Sound storytelling makes this prison break engaging and emotional
Inspired by the real-life prison band called Healing Hearts, formed by prison inmates in Lucknow, the film binds you with its story-telling more than the story.
Not that the story is any less, but the filmy and predictable parts make it a little less authentic. But the impact remains because the film’s execution makes you ignore all that and focus on the good parts.
The good parts of emotion, grip and a basic need-to-find-out thrill.
Watch it If you like -
Performances are good, Its gripping, Spirit of the film is motivating
But Beware of -
A little filminess in situations weighs down the film’s volume
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Ranjit Tiwari’s directorial debut is nicely executed, presented and treated.
The first two are almost near perfect, but the treatment needed to be more convincing considering the film is based on true events, and the first thing to falter believability is the fact that Farhan was the only hero in many scenes.
The new age Bollywood wants films to be a consensus effort. This of course would have added credibility to the film too.
Alekh (Story) – Patkatha (Screenplay)
This prison break drama has its spirit in doing something in your lives, be it behind bars. And for that it has taken a real-life account and mixed it with more drama, less prison break.
Nevertheless, even with the drama quotient, the film was interesting. It is engaging, has the right pace and duration. The script is a mix of guesswork/predictability and thrill, the latter because even when you know what’s going to happen, you still must confirm and find out.
Also, the script is slightly similar with the recently released Qaidi Band, but this film is far better executed and written. Qaidi Band shouldn’t have release before, it couldn’t work for itself, and moreover presented the audience with two similar theme films. At least, we would have watched the good ones before that ways.
Coming back to the film, the storytelling is perfectly healthy, it even covers its flawed and unrealistic. It’s a bit filmy and unconvincing in minor parts but, the best part is that, no where it goes fancy or unrealistic. The sets, the costumes, the lingo, everything is persuasive.
Farhan Akhtar as Kishan Mohan Girhotra, is back to his best because Rock On wasn’t his rock-solid performance. He truly anchors the film by shedding his glam avatar and becoming this aspiring singer from a small town. It’s a first to see him in a role like this and his act too is first-rate.
With him are Gippy Grewal as Parminder Singh, Deepak Dobriyal as Victor, Rajesh Sharma as Pandit and Inaamulhaq as Dikkat, a cast that not only supported but were the ‘central’ reason for film’s likeability. But given the fact that Gippy and Deepka are such great actors, they deserved more involvement and not just screen space.
Diana Penty looks convincing and confident in her role.
Ronit Roy as Jailer is very impressive. His role is though seen before but his act adds a lot of weight to the complete film. Ravi Kissen is superb in his short role and had some of the best scenes. Manav Vij is decent, one good actor not given a befitting role, that’s sad.
Geet Sangeet (Music)
Rangdaari song is simply beautiful. So is Kaavaan Kaavaan, but nothing can beat the original. The background score is apt too.
Nirnay (FilmyCurry Verdict)
It’s a good watch for its motivational spirit. Its a good watch for some good performances.