Neeraj Pandey’s latest espionage outing, Aiyaary has all that it takes to join the league of his previous films like Special 26, Baby, A Wednesday and MS Dhoni – The Untold Story. Espionage, drama, thrills and patriotism have all been checked off in from his list of mandatories. But what is different in this movie from other Neeraj Pandey movies is its slightly slack screenplay and lackluster dialogues.
The story revolves around a mentor and his protégé in the Indian army; Colonel Abhay Singh (Manoj Bajpayee) and Major Jai Bakshi (Sidharth Malhotra). The two officers belong to a surveillance unit called Data and System Diagnostics (DSD) which keeps a tab on important telephonic conversations. During one such tapped telephonic conversation, Jai receives earth-shattering information. This vital information revealing corruption that runs deep within the system instigates Jai to go rogue.
Jai goes absconding and Abhay is assigned to get Jai back. The two leading characters are pitted against each other owing to their ideological differences and a ‘Cat and Mouse’ game ensues. The premise for the story then shifts from Delhi to Central London. Neeraj Pandey’s has fictionalized the Adarsh Housing Scam as a premise for this thriller.
Talking about performances in the movie, Manoj Bajpayee steals the show with his nuanced performance. In comparison to Bajpayee’s performance, Sidharth’s performance seems amateurish. Veterans like Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah, Adil Hussain and Rakul Preet Singh don’t have a lot to offer in the movie either. The romance between Rakul and Sidharth doesn’t seem to add a lot to the narrative except for the songs.