Department: Movie Review
Posted on May 20th, 2012 in Film Reviews
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Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Anjana Sukhani, Rana Daggubati, Naseeruddin Shah, Madhu Shalini, Nathalia Kaur
Synopsis: Bringing you yet another action packed film from the Ram Gopal Verma camp. Department is an action thriller movie starring Amitabh Bachchan, who plays a gangster turned politician and Sanjay Dutt playing a cop, the film also stars Rana Daggubati as an inspector.
Review: A department outside a department, meant to kill and only kill. No one can trust anyone, where gangsters work for the government and cops work for gangsters. Ministers work for gangsters and cops work for ministers. Pointless and unjustified twists and turns. More pointless and unjustified killing and more killing. Endless bloodshed and violence. Crazy and disturbing camera angles that hurt the eye. Camera angles that have been used simply for the sake of being hatke. What a waste of 3 hours of my time.
So, Mahadev Bhosale (Sanjay Dutt), a senior officer at the Mumbai police department is asked by his bosses to form a hit squad to take on the Mumbai underworld. In other words, a department outside the department which has special orders to point and kill. He recruits Shiv Narayan (Rana Daggubati) as his deputy, an honest and brave police officer who had been suspended for an encounter killing. Slowly and steadily Bhosle builds his force.
Together, Mahadev, Shiv and others in the ‘Department’ take on two rival gangs until Shiv saves Sarjerao Gaikwad (Amitabh Bachchan) from being killed at a public rally. Sarjerao Gaikwad, a gangster turned minister then takes Shiv under his wing. Meanwhile Shiv finds out some dirty secrets about Bhosle that link him to the underworld. From this point onwards, every character gets mixed up in a dirty game of politics within the department, underworld and the government.
Performance-wise, Sanjay Dutt does nothing beyond expectations. Rana is a very good looking bloke, but by the end of the film you don’t care about that either. The only time you find yourself a little interested in the film is when Amitabh Bachchan is on screen. Sadly his role is too small to save the film. The fight scenes are well shot, so all the negatives aside, the action is well picturized. But all in all, it’s definitely not worth your time or money. It’s been a while since RGV has made anything worth your while. It’s sad because there was a time when an RGV film was a guaranteed hit.
Verdict: Crash, Boom, Pow, Bam, DHISHKIAON! ….Big Flop! Even RGV fans should think twice!
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