Review: MONSOON SHOOTOUT


Facepalm Not Once, Not Twice, But Three Times!


1.5 stars


Mini Review:


It’s the story of a rookie cop and his dilemma: should he do
the right thing, the wrong thing or find a middle path. The
film is shot three times, each with a different ending. Something
that has been done to death. The editing is shoddy, the story
is obvious and all ploys of violence are boring. Makes you
wonder if the fourth option was for the audience to shoot itself
in the head to get away from such a terrible film.

Main Review:

With the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati in the limbo,
there is a gigantic gap in Hindi film releases. That’s why films like
Fukrey Returns (last week) and now this film have found a
competition free release.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui stars in the film and he can do nothing to
save this Film School Graduation type film where everything and
everybody is trying too hard to make the script work. Or not.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui gets to play the ax murderer. His actions
are always, always parallel to fisherwomen chopping fish heads off.
Done to impress the audience, we assume.

Neeraj Kabi gets to play the cynical cop Khan who lets crooks
free and when they run, shoot them dead. The director of course
has never seen that happen in aa Hindi film, ever. Sigh.

Tannishta Chatterji gets to play a role of a poor woman suffering
from injustice yet again (she is the ax murderer’s wife who knows
nothing about her husband’s work, she just gets slapped around
by him).

Rookie cop Vijay Verma is so inspired by his dead dad’s ‘seekh’
he hesitates and he hesitates to shoot a criminal that you wish
to enter the story and pull the trigger for him.

There’s a doctor girlfriend to rookie cop who is luminescent
(Gitanjali Ramakrishna), but her role has been created so she can
bandage the chap who keeps getting hurt.

There is a bad sleazy cop, an ugly topless don (who exists to
do kushti in a buffalo barn and watch bar girls dance when he’s
not making deals with a bad politician). There’s  bar girl with a
heart of gold. There’s the ax murderer’s kid who takes his
dad’s place in the bad guy universe. There’s also some nasty
rain because crime happens only in the monsoons…

No, no, no! These are not a bunch of cliches at all!

What is worse is that the story looks pre-cellphone era.
The rookie cop asks the doc out on a date. She waits patiently
at a church (to look beautiful with all that candlelight), while he’s
taken away by Khan on an assignment. They don’t text each other?
The three choices of whether to shoot the criminal dead or no
seem to be so juvenile, when during one option the bad guy
shoot the rookie cop dead, you smother the desire to clap.
The film is tedious and boring. The director Amit Kumar has made
a similar chicken chopping intercut with people chopping short film
called Bypass which is a tad more interesting. Skip this feature film.


(this review appears on www.nowrunning.com )
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