Shakal Pe Mat Ja : Movie Review
Critic's Rating: 2 / 5
Cast: Shubh Mukherjee, Saurabh Shukla, Raghuvir Yadav, Aamna Sharif, Zakir Hussain
Duration: 2 hours 19 minutes
Story: A bunch of amateur documentary filmmakers end up in trouble when they are caught photographing planes at the Delhi Airport without permission. Arrested by the airport police, headed by the bumbling Raghuvir Yadav, they are viewed as prospective terrorists, until they actually foil a terrorist's plot to plant a bomb in one of the flights taking off from the airport.
Movie Review: Brave effort by a group of youngsters to make a film which has been co-produced by Hrishitaa Bhatt (actor) and directed by Shubh, the hero of the film. There is a sincere effort by these newbies to script and create a comedy of errors centred round the issue of terrorism and the paranoia it has created all over. But seriously, can't say how apt it is to fool around with such a sensitive topic and create parodies out of terror czars like Osama. Here, you have Omama ( Zakir Hussain) and his terror network, Al-Baqaeda, hellbent on creating mayhem in India and outdoing the antics of Osama. Of course, Omama and his jihadis are bumbling buffoons. Now how funny is that?
Moreover, the film is funny, only in bits and parts and mostly remains an amateur attempt at making a comedy. There is too much and too loud background music, intended to make you laugh, in case you miss the humour. You mostly do. And there are too many characters running around helter-skelter in a single venue, the Delhi Airport, to sustain the inordinate length of the film. The use of the burqa clad figures as decoys and the red bag as the bomb is too stereotypical, considering this could have been an innovative, out of the box, youthful vision.
In terms of performance too, the film has nothing to showcase, except the efforts of veterans like Saurabh Shukla, the affable ATS cop and Raghuvir Yadav, the Dilli cop, who keep the drama flowing. A bit more training and gravitas in their approach towards the craft, then maybe there could be a film to watch out from this young group of wannabe filmmakers.
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