Verdict: A predictable and intense cop story.
Films based on the honest cop have been made many times over the years- a hero waging a lone battle against the ‘system’. Variations such as avenging cop, nasty cop and pot-bellied cop have been featured in all genres of films since the early 1970s. The khaki has often been tainted by bureaucrats, under-the-table dealings and vitriolic superiors- all of which have been fought by a super-idealistic main character in this film. Veerat Veer Maratha follows this route, albeit in an exaggerated manner. Newcomer Aaryamaan plays Shiva Pawar, a cop who lives with his mother (Reema Lagoo) and sister, and takes up a battle against the corrupt system in rural Maharashtra. The film does not take time to settle, with Shiva portraying his rashness in the first few scenes. Whether that rashness is really boldness, remains to be seen in the rest of the film.
Reema Lagoo plays the God-fearing mother who raises her children alone after her husband, a cop himself, is killed. The first half is lengthy and cumbersome, with many unnecessary scenes added to the movie. Highlighting the common man and his struggles, the ‘system’ is often under the scanner, although this is treated in a hilarious manner. With lots of songs in the first half, better placement of the action would have been appreciated.
The second half is a slightly mellowed version of the first half, where Shiva follows the antagonist, who is part of a village mafia system. The action sequences are a tad over-the-top, showing Shiva beating up henchmen, who then proceed to fall in a heap. The editing is irregular and shaky, often cutting between scene is played out- especially at the start of the film. The story is abrupt, without any past references or a background, directly beginning instead with an ‘encounter’ in a forest.
Aaryamaan does not appear convincing as the lead in his debut film, with only Reema Lagoo having a commendable screen presence in the film. Vaishali (Tanvie Kishor) and Chotu provide comic relief in a rather placid attempt at humor in the good cop-versus-the system genre. The dialogues become forced and predictable in the second half of the film. At 2 hours, the film is a little stretched, but is watchable in parts for its emotional drive and drama.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Watch this film over the weekend if you enjoy the bashing up of the bad guys, mixed with a little drama.
– By Shlomoh Samuel