Review: Tamanchey misfires!
By: Sonia Chopra
Critic's Rating: 17/5
Friday 10 October 2014
Suryaveer Singh Bhullar
Nikhil Dwivedi, Richa Chadda, Mahesh Balraj
This is a film about a ruthless drug dealer who speaks in a Haryanvi accent with a name like Rana Tau, his girlfriend who turns out to be inconsequential in the scheme of things, and a new kid on the block who joins his gang. No prizes for guessing who falls in love with whom, under whose nose. Sigh.
In the interim, many guns are shown off to justify the film's title, bullets fly, people die, heavy-duty dialogue-baazi happens, and it's just another routine day in their lives.
So Munna Mishra (Nikhil Dwivedi) and Babu (Richa Chadda), both criminals, meet in the unlikeliest of circumstances. Sparks fly. Soon Munna decides he's in love, but Babu is hesitant. Being a borderline psychopathic criminal's moll is no easy task, and she's petrified of Rana.
Munna joins Rana's gang and wins over his trust. Meanwhile as he leads the gang to yet another bank heist, he and Babu make-out in the locker room. The crime is glamourised constantly, as the two lovebirds start their sexy time to an incredibly incongruous background score. The intent is to go all Quentin Tarantino-esque. The results are starkly different.
Meanwhile the annoying couple goes on and on about their future life, where she will do "choolha chauki" and feed him rotis with her hands. Honestly, they just don't stop this silly banter and we are made to watch it repetitively. And they start with this chit-chat in the most trying circumstances (guns blazing, cops chasing, you get the drift...)
There is little concept of characterization. Babu who was terrified of Rana and behaved like a glorified slave, is suddenly brave (foolish?) enough to instigate him when she's a captive. As for Munna, it's hard to side with a guy who's a drug dealer. Most morally ambiguous heroes need to establish a spark of golden-heartedness in some way, or the actor has to be incredibly charming and clever to make the viewer invest in the character. Here, the character remains, what can be described simplistically? a drug-dealing petty criminal with a questionable taste in clothes. The bad guy is just that, with instructions to make bulgy eyes, grunt, and call his girlfriend "totta" when he's trying to seduce her.
The finale is an extended fight between two characters - a grunting villain and a dour hero - both whom you don't really care about. The scene where the hero is badgering a character is unintentionally hilarious due to the accompanying sound effect.
Of the cast, only Richa Chadda stands out. She suits the character, does well, but is let down by the story, co-actors and script. Nikhil Dwivedi gives a surprisingly unexciting performance as the Bihari criminal who falls for his boss' girl. Damandeep Singh, as Rana, does manage to relay the character's ruthless streak, but doesn't bring any nuance to the table.
The film, directed by Navneet Behal, gives the viewer nothing new. One wonders the purpose of making a crime film (we recently saw Desi Kattey, again titled after guns), that the viewer has seen a hundred times already. Curious, really!
Rating: 1.5 stars