Review: Mumbai – the city that never sleeps – the city that teaches the true meaning of Darwin’s theory of Survival of the Fittest. What happens when one man – a police officer – enters a perfect crime scene to solve a seemingly unsolvable case ’cause of the perfection with which it’s executed. The twist – well, you are so engaged in the nicely-woven story that you wouldn’t know till the very end what’s going to happen. It is simple, old-school, yet so engaging that it makes you think – for the most part, the director (who debuted with Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.), Reema Kagti’s expertise and the superb work of the entire crew on the film. Right from Bollywood’s perfectionist, Aamir Khan to the queen of versatility, Rani Mukerji to the sexy Kareena Kapoor, everyone plays their part with much panache.
The film starts with the crime scene somewhere in South Mumbai, in the wee-hours of the morning. Someone saw it happen. But no one knows what transpired. Enter Inspector Shekhawat (Aamir Khan) who meets all those connected, and those not connected with the plot. Rani Mukerji plays his wife, distraught after a personal tragedy struck the couple a few years back, that in turn strained the couple’s relationship.
There’s a feeling of love, pain, suffering and fatal attraction that connects everyone in an invisible chain. The beauty is that you feel a certain sense of empathy towards all of it. Reema Kagti’s work is impressive, it’s hard to tell that it’s come from a relatively new director. Although, one may find a few loopholes, you are reminded of the purpose behind the ‘perfect crime’ or the reason why a person does what he/she does. In the end, it’s all about seeking redemption, the procedure varies for every human being (those living and those unsure of their place of belonging).
Aamir Khan fans may feel a tad disappointed ’cause of the imperfections that reveal themselves too soon. But the acting prowess can save even a drowning script. That said, there is Rani Mukerji in the background, more like a guiding light to the film in totality. However, I wanted to watch much more of Rani Mukerji in her real element since her last film Aiyyaa, disappointed almost everyone. As far as Kareena Kapoor is concerned, her work on each film doesn’t cease to amaze. To see and imagine the long way she has traversed in these few years from being just a decorative piece to a confident woman who can also act. She also repeatedly establishes the fact that her sex appeal lies in her confidence more than her good-looks. Next I await her ‘item number’ opposite Salman Khan in Dabangg 2 which releases soon. From the team that worked together in Dil Chahta Hai (with a few credits here and there), this one’s a film that will easily see audiences flocking to the theatres. Leaves you with an old-school thriller-like feeling (Woh Kaun Thi, Gumnaam), treated expertly and given a new-age avatar. The film’s music, scored by Ram Sampath shall haunt you for a long time. One of those albums that seduces you enough to listen to the album on loop. There is a surprise element too, there isn’t just one, really.
Verdict: Old-school suspense flick, with a fairly modern treatment.
Release date: Nov 30, 2012
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Cast & Crew: Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukherjee, Shernaz Patel, Rajkumar Yadav
Director: Reema Kagti
Music: Ram Sampath
Length: 2 hrs 22 mins
Writer: Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti , Anurag Kashyap, Farhan Akhtar