My own views. In my own words. Without shame, fear or guilt.
Saturday, 9 February 2013
26 has shaped into a reallly good movie which entertains you. The
movie itself is a comedy packaged into a thriller format and the
director Neeraj Pandey has been able to deliver a punch in his
somewhat oddly named cinematic product.
Pandey, if you remember had given us that wonderful movie- A
Wednesday which was also a taut suspense story told in a simple
format. Here , in this movie also he has kept the storyline simple
and uncluttered. The situational comedy with humorous punchlines
have been very well executed by the actors . The editing of the
movie is fast with jumpcuts and superfast montages. The music by M A
Kreem adds up to the urgency and propels the pace of the movie. Very
good camerawork and clever use of locations and props give an
authentic touch to the story set in 1987 and brings back memories of
the good old days .
director and his team have done good homewoork to create the ambience
of the period in which the film is set and makes the scenes look
believable and realistic. The film speaks of a time when mobile
phones and computers were not common in India and you will sometimes
feel the difference of lifestyle it has made for us , particularly
for the police while chasing fraudsters.
story is about a gang of fraudsters committing a series of daring
heists at the places of the corrupt and the rich by impersonating as
CBI or Income tax officers. And in all cases , there is no report of
the swindle made to the police because the people cheated out of
their treasures do not want to report lest their extent of illgotten
wealth is made public. How an intrepid CBI officers gives a chase to
the gang and the thrilling chase and its culmination in a very
different climax makes up the storyline. The suspense of the story is
maintained till the end and unlike Talaash but more like Kahaani, you
will like it because it will make you laugh .
story has no moral pretences , no message to preach, no item number,
no fight sequence, no sex scenes,no stylish sets and dresses,no
stunts or action scenes . In short it is not a masala movie in any
yardstick. But it is a wholesome entertainer which you would like to
visit both with your mother and daughter and it will make you laugh.
Strangely , you will bond with the crooks in the movie and pray for
their well being. This is where the director scores on the emotional
with good direction and editing, the success of the movie also rests
on the teamwork of the actors in delivering scenes in a manner which
reminds you of setpiece movements of football . All of the actors
play their roles to proffessional perfection and this is what makes
the situational comedy stand out with perfect timing. Akshyay Kumar
once again gives a very good performance as the mastermind fraudster
and team leader of crooks. Manoj Vajpayee and Jimmy Sheirgill also
have acted well upto their reputation. But Anupam Kher is simply
excellent. He has again proved what a great actor he is. The scene
where he, the crook, is interrogated by the CBI officer Manoj really
stands out due to the acting coordination of both and worth
weak point of the film is the romance angle and the heroine related
diversions . May be the director planned the scenes involving the
heroine as relief from the suspense and fast pace of the film. Or
maybe he wanted to garner support for the lead character by showing
his emotional compulsions. But the fact remains that the character of
the heroine and her presence in the film is totally unnecessary and
does not really gel with an otherwise very good narrative structure.
recommendation will be – See the movie. Don't try to find any
meaning or message in the story. Just enjoy it for a good dose of
suspense laced with fine humour.