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Striker  (2010 - Hindi)

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Striker critics rating: 2.55 out of 5 2.55/5 (10 critics)

My Rating

  • Queen taken, missed Cover…

    Striker rating: 6 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 05 Feb 2010)

    Chandan Arora has a flair of making films on some unusual themes like Main Madhuri Dixit banna chaht hoon {Struggle of a starlet} or Main meri patni aur who {Based on a inferiority complex of a short heighted husband and his tall wife}. This time he takes us in a dark world of a Carrom player, a world which majority of people never knew that it existed. Till now we have seen carom used in 80’s or 90’s film where jobless youth takes out their frustration and keep playing Carrom, which was later replaced by game of Pool. But Chandar Arora takes us more inside the depth of game and money making process related with this game and that too in a illegal way.

    “Striker” is a story of Suryakant {Siddharth} set in a small slum area in Mumbai or mid 80’s. Suryakant stays with his sister {Vidya Malavde} , Mother {Seema Biswas} and Elder brother Chandrakant {Anup Soni} and keeps doing odd jobs for his living. Together he and his childhood friend Zaid {Ankur Vikal} keeps enjoying the sweet days of youth. Suryakant put all his savings for going to Dubai for a secured job, but ends up being a victim of a con laid by local goon Jaleel {Aditya Pancholi}. In order to get back his money he has to play a game of Carrom with a player from Jaleel’s gang. Suryakant had learned carom from his brother Chandrakant who too had been a victim of Jaleel’s foul play. Luckily Suryakant scores over Jaleel’s guys and thus starts playing Carrom and keeps winning loads of money. Jaleel wants him to join his gang and thus lays a trap for candrakant. Will he fall for the bait or will keep going with his happy go lucky life ?

    Story is based on some real incidents happened in that time and has been beautifully adapted for a movie viewing. Screenplay is superb in first half, but goes bit hay way in the last 20 minutes. Though one does feel the detailing of Chandrakant’s initial life and first love could had been bit more trimmed. The pace is total tight and the movie has loads of good and interesting moments, but as the climax comes the movie drags a bit to a weak climax which looked like highly inspired by the movies of 90’s. Editing is crisp especially in the Carrom matches. Camera work is fresh and captures the mood of the film.

    Music by various music director is good, but special mention for Cham Cham and Yun Hua. Both songs are very well sung and perfectly used in the film.

    Chandan Arora’s last two films had humor as its backdrop, but out here he is telling a dark tale and thus does justice to it. All the detailing work for establishing the genre is superb. His story narration is also interesting in first half. But as said earlier misses the bus as the movie draws towards its climax. The carrom stuff vanishes in the climax and the drama takes over it. Looks like chandan got so involved in the era where the film was set, that he even made the climax look like films of that era. Anyway still deserves a full applause for showing a new theme and a virgin subject.

    Siddharth gives us another great performance after Rang de basanti. His sweet looks and tapori style creates a magic on the screen. Ankur Vikal and Aditya Pancholi too add up more stars by portraying their performances. Anupam Kher, Vidya Malavde, Seema Biswas and Anup soni are good in support. Padmapriya looks sweet and wished had more role.

    So bol meri “Filmi Khopdi” is film mein kitna hai dum ?

    Dum hain, Interesting bhi hain and kaafi had tak entertaining bhi hain, despite of being a different type of cinema. With good performances by lead actors, thrilling first half and some good songs, looks like Chandan Arora did manage to create a good film, but thanks to weak climax, some unwanted scenes and length he somewhere missed the bus in the same way as when we play carrom and get the queen, but miss the cover.

    Ratings : 3/5 {Watch out for Siddharths performance and a unusual theme}

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