Recently, the king of comedies, Priyadarshan, declared that humour is a thing of past and he will now make films of different genre. And the film maker is all set with an edgy gritty plot of “Honour Killings” Aakrosh.
Three friends (college friends) from New Delhi go missing in a small village Jhanjhar, Bihar, with two months of no discovery a college protest fuelled by media begins against the authority. Unable to sustain the media pressure, the top level bureaucrats send a CBI enquiry, with officers Siddhant Chaturvedi (Akshaye Khanna) and Pratap Kumar (Ajay Devgan) to solve the case. But what they consider as a simple case unfolds many ugly issues that get difficult to solve due to the involvement of local police, headed by a debouch SP, Ajatshatru (Paresh Rawal) with politically aided hoodlums, Shool Sena. It is this sena which is responsible for the death of the three boys. The investigation is taken ahead by Roshini (Amita Pathak) and Geeta (Bipasha Basu), where one thing leads to another and any witness who wants to testify get killed.
Image: Aakrosh Movie Theatrical Release Poster
Aakrosh in far too many instances give us a glimpse of Hollywood movie Mississippi Burning, however infused with rural drama, Priyadarshan smartly Indian-ized the plot. Though the start of the film appears to be quite gripping, Priyadarshan takes too much time to establish his plot and all the high octane drama in the first half appears pointless, and the climax doesn’t quite justify the build-up. However what works with the film are the power packed performances of Ajay Devgan and Akshaye Khanna, the stupendous cinematography by Thiru and the near perfect setting of the film. Paresh Rawal turns out to be just the best once again, and actresses Bipasha Basu, Amita Pathak, Reema Sen, and Sameera Reddy (item number) hardly have much to do. Music by Pritam is sordid and acts as a deterrent in the drama.
Aakrosh in all is a very strong film, but have flaws at very fundamental levels, for example the way SP Ajatshatru has behaved he doesn’t seem to be more than a sub-inspector, casting is nice but appearance wise neither Amita Pathak nor Reema Sen were able to go with the image of their respective characters of Bihari villager women. Dialogue delivery by Bipasha Basu reminds you that it is all not real and you are indeed only watching a movie, which leaves you unsatisfied, reference dialogue can be – “tere nayan kyun bheege hain”.
Action at some points have a little southern touch, and seems highly exaggerated, the point here is that such scripts demand not edgy but a subtle treatment, It is my personal opinion though, but I feel the efforts of writers have gone futile as the director was not able to do justice with strong script and in turn the screenplay.
However, I still give it 3.5 out 5 stars, for the phenomenal performances of Akshaye Khanna and Ajay Devgan, and also the strong and awakening script. You are missing something if you haven’t watched the movie.