'Ab Tak Chhappan 2' Review: A disappointing watch!
'Ab Tak Chappan 2' Review: A disappointing watch!
By: Sonia Chopra
Saturday 28 February 2015
Ab Tak Chhappan 2
Nana Patekar, Gul Panag, Ashutosh Rana
The film is as unimaginative as its title. It's hard to believe that a debut director would find decades-old techniques inspiring. Heck, the filmmaker has even chosen to copy Ram Gopal Varma's (incidentally, the producer of the original) much-criticized bizarre camera angles that add no meaning to the scene, and only distracts the viewer.
For example, we are forced to see a cop through the parted legs of a crook who was till now in bed with a prostitute. Unbelievable, I know!
It's worse that the film doesn't even appear to be trying. The story is non-existent, unless you consider the comeback of a tarnished cop and his brush with corrupt politicians novel. Then comes the dialogue that limits itself to talking about 'politics, system, police force and the like.' The awkward English interludes make it worse.
The sequel begins where the former film left off. We now see Sadhu Agashe (Nana Patekar) in a Goan village, coming to terms with his wife's death and disillusioned with the "system". Some of the film's more memorable portions have Agashe chilling out in his native village— lounging around in shorts, cooking for his son, relaxing on a rocking chair, and enjoying a drink by the river.
The top politicos want him to join the force again to "clean" out the city of "asamajik tatva". Agashe is reluctant, but is finally convinced by his son.
He moves back to Mumbai and takes charge, much to the annoyance of his over-ambitious junior (Ashutosh Rana). He begins the usual repartee with gang-lords (even takes their help with computer problems) and begins his work that naturally involves shooting a lot of people.
His comment on the current state of the underworld full of shooters that change gangs—"Aaj kal is dhandhe mein pehli jaisi imandaari nahin rahi" – is priceless. It also represents the fact that coming back after a gap, he has to learn the rules of the game all over again. However, this angle is never explored, beyond his struggle to understand computers etc.
Patekar's age is over-explained in the film with several characters exclaiming how he is fitter than officers half his age. Predictably, Patekar's strong performance is the film's highlight. He's masterful, but let down by a simplistic, cliched take on the story.
None of the characters, apart from Agashe's, are properly fleshed out. Ashutosh Rana is dependably good, but it is a CRIME to cast an actor of his caliber and give him such a trite role. Gul Panag is earnest in her role of a crime reporter who is writing a book about the underworld.More than a decade after the Shimit Amin-directed 'Ab Tak Chhappan', comes an unworthy sequel that chooses to play to the gallery.
Debut director (former action director) Aejaz Gulab's story was pedestrian, but still ripe with possibilities. One wishes the sequel had more conviction and contained at least some of the chutzpah of the original.
The film can be endured by those excited enough to see Nana Patekar back in action, such that they'll overlook the film's shortcomings. If that's not you, it's wiser to pass.
Rating: Two stars