Thursday, 24th March 00:05 AM IST
tacky direction, forced back story, Shruti Haasan is wasted and not needed
Watch it for terrific action
Nishikant Kamat has given some interesting films i.e. 'Mumbai Meri Jaan', 'Drishyam' and 'Force'. Now he is back with official remake of Korean hit film 'A Man From Nowhere'.
Saru, full name Saraswati, is an obedient daddy’s girl. Inder is a broody, massively-tattooed loner. And ‘Sanam Teri Kasam’ , not to be confused with the ’82 film of the same name, is a manual of how Not to make a contemporary romantic film.
Picture this: a heavy-handed father who thunders, flinging out instructions on how wife and daughters ought to behave. Falling in love with an unsuitable boy, ‘aiyyo rama’. Acting on your own will, ‘parmeshwara’. Doing what your heart tells you to, ‘aaj se thum mere liye marr gayi’.
Which leaves Saru (Mawra Hocane) to smile, simper, weep. Hesitate. Propitiate. And to look at her stony-faced father (Chowdhary, trying very hard to be a credible South Indian patriarch and failing) who’d rather conduct a wake than understand his daughter’s desires, and wait for his ‘permission’ before she can take a step forward. (Read: Ghayal Once Again, Sanam Teri Kasam to clash at box-office today)
Inder (Harshwardhan Rane, armed with impressive bod, limited expression), who has daddy issues of his own, scowls and growls. The deep hurt caused by his dad is revealed much too late, and much too cursorily. The rest is filled by these two unlikely characters—Inder and Saru—developing feelings, over a brain tumour, impending tragedy, and more tears.
The premise deals with a reclusive fellow named Kabir (John Abraham) and his fight with gangsters and organ gangs and drug trafficking gangs, because of a young girl named Naomi (Divya Chalwad). Naomi's mother gets embroiled in the drug trade and the mafia kidnap the mother and daughter to get back stuff that was stolen from them. Kabir gets involved because Naomi is his only friend. Also he has massive guilt about not being nice to her when it mattered. Also he has a troublesome past involving some forced patriotism and Rukshida (Shruti Haasan). There are a few unexpected twists and turns that are supposed to shock you. You're being taken into a dark world where human bodies, organs and life itself is just a product. Kidnapped children are tools of ease for gangsters. Menacing villain Kevin Perriera (Nishikant Kamat).
Film has intense action and some really forced humorous dialogues. Film has uninteresting writing and screenplay is complete copy of original. Film drags as it falls for either cliches or trying too hard to be different.
Performance wise, John Abraham is top notch and delivers one of the best raw action sequences of recent times. Though he does not meet expectations in emotional sequences. Shruti Haasan and Nathalia have hardly anything to do in film. Nishikant Kamat is good as menacing villain. Sharad Kelkar is average.
Film has some unintentional funny dialogues and jaded screenplay. Film has crisp editing. Background music is average. Cinematography is very good, production design is perfect and costumes are apt.
Director Nishikant Kamat delivered some really impressive films and he is kind of expert in remaking films i.e. 'Force' and 'Drishyam'. But this time he falters as writing is wannabe and direction is too lethargic. He enforces a flashback which is completely fake and not required.
Film will release today and it will get decent reviews and it should record good opening. Film has competition from Hollywood biggie 'Batman V Superman' and 'Kapoor & Sons'. East Punjab will be affected due to release of 'Ambarsariya'. It will also face some big cricket matches in coming days.
Go for this one only for raw action!