Monday, October 8, 2007

Johnny Gaddar - Cool Movie

With a truckload of interesting references, Johnny Gaddaar proves that audiences need not be treated as dumb asses looking for juvenile fun and that they do not mind getting sucked into the vortex of an intelligently crafted thriller, provided the screenplay is appropriately coherent. Dharmendra’s Sheshadri is mature and nuanced with some ace dialogues while Vinay Pathak and Zakir Hussain make for a zingy cat and mouse combo. Debutant Neil Nitin Mukesh is the only sore point, with two expressions - one completely blank, and the other, a half smirk which perhaps refers to his amusement that he has been chosen for this project. Ashwini Kalsekar as Vinay’s wife is fantastic even in that limited role. The other highlight is the way music is blended without being an irritant and the fact that every scene is constructed in such a way that there’s a second layer to it that makes us go, ‘Hey, this director is smart’, a lot of times. The ending is both punchy and convincing, bringing together all the threads with a complete bang – literally. Johnny Gaddaar is one of the best films to have hit Bollywood in a long time! Don’t miss it, and spread the word!

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