July 19, 2013

D-Day Review

Starting looked promising, mushy drama and eventually misplaced the plot.

It’s silly to see Rajpal Jadav (such a good actor!) singing “Dama Dam Mast Kalander” in a wedding in Pakistan. Wonder why the director thought of doing an item song with Rajpal Jadav. Any ways D-Day opens with that view of two men (Arjun Rampal & Irfaan Khan ) subtly setting a plan in motion. We don’t know what’s going on nor why, but audience really has the concentration. Suddenly it becomes clear that the target of the trick is a don who is believed to be responsible for all the recent terror attacks in India, including 26/11.

The D of the D Day aka Iqbal (Rishi Kapoor) is a dealer of terrorism and replica of Dawood Ibrahim. When we meet him, he’s getting ready for his son’s wedding to a cricketer’s daughter in Pakistan. After Hyderabad Bomb blast, the head of RAW puts Operation Goldman into motion when he picks four agents to smoking out the dreaded gangster. Wali (Irrfan), who has been pretending to be a barber in Karachi and massaging an ISI agent’s head for 9 years in hope of uncovering intelligence, and Aslam (Aakash Dahiya), an ex-murderer. These two are joined by Zoya (Huma Qureishi), an explosives expert, and Rudra (Rampal), a villain Indian soldier who can kill people in the dreadful manner. But luck did not support them and the mission failed and they became the wanted persons.

To stay quietly undercover, Rudra starts living with a prostitute (Shruti Hassan) with a scar mark. Without asking too much questions (as mostly girls do not) they fell in love. And then couple of intimate scenes and Rudra commits a couple of murders in wide daylight in order to ascertain he is an impressive soldier and a romantic. He brutally beats up an ISI agent in a bus (while Wali is following the bus in an open-air auto, pointing a gun at the duo when fighting). Then, in order to win fulfill his lover’s wish, Rudra follows the man who had disfigured her face and (with a witness) kills him in a way that leaves Rudra soaked in blood.

D-Day is Bollywood’s silly portrayal of intelligence agencies and their operations. Finally, with the last shot of the film, you realize that if this was how the story had to end, the film could have ended half n hour before.

The film begins as a thriller, drifts into heartbreak, gets stuck on revenge, takes a sharp wrong turn with a strange twist and ends in no man’s land. D-Day begins promisingly with a long-cherished Indian dream: to catch Dawood Ibrahim. You will get each and every character (Politician to Patriotic) as you expect in a movie based on terrorism. Director tried to balance in terms of politics and religion but the film is lacking reliability. D-Day has the influence of Hindi spy and gangster thrillers from the seventies and current reality-inspired dramas from Hollywood, creating an exclusively local mixture that is based on a real fact but mostly driven by fiction. 

Verdict : One time watch depends on your wish.

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