Even though Pandey has written and produced Naam Shabana, which revolves around a woman spy, he fails to create any remarkable woman characters. Aiyaary movie cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Sidharth Malhotra, Naseeruddin Shah, Anupam Kher, Vikram Gokhale, Kumud Mishra, Rakul Preet Singh, Pooja Chopra
Aiyaary movie director: Neeraj Pandey
Aiyaary movie rating: 2.5 stars
It is all too familiar: men in uniform, who are deeply righteous and patriotic, going after robbers, arms dealers and terrorists. Aiyaary, for which Pandey gets the story, script and direction credit, isn’t taut enough to qualify for an edge-of-the-seat thriller. A veteran in Pandey’s movies, Manoj Bajpayee carries the film on his shoulders. The latter goes rogue when he discovers deep-rooted corruption and flaws in the system. 2018-02-17T07:19:17+00:00″>
Updated: February 17, 2018 7:19 am
Aiyaary movie review: Had the film been closely edited to make it pacy, it would have sent out the message it intends to. In Aiyaary, he fictionalises the Adarsh Housing Society scam in Mumbai. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App Even though the movie puts together an impressive ensemble cast comprising some of our best actors, it takes a lot of time to establish their characters. At one point in the movie, Singh explains to Bakshi that the Kashmir issue is never going to be resolved as it is like an “industry” since too many people stand to gain from the conflict. What is particularly disappointing are the sketchy women characters. Had the film been closely edited to make it pacy, it would have sent out the message it intends to. This lays bare the generation gap, the questions and cynicism that the younger ones have. The result, this time, is not very impressive. He often creates a heightened sense of drama aided by music, that’s almost a constant; stylised images with generous use of slo-mo; and, of course, the necessary twists and turns to make the cat-and-mouse game engrossing. As of now, it remains as lost as the purpose behind some of the film’s long drawn chase sequences. Yet, the film does not go deeper into these issues. In fact, as a writer and director Neeraj Pandey has created a brand of thriller with them that he can call his own. The plot is emaciated. Though Rakul Preet Singh is introduced as an IT wizard, she is reduced to being Sidharth Malhotra’s love interest. Pandey has, in the past, deftly woven real-life scams and incidents into the narrative. This sets his mentor on his chase as the action shifts from Delhi to Central London. But, one expects more from this collaboration, especially since Manoj is a versatile actor. Neeraj Pandey has perfected the art of weaving opinion on the political scenario, the hankering for money and power, the prevalent corruption in the system and the state of democracy in his stories. This time, Pandey spins the story around two men — mentor Colonel Abhay Singh (Manoj) and acolyte Major Jai Bakshi (Sidharth) — who are part of a special unit of Indian Army’s military intelligence. As a former army man turned arms dealer, Adil Hussain brings his usual finesse to the screen. It would have been interesting to watch two men, who have deep regard and love for each other, tackle their conflicts even as their ideologies clash. The narration, which revolves around deception and sense of duty, is long-winding.