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Maximum review: Been there, seen that!

Maximum review: Been there, seen that!

Source: Sify

By: Sonia Chopra

Critic's Rating: 17/5

Friday 29 June 2012

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Movie Title

Maximum

Director

Kabeer Kaushik

Star Cast

Sonu Sood, Naseeruddin Shah, Neha Dhupia, Vinay Pathak, Aarya Babbar, Hazel Keech, Anjana Sukhani

Are we really expecting viewers to be gung-ho about yet another encounter specialist's story and the morbid police-underworld-politician nexus? Even the mention of this combination makes us weary.

Sadly, the subject is not the only thing that's outdated about Maximum. The storytelling is over-familiar, the background score predictable, the characters clich?d. So you have characters with professions like encounter specialists and names like Pratap Pandit (the central character played by Sonu Sood).

Apart from the underworld, ironically, his central worry is yet another encounter cop Arun Inaamdar (Naseeruddin Shah). This power struggle between the two cops could have added some thrills to the movie, but that hasn't been explored to its potential.

So you have the usual chases, violence, blood-shed, and our cops swaggering in slow-mo. Politicians and the underworld add to this messy nexus, with the media also getting involved. We then see Pratap embroiled in a departmental inquiry.

Meanwhile Pratap attempts, without success, to make a Spanish omelette for his wife. True to the Bollywood clich?, the cop's wife is sari-clad, simple, and devoted and has a name like Supriya (the current version of Savitri, no offence meant).

Their romancing, such as the above omelette episode, gets on the viewer's nerves for its synthetic texture. Another such episode is the wife getting hyper and upset because she suspects Pratap is having an affair.

Meanwhile our omelette-making hubby, when not romancing Anjana Sukhani's character, likes to entertain his media friends in a dance bar, where we are subjected to a risqu? item number with words like "aish ki dukaan".

The scenes leading up to the finale are superb. The action sequence shot in a railway station is taut and will keep the viewer on the edge of their seat. Unfortunately, the finale goes down the melodramatic route.

The dialogue shows spark but only intermittently. One of the most striking lines of the film about Mumbai city is, "Ye shehar sabko jagah to deta hai, par apnata nahin hai.?

The cast is the film's strength. Sonu Sood performs with conviction, though one is perplexed by his consistently red eyes. It's an old-school trick to make the actor look intense.

Naseeruddin Shah is dependably superb. Vinay Pathak gives a particularly effective performance. Neha Dhupia shines, despite being given the world's most boring role. The actor playing the reporter shows promise.

Director Kabeer Kaushik (Hum Tum Aur Ghost, Chamku, Sehar) whips up a film that comes in a decade too late. Avoidable.

Rating: 2 stars

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