Welcome back to the world where logic, sense, and even sensibility is absent, and rather proudly so. Indeed, you must leave all these aspects your good selves behind to survive this spectacle of a film, and perhaps even enjoy it.
There is no drought (pardon the pun) of good ideas in this little, big film about an Odisha
village that has no access to water. That the neighbouring village, with its so-called
lower-caste populace, is flourishing and water-abundant makes matters worse.
The cool-sounding title is a reference to the lead character Daniyal Khan (Saif), who, we are told, is like a shadow as he has no paperwork to his name ("he's not even on Twitter!" a character exclaims), and everyone thinks he's dead.
At one point in the film, Manjhi the Mountain Man asks the curious reporter who has
been visiting him for years, why he complains about the system instead of opening his
own paper. 'It's difficult,' says the reporter. 'Is it more difficult than breaking a
mountain?' asks Manjhi with a laugh. The reporter is dumbfounded.
It's great to see a film around the underground street fighting scene. However, while 'Brothers', an official remake of the Hollywood film 'Warrior' (2011), sets out to do the same, it dulls the edge of a fight film with excessive melodrama.
The film, based on real events, tells us the touching tale of freedom fighter Gour Hari Das, and his struggle to get an official acknowledgement of his participation in the freedom struggle. The story is a moving one; sadly the film is not as effective.
The camera snakes around the corners of the opulent room, as courtesan Noor dances the Lucknowi-gharana kathak (this graceful kathak style came into existence in Awadh in the 19th century) with mischief and poise. The accomplished dance, the heavenly music, the breath-taking costumes, and the visual splendor of the room put in you in a kind of stupor, as you soak in the artistic experience.
We meet our central guy Vijay (Ajay Devgn), a self-made man, who lives in Goa with his family. His world centers around his wife and two daughters, and they're a pretty regular family, spending days tending to the garden or sharing their day at the dinner table.