After an impressive debut in Ek Hasina Thi, director Sriram Raghavan is back with his next outing, Johnny Gaddaar. Without building up any suspense, let me proclaim, that Johnny Gaddaar is one of the finest Bollywood thrillers to hit the big screen. My days of kvetching that Bollywood film makers cannot make good thrillers are over. Sriram Raghavan has arrived!!!
Johnny Gaddaar Movie Story
The story revolves around a gang of five men – Vinay Pathak, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Dharmendra, Zakir Hussain and Daya, who gather Rs. 2.5 crore to give to a corrupt inspector in return of some valuables worth a fortune. Seeing the huge sum of money, one member of the gang decides to betray his Gang and decides to keep the entire sum of money for himself. Then begins a game of deceit, murder and revenge.
Johnny Gaddaar Movie Review
Johnny Gaddaar boasts of an impeccable script ( that is half the battle won) , paramount amount of twists and turns, and most importantly it does what an ideal thriller should do: It involves the audience in the film. The movie tells you the Gaddaar at the very outset and it is up to you to see the clues given and stress upon your grey cells and enjoy this taut thriller. Just when you realize, ok this is the path the movie is going to take, you are exposed to a new lane. A lane more racier than the one you were treading before. The remarkable twists and turns of Johnny Gaddaar and particularly the ending of the film will have you smile on the cruel works of destiny.
Director Sriram Raghavan is a remarkable story-teller. He pays homage to his idols, James Hadley Chase, Vijay Anand and Amitabh Bachchan and weaves them very innovatively into the plot of the film. Infact the Gaddaar of the gang borrows his plan from Amitabh Bachchan’s film, Parwana. Infact, Johnny Gaddaar should serve as a textbook on how Bollywood thrillers should be made.
Pic : Johnny Gadaar Movie Review
The casting director of Johnny Gaddaar needs a standing ovation. All actors slip in like a glove into their characters. On the acting front, Dharmendra affirms his statement. “It’s not the age but the mileage”, Vinay Pathak as the compulsive gambler, excels yet again. Zakir Hussain has proved that he is the best when it comes to such character roles. Govind Namdeo and Ashwini Kalsekar show that you do not need to eat up reels to show your acting prowess. What fine actors!!! The only weakling in the film is Neil Nitin Mukesh. Don’t be misguided, Neil Mukesh does a great job as a debutante but he looks pale compared to the talented actors he is pitted up against. But Neil seems to be a future star, just a bit of polishing and he would be right up there. Rimi Sen is just about ok.
The editing is slick, and the screenplay is capturing. The songs too do not protrude out redundantly but serve as racy background music.
Final Verdict : Abbas Mustaan if you are listening, this is how thrillers are to be made. Johnny Gaddaar is worth a watch (more than once preferably)
Movie Rating: 8/10
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