Tezz review: A thriller minus the thrills

Tezz review: A thriller minus the thrills

Source: Sify

By: Sonia Chopra

Critic's Rating: 17/5

Friday 27 April 2012

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Star Cast

Ajay Devgn, Kangna Ranaut, Anil Kapoor, Sameera Reddy, Zayed Khan, Paresh Rawal, Boman Irani, Mohanlal, Mallika Sherawat

Clearly inspired by Speed (1994) - even the title is a literal translation - Tezz doesn't believe in wasting time.

So you have the Mallika Sherawat dance number insinuated within the first ten minutes, bang in the middle of a chase scene. Of course the chaser and chased meet again at the venue where the dance is happening, but you kinda expected that.

Meanwhile, we see Anil Kapoor's anti-terrorism detective Arjun Khanna being felicitated on his retirement. The character speaks in an accent that defies a particular nationality making it uniquely, well, Anil Kapoor.

As it is in the mysterious ways of Hindi films, all top positions in the UK are occupied by Indians. So here the hero and villain (it gets confusing as the film goes along) are Indians, as are the peripherals.

Aakash (Ajay Devgn) along with Aadil (Zayed Khan) are seen purchasing explosives. We next see them fit these bombs onto trains. A pretty lady (Sameera Reddy) is helping them with this - and it's all done smoothly without hitches or security issues.

Next Aakash places a call to the Railway Traffic Controller (Boman Irani) whose daughter is, you guessed it, on the same train! Some thrills 'n' chills take place - everyone's on tenterhooks.

Irani's character heroically diverts a train accident by seconds. Everyone applauds.

But the bomb is yet to be diffused. The train has to run at a speed of 60 kmph, or the bomb will go off. Our hero or anti-hero Aakash shamelessly makes calls asking for a ransom to diffuse the bomb. But then it all goes awry.

Now, for a sane man (the film insists on portraying Aakash as a good, family man) to commit such a huge crime, would need a really solid back-story. And that's where the film falters. Its very foundation doesn't make sense.

You can hardly relate to a character who threatens to blow up a train because he was an illegal immigrant in the UK, and was deported to India a few years back. This is his, err, revenge against the British Government.

And helping him in his mission are his two ex-employees (Zayed Khan, Sameera Reddy) who he earlier saved from the immigration department. The logic is that they're so obliged, they're now ready to turn co-terrorists with him. It's all accidentally funny really.

There is more unintentional comedy. Like the scene where Kangna Ranaut is furiously fighting with her father to marry Ajay Devgn, and we see an unaffected Ajay coolly flipping a magazine right outside - as if he's waiting for a dentist appointment.

Work by action choreographers Gareth Milne and Peter Pedrero is commendable. The chases and action are nicely executed. Particularly the one with Sameera Reddy on a dirt bike and the one where Anil Kapoor is chasing Ajay and Zayed.

Anil and Ajay give us earnest, intense performances. But what's the use if the rest of the film is marred by an absurd plot, sketchy storytelling, and abrupt editing.

The finale is overdone. There are gaping holes in the script that further reduce the story's credibility. Like when a tragedy is averted, the whole world seems to know, except the detective handling the case.

Or when we are shown a rescue operation conducted where the train's passengers are being transferred to safety, but hear nothing of that again. (Meaning if the passengers have been transferred safely, what's the hullabaloo about?)

But these are nitpickings about the peripheral things. Honestly, the crux of the story itself isn't credible. Towards the end, the film calls Aakash a "bure haalat mein acha insaan" (a good person in bad circumstances).

Sorry. That doesn't cut it. It's not a valid excuse for putting a bomb on a train. This positively villainous character playing pretty and begging for the audience's sympathy is the most irritating aspect of the film.

One never knows what's coming out of director Priyadarshan's bag of tricks next; so varied is his filmography.

This one is surprisingly inept. Hopefully, his next will be a nice surprise.

Rating: 1.5 stars

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