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Red Alert - The War Within  (2010 - Hindi)

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  • On the thin Red Line….

    Red Alert - The War Within rating: 6 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 09 Jul 2010)

    Films based on current topics have been a tempting theme for both Hollywood and Bollywood films. But the difference between us and them is there is more of reality and ours is more of fiction. They make the impact by making the characters realistic, out here most make them as caricature. We have all those loads of Kashmiri Villains, Afghani Terrorist, Corrupt North Indian Politicians, etc. but then there have been few hard hitting films which have an upper edge than the most. The latest topic now a days is the Naxalites attack, and we have seen not much but very few films based on this moment such as K.A.Abaas – Mithun Smita Patil starrer “Naxalites’, Nandita Das Starrer ‘Laal Salaam’, Sudhir Mishra’s ‘hazaron khwahishen aisi’ and few more. Barring few rest all on this topic have tried to be as much real as they can and ‘Red Alert’ too promises to fit in those rare hard hitting films.

    “Red Alert” is story of Narasimha [Sunil Shetty], a poor farmer living with his wife {Bhagyashree} and small kids. Out of poverty he starts working as a cook for some unknown people and through them on accidental basis he enters a group of revolutionaries who belong to the Naxal moment going on in the rural India. This group is headed by Velu Anna {Ashish Vidyarthi} and consist of co members {Seema Biswas, Ayesha Darkar, etc}. Narasimha does not want to join their revolution but wants his money so he can take care of his family. But velu anna’s hard comments against the system makes him stay with them. Their group is joined by Laxmi {Sameera Reddy} who too got injustice by the cops. Narasimha witnesses the way these groups operate and is in confused state wheather to support them or not. One day he decides to leave and this starts the run from police and naxal groups.

    Story is by Aruna Raje who herself has made some great hard hitting films like Gehrayee, Situm, Rihahee, etc. but I would say it’s the more of concept than a story as story is very simple journey of Sunil Shetty in the Naxal groups. It’s more of the events which follows after that. Thus making the screenplay take the upper edge than the storyline. First half is total gripping and interesting, the events keep you glued to your seat, sadly the second half slows down a bit. The emotional connection with Sunil Shetty starts to fade out and at that time one wish for more stuff in the story line. Thankfully the climax gets you back in the film, which is not great, but decent enough along with some social message. Editing is sharp in most part of the film, but as said earlier needed to be swifter in the second half.

    Music by Lalit Pandit fails as such movies has no scope for music. Background music by Monty Sharma is good. Camera work is good in parts and keeps up with the mood of the film.

    Anant Mahadevan had directed some very very bad films Anamika, Aggar, Victoria No 203, Aksar ,etc. thus my expectation with this film was zero, as was 100% sure the director would had messed up with the good theme. Well to my surprise he dint mess up much and ended up totally different from his past work. In comparison with his past work this is his best film till date. But from films point of view if some more matured director would had been there the film would had more to deliver. Anant with a good script we need to attach the human value which connects to the audience and that’s what was missing in the film. Still applause to him for making a film on such hot topic in which hardly people are interested. We hope to see him make more films on this new level he has found.

    On performance basis Sunil Shetty has done a great job as per his standards. His body moments, talking stype,etc fitted his character 100%. Ya the film would have benefited more if it had some other good performer. Sameera Reddy and Seema Biswas also does a decent job. Aashish Vidhyarthi comebacks with the best performance in the film, he did remind me of his Dhroh Kaal days. The film had loads of actors like Gulshan Grover, Vinod Khanna, Ayesha Darkar, Bhagyashree, Makrand Deshpande, Nasserudin Shah and many more. They have been good in their small part.

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

    Dum hai kaafi dum hai. With the current happening and a film on such theme is definitely a good watch for all those who love political or current topics based films. It could had been a masterpiece or Anant Mahadevan’s Chandni bar or Satya but ends up as a good film. Also with such a star cast the makers should had utilized them much more rather than sticking only to Sunil shetty. Thus the film stays on the thin red line between masterpiece and a good film.

    Ratings : 3/5

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