Monday, 11 January 2016


Amitabh Bachchan
Farhan Akhtar, Aditi Rao Hydari
Neil Nitin Mukesh, John Abraham
Bejoy Nambiar
Sanu Varghese
Songs – Various artists
Background - Rohit Kulkarni
Vinod Chopra Films
Release Date
January 08, 2016
1 Hours and 44 Minutes

My Thoughts
The movie starts with a melodious song – Tere Bin - where Danish Ali (Farhan Akhtar) meets a beautiful Ruhana (Aditi Rao Hydari), gets married, have a daughter and weave a world of their own. Their daughter die when Danish, an anti-terrorist squad, spots a terrorist and chases him. Thus, their happiness comes to an end. Danish is guilt-stuck and his wife also blames him for their daughter’s death. When Danish’s world is shattered into several irrecoverable pieces, he meets Panditji (a brilliant Amitabh Bachchan) who has lost both his legs in an accident. He teaches chess to children. Coincidentally, his daughter is also dead (Paditji believes that she was murdered) and their grief binds them together as good friends. Is Danish and Panditji successful in seeking the revenge by punishing those who have been responsible for the death of their respective daughters forms the rest of the story!

As you can see, the crux of the story can be explained in very few words. Hence, the screenplay should be the heart of such a movie. Although the movie is less than two hours, the first half is dragging and very boring. As audience, we are clueless and kind of feel bored wondering what the story is all about. However, post interval, the movie gathers momentum and makes you sit at the edge of the seat, take you through an emotional roller-coaster ride and shocks you with an unthinkable twist at the end.

The background music is subtle and all the songs are beautiful. The dark tone used throughout the movie reemphasizes that grimness in the hearts of the characters who come across in the movie. There are several meaningful and smart dialogs that they surely remain in your memory for a long time. The editing in the second half is really swift and takes the movie to different level.

Farhan Akhtar has rightly balanced the two faces of the character - as a tough anti-terrorist squad and a loving family man. Aditi Rao Hydari looks delicate and stunning. She doesn’t have much dialogs to utter, yet she makes her presence felt through her silence. The show-stealer is nevertheless Amitabh Bachchan himself. He once again proves that age is just a number and infuses heart and soul to Panditji’s character. His pains affect us, his smiles cheer us. He teaches to live.

In short, if you have the patience to withstand the first half, you can enjoy a brilliant second half that takes the movie to a different level.

Watch it if you are:
·         a diehard Amitabh fan
·         enjoy new types of storytelling/narration
And most importantly, if you have patience!