There are many themes which have not yet been covered in detail on Bollywood screen.
One of them is ‘Army Court Martial’. Though this topic has been covered in the past in brief, it hasn’t been done in full detailed version. ‘Shaurya’ touches this topic and does justice with its theme.
‘Shaurya’ is a story of Major Sidhant Chaudhry / Sid [Rahul Bose] & Major Aakash Kapoor [ Javed Jaffery], who are best friends. They both are lawyers and represent the Indian army. Though Sid is more of a carefree & fun loving adventurous person, Aakash is an intelligent hard working guy. Back in Kashmir Capt.Javed Khan [Deepak Dobrial] is charged with the murder of his colleague. He is charged for court martial. Aakash is assigned to prosecute this case. Sid wants to be with Aakash, and hence accompanies him on this case as a defense lawyer. Sid meets Javed who refuses to speak anything about this incident. Sid decides to plea guilty and end the case. But he meets Kaavya Shastri [Minisha Lamba], a press reporter who guides him to the details of this case. Slowly Sid starts getting serious with this case which leads him to Brigadier Pratap [Kay Kay Menon]. Then begins a court room drama where Sid finds the new vision to his care free life.
Writer Jaydeep Sarkar, Aparnaa Malhotra & Samar Khan capture the untouched topic of court martial in India army. The story, screenplay both move perfectly with convincing facts. Though there are some small loopholes, these can be given a miss.
Carlos Catalan’s cinematography is superb and captures the Kashmir valley and Indian army flawlessly.
Sanjib Dutta’s Editing is great and keeps the pace of the movie, but it turns little slow in few parts. Specially the first half where the pace could have been better. The movie does drag at few points.
Music of this movie is ok. Actually such movie does not require any songs. The item number by Rosa could have been easily edited.
Samar khan’s direction is good. He surely has grown a lot after the debacle of his last movie “Kutch Meetha Ho Jaye”. He makes us believe that a true movie passionate person will never be written off, but will always bounce back with something great. He deals with this subject with good direction. Though the movie could had been excellent if it had been more on hard hitting side.
On the performance side… Rahul Bose delivers a fine performance as expected from him. He reminds you of Sid from ‘Pyaar ke Side Effects’ in many scenes and delivers a great performance overall. Javed Jaffery gives proper support to this movie. He shows us that he cannot just essay comic roles, but can easily do performance based roles like these. Minisha Lamba, Deepak Dobrial, Amrita Rao, Seema Biswas all enact their parts as required with total satisfaction. As for, Kay Kay Menon, he hardly has 3 to 4 scenes in this movie but does the best of all. His looks, his mannerism, etc all suited perfectly with the role. Watch him out in the climax and you will want to watch him more and more.
So….”bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ is film mein kitna hain dum???”
Dum hain...kaafi dum hain, thoda pace kahin kahin pe kum hai. But overall a good movie, with great performances and a bold subject. Surely Samar Khan will have a ‘Shaurya Gatha’ to boost about.
Ratings = 3.5 of 5