"Whats in a Tagline ?? - A Lot!"
Jag Mundhra's previous work 'Provoked' was praised in all corners for its hard-hitting concept and brave efforts. So when One sees the posters of his next that embrace a Tagline that reads "Is it a Crime to be a Muslim??", He is bound to expect another riveting hard-hitting tale.
And Shoot on Sight does fulfill your expectations, but only partially.
The film is basically a story about the biasness Muslims are made to face from the West merely because of their religion. And the writers establish this point right in the first scene that is fantastically directed and enacted. But as the film progresses, It loses direction from the basic concept (or what one assumes from its tagline) and veers to a different plot altogether. Although there is a statement beneath the surface on the general state of Muslims over the other side of the Sea, but its more-or-less sub-dued and doesnt leave such a big impact on one's conscience.
Also, the director also decides to dwell on other things like Generation Gap, Media’s greed, internal exploitation in the system etc, which deviates the film from its focal point.
However, post-interval, The film turns out to be really engaging with a different story altogether albeit and has a thrilling pre-climax sequence, good enough to have you on the edge of your seats (literally!), but only if you are willing to keep the film's tagline aside. Otherwise, you are mostly likely to be disappointed.
The pace is just fine for such a serious issue, and picks up just at right time towards the end.
The climax is a bit too vague however, and leaves one wondering about the cause of the actions taken by the protagonist.
Characterisation too leaves a lot to be desired. One’s not able to get into Aziz’s psyche completely. The co-leagues of Tariq Ali (Naseer-ud-din Shah) at the London Police are quite sketchy too.
But this hardly takes anything away from the Cast, which does a fantastic job. Naseer-ud-din Shah never ceases to surprise. Same goes for Om Puri, who brought out the menacing side of his character, without making it caricaturish.
Everyone from Gulshan Grover to Laila Rauss lend great support.
Final verdict :-
If You’re looking for a brutally hard-hitting tale about the plight of Muslims in the west, (as the much-hyped Tagline screamed) Its won’t be totally satisfactory. But Shoot on Sight otherwise is a fine movie with its own under-lying message and some good moments to cherish.
Ratings – 3.25