie was very hard-hitting and showcased the political train mafia of Central India. Sadly, it didnt get its deserved due. After ‘Sehar’, he made ‘Chamku’ and ‘Hum Tum Aur Ghost’ which were half baked products. With ‘Maximum’, we did expect him to give us another hard-hitting thriller like ‘Sehar’ but sadly all we got was just great star cast, good concept and very weak screenplay. In ‘Sehar’ too the narration was slow, but that worked in favor of the film as it helps mounting the tension; thanks to superb screenplay. Out here nothing such happens and the movie just keeps going on and on and suddenly a typical filmy climax and it’s over.

    Sonu Sood looks superb as an encounter specialist cop; he tries to give in his 100% in this weak-scripted film. Its only due to his presence and that of Naseerudin Shah that one manages to sit through the entire film. Naseerudin Shah looks great but is highly wasted. If the makers had actually used the internal conflict between the two cops from both side, we would actually have had a fantastic film on our hands. Neha Dhupia was artificial. Vinay Pathak was weak. Amit Sadh was a welcome change in such films. Arya Babbar looked the same as he looks in all his dozen flop films. Mohan Agashe is fine. Swanand Kirkire is a good support. Rajendra Gupta and Anjani Sukhani are good in their part.

    So bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ is film mein kitna hai Dum?

    Dum hai, lekin sirf concept and decent performances mein. Rest all is just plain waste of time. If only the makers would have worked little hard over the writing department, we could have another great film like ‘Mumbai Meri Jaan’ or “A Wednesday’. On overall basis, this film has a ‘Maximum size’ concept but the efforts are minimal.

    Ratings: 2/5

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