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05 Jul, 2013
2 hrs 21 mins
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Sanjay Dutt plays the role of a rough cop however his character is a comic one. Prachi Desai stars opposite him in this action flick. She plays the girl next door and is a software engineer who falls in love with Sanjay Dutt.
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Opening on the silver screen today, Policegiri is Tamil filmmaker, K.S. Ravikumar`s Bollywood debut venture. A remake of the decade-old Kollywood movie Saamy, the Hindi version comes nowhere upto the mark with its Tamil version. Talking about the story, Policegiri reminds you of a nineties movie - it talks about a good police officer ... ...Read full review
If you are a fan of Rajinikanth`s over-the-top action, if films like Wanted, Dabangg and Singham entertain you and if you like Sanju baba`s style, Policegiri is bound to make you whistle. Clearly catering to the masses and fans of masala potboilers, this Hindi remake of Tamil blockbuster Saamy (2003) has all the right ingredients, required to appeal to its audience. It has the standard `cop-cleansing-crime` theme, gravity defying stunts, slow-mo loud action scenes, dramatic storyline, over-dramatic dialogues, superhero-esque cop and a funny villain. Bollywood`s fixation for formulaic cop films with south sensibility continues and if you don`t have an issue with it, you certainly won`t mind watching Policegiri. DCP Rudra Adityadevraj ( Sanjay Dutt) has his own way of bringing the goons to justice. He thus takes up against bad guy Nagori Subramaniyam (Prakash Raj) who bribes cops, kills innocent people and does not fear the law. Like Salman Khan`s Pandey ji, Rudra too feels for the public. He is the Robin Hood kind of cop, who helps the poor by punishing the corrupt. When he is not indulging in logic defying stunts, he romances Seher (Prachi Desai). ...Read full review
When a policeman is willing to be corrupt in order to clean the system, it calls for an interesting tale. But then, in this case, he`s not all alone throughout so there are several layers attached to him allowing space for criticism. Even though this film marking director KS Ravikumar`s Bollywood debut is fast-paced, it begs for better execution and fewer stereotypes. Apart from high-octane action laced with funny dialogues, there`s very little to whistle at. An official remake of the 2003 Tamil film `Saamy`, the story is set in a fictional town where the bad guys rule the roost. Such is the case before a DCP (Sanjay Dutt) makes an entry. He`s unbelievably powerful and single-handedly takes on way too much. Small wonder why he makes it a point to express his tribute to Rajnikanth every now and then. And while he`s at it, the villains keep biting the dust except for one particular cartoonish politico (Prakash Raj) who has too much at stake. So what do they do? Settlement. Logic: It`s better to let the dedicated cop have money on his hands than blood. Absurd as it may sound, he has his reasons and the shrewd kingmaker has his own to agree to this arrangement. Well, such is the case before the twist. Oh yes, there`s a love story intertwined in the middle. A local girl (Prachi Desai) falls for the supercop. What`s interesting to note is the utter lack of chemistry between the two as well as the fact that her father looks younger than her beau. Even the songs pictured on the couple are uninspiring and timidly choreographed. ...Read full review
A cluster of Sanjay Dutt`s photographs from childhood, with family, from photo sessions and movies merge to form his name in the opening credits following a note of gratitude by the makers for his cooperation in completing the film during trying times. Before the goodwill behind this gesture can register, the hero makes his entry - splashing his face with beer, mixing his idli with beer and washing his hands with beer because, apparently, `Beauty lies in the eyes of the beer holder.` If the daftness sounds familiar it`s because the dialogues are formulated by the same duo responsible for two previous monstrosities of this year (Himmatwala, Chashme Baddoor)-Farhad and Sajid. Immediately after a stout, dishevelled, puffy-faced, snoozy Dutt transforms into an uninspired version of Singham Rathore Pandey hurling a batch of savage goons in mid-air like freshly-made popcorn. As if Amar Mohile`s loud-enough-to-turn-anybody-deaf background score isn`t emphatic enough, Dutt thumps his chest vigorously to introduce himself as DCP Rudra, the newly transferred cop of Nagapuram town who is `born in Mumbai, raised in India.` He`s the proverbial cross between Shahenshah and Chulbul Pandey, the lawman with dubious methods but Robin Hood`s heart. Only here the experience is akin to watching one of those dubbed-in-Hindi South Indian films regularly aired on television headlined by a Bollywood mainstream hero. Whereas those are at least mildly amusing, K S Ravikumar`s remake of Tamil hit Saamy is so hopelessly timeworn, neither its jaded leading man nor its crummy screenplay can salvage this mess no matter how many men Dutt hurls in the sky. What`s bizarre is just how much the 53-year-old actor resembles his Munnabhai series filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani in that thick moustache as he takes down everything illicit and immoral with a blaring chant from Bhagavad Gita playing in the background. He`s miscast in a role he could`ve done justice to till all the extra kilos piled on and robbed the Dutt of his deadliness. Policegiri was never expected to make sense but it`s the serious lack of charisma and the cringe it induces on seeing him romance an almost three decades younger Prachi Desai that spoils its chances even further. Even the actors playing Desai`s parents look younger than Dutt, it`s like Yalgaar all over again. Pity considering Dutt has never shied from playing daddy to Hrithik Roshan or Minissha Lamba in films like Mission Kashmir and Kidnap. Desai is purely ornamental and relegated to dance around inane songs like Chura ke leja, bhaga ke leja, utha ke lena yaar. ...Read full review