Directed by Mani Shankar and produced by Sohail Maklai, Sanjay Dutt is back with his bindaas attitude to knock out the ethically frail and corrupt political system of the country. Knock Out is different for only those who are not aware of the fact that the film is an adaptation of the Hollywood flick Phone Booth.
Sanjay Dutt plays a man who is independent and has no faith on anybody. With his intelligence and dexterity along with his latest weapons and gadgets he tries to entrap his target. Irrfan Khan plays his target as a shrewd investment banker who is materialistic and drowned with his own fixations. During an excellent play of verity and charade, Sanjay strips Irrfan of his haughtiness and attitude, unlocks his heart and confounds his mind, pushing him down under the untangling limits, leading to a major counter attack in the record of the country.
A strong TV journalist played by Kangna Ranaut who is focused with her motives and nothing can stop her to achieve them but this counter heist puts her into dilemma to choose between the country or herself. The climax of the film reaches a level wherein every civilian of the country happens to be an eyewitness to the live action that unfurls before TV cameras. This counter heist turns out to be an eye-opener for the nation that has been pushed under the clutches of the political evils for decades.
Though some portions of the film are half baked, it can turn out to be a good movie for those who haven’t watched Phone Booth. For many reasons the film seems to be unconvincing at certain level but the projection of the film towards the spectators was good enough. Improvements over cinematography and direction could have elevated the film to an extra level making it more appreciable.
Sanjay Dutt and his bindass avatar were at his best but Irrfan Khan has proved his acting skills which have made him to add an extra feather on his cap. Whereas Kangna Ranaut needs an improvement not only in terms of acting but also in her Hindi accent. Her appearance as a journalist in her stylish avatar was not convincing and believable as it contrasted with the kind of character she portrayed.
The entire package of the movie is good but an extra touch of finishing could have made it more appreciable. On the whole the film is a one-time watch.