'Tevar' Review: Bring on the yawns!
By: Sonia Chopra
Critic's Rating: 17/5
Friday 9 January 2015
Arjun Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Manoj Bajpayee
The charm of a small-town setting, brutal politicians, instant love, heroic hero, distressed heroine, item songs, regressive storyline, dumb developments, and an all?s well ending. Nowwww, where have we seen this before. Here, however we have Pintu instead of an R Rajkumar, though the heroine (Sonakshi Sinha) has been directly ?inspired?.
So the film begins with Agra and an ?Agre ka launda? Pintu (Arjun Kapoor). His police officer father (Raj Babbar) is tired of his loitering, and wants him to choose a career path. But Pintu is busy protecting women on the road from harassers? in one fight, he talks to his hands that assure him of fighting the army of baddies, in another, he asks the nearby band wallahs to play as he fights, and the hero?s dialoguebaazi while clobbering the villains is a given after the genre-defining Dabangg.
The trouble starts when politically-connected Gajendra (Manoj Bajpayee) falls for a college-going girl (Sonakshi). She meets Pintu quite by chance, when she?s trying to escape Gajendra?s clutches. As the two fall in love, they now have to defeat their very determined, psychotic tormentor (often appearing on screen without pants). How this ?Agre ka launda? stands up to the ?Mathura ka goonda? to win the girl forms the rest of the story.
Arjun?s character calls himself a concoction of Arnold?s 'Terminator', Salman Khan and Superman. While he is a welcome break from the same old faces doing the same old act, one wishes this young actor had chosen something more interesting and novel.
What?s the point in serving the audience same wine in new bottle? Still, he?s immensely watchable? he?s likeable as the mischievous son, as the gallant lover, and as the goofy guy next door who transforms into a formidable fighter, even as his hair flutters ever so lightly while flying in the air to land a kick.
Sonakshi Sinha is undeniably talented, and that shines through even in this soulless role that she has played too many times in the past. Manoj Bajpayee is superbly entertaining as the villain who is fixated on marrying Sonakshi?s character, and tries wooing her in the most cringe-worthy fashion. He has some of the best dialogue like the one where he calls his heart a rose garden. The actor often entertaining the most is the young lady playing Arjun Kapoor?s talkative sister.
Debut director Amit Ravindernath Sharma?s style is a watered down version of several such films. Small-town exotica is constantly insinuated, like the scene where goons are chasing a man as he runs through small gulleys in slow-motion, while we hear the Maha Mrityunjay chant, and watch masked people in a procession on the road.
The story developments defy logic. In the thick of things, Sonakshi?s character says she forgot her Visa Application Slip (a crucial link to her escape) completely undermining the seriousness of the situation. In another unintentionally hilarious scene, she gets that one chance to escape, but ditches that to return back.
The film is a remake of a Telugu hit Okkadu (2003). It does seem that South Indian cinema has moved on and is exploring some wildly interesting stories, while Bollywood is perplexingly keen on retracting steps. This has to stop. Let?s hope this is not a sign of things to come in 2015.
Rating: One and a half stars