Sunday, May 27, 2007
Shootout at Lokhandwala had huge expectations on it to such an extent that the very phony entry and a short action sequence of Abhishek Bachaan didn’t discourage me much. My expectations crashed when the first one of the 3 unnecessary ‘item’ songs came up. The movie was a collection of scenes and sequences which leave you in a very confused state of mind. Forming an opinion is a different issue all together but this one even misses to link the various emotions of the screenplay in an effective way. At one moment you would start believing in the power of the ‘good cops’ and the dedicated men of the department (ATS-anti terrorist squad) while towards the end the director wants you to sympathize with the criminals (or with the way they were killed). But one thing is for sure, there would be a blood shed scene in the movie when you are least expecting it so I recommend that you don’t carry anything to eat. Even a chewing gum may want you to throw up at times in the movie.
The movie’s screenplay is so bad that it has totally killed the movie. A good concept has been derailed and humiliated. The characters fail to impress at all and besides the character of Sanjay Dutt there’s hardly anyone worth a buck. Tushar Kapur has again proved to be an embarrassment to his father’s legacy with poor dialogue delivery and a pathetic expressionless face all the time. Amitabh Bachhan has done well but he had just about 10 dialogues (more like Joey’s one liners) in the whole movie so if you had planned to see the movie for him you will be disappointed like me.
The action scenes include a lot of blood but lack the creativity which any sane mind should expect. If you are a RGV fan then don’t buy the tickets. If you have seen any movie with a similar concept of encounters and stuff then don’t buy the tickets. In fact this movie has nothing new to offer except for the obvious lesson that a movie can really give you a headache.
With a typical early 90’s bollywood movie style this one leaves you completely confused towards the end as the director tries to give the 6 criminals an RDB like finish. (Ridiculous you would say but it’s true!). A few questions have been asked by Diya Mirja (as a reporter in the movie) which should have been the central theme of the movie but the very polite reporter fails to make an impact.
Writing a review for “Shootout at Lokhandwala” is one of the worst things that I’ve ever done but I see it as a thing of charity, hope all who read this review spend their time and money doing better things like going to a zoo to watch a camel with their girlfriends.
And hey, I forgot to mention … there’s one reason to watch the movie … Rakhi Savant makes a special appearance!!!