Dhaakad movie review: Kangana Ranaut, Divya Dutta do the heavy lifting in this slick action film

Dhaakad movie cast: Kangana Ranaut, Arjun Rampal, Divya Dutta, Sharib Hashmi, Saswata Chatterjee
Dhaakad movie director: Razneesh Ghai
Dhaakad movie score: 3.5 stars

A slick action film that can be coherent is a tough nut to crack for even Hollywood. Dhaakad then is an achievement, in getting these two issues proper, in chucking the melodrama for spare blood-letting, in heading for the comparatively new location of Bhopal and its environment, in getting the temper proper by dipping into the coal mines there, and even giving us a glimpse of the life in that metropolis with its combined communities, which seamlessly stay collectively. It shouldn’t be this uncommon, however it’s.

And whereas a lot has been stated about Dhaakad (a formidable identify certainly) being India’s uncommon woman-centric action film, there are literally two ladies who do most of the heavy-lifting right here, and fairly effortlessly at that – Kangana Ranaut as the protagonist Agent Agni, and Divya Dutta as Rohini, the brain, monetary thoughts, emotional assist and far, way more of a felony ring dealing in coal and trafficking of ladies.

The two confrontations between Agni and Rohini are the film’s highlights, though Dhaakad makers are clearly going for Agni’s preventing skills, and Rudraveer’s villainy, performed to hamming over-effect by Arjun Rampal. We are getting used to this off-kilter Rampal now, coated in tattoos, rings, fur-lined lengthy coats and experimental hair types.

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But the shock right here is Kangana Ranaut, who may be very sombre, very understated as the agent operating from a tortured previous — not like how the film promotions may need themselves steered, and in contrast to how the actor appears to see herself these days. Dutta, in fact, is simply good, interval. And her Rohini isn’t any exception, her function of a former prostitute who now runs the business with an iron hand, with little mercy and lot of crafty, suggesting layers and layers which deserve a film of their very own. Now here’s a kothewali who will get her fingers soiled, talks soiled, and is aware of soiled, not like the pristine purity of a Kathiawadi.

The easy, uncomplicated storyline is that Agni turned an agent after a stunning incident from childhood, when her mother and father had been shot by a person of whom she has a faint reminiscence of. Now, she is main the Agency’s investigation of a trafficking ring operating out of central India, and reaching as much as Budapest (that retains popping up virtually like a yard to Bhopal) and a Sheikh with origins in the Middle East.

Agni leads the search from Budapest to Bhopal and past, helped alongside by an area Bhopal resident Fazal (Sharib Hashmi, of The Family Man fame). Agni instantly finds herself pulled to his mother-less daughter Zaira, for apparent causes.

However, what appeared like a fast extraction and termination operation seems to be not so easy, as Rudraveer and Rohini unleash carnage, helped by informers of their very own.

When the film will get into twists-and-turns territory, and turns into a one-woman revenge saga, Dhaakad gives no surprises. We know that no matter you would possibly throw at Agni, she is going to bounce again, nonetheless unbelievable or unbelievable that’s.

If the film’s first 20-odd minutes are rip-offs of Hollywood’s meeting line action thrillers, the place individuals kill and die earlier than you might have even settled down on your popcorn, Dhaakad’s final 20 are an train in overkill.

That the center holds so effectively is a tribute to its actors, its efforts at giving us some human characters, and its story that trots alongside properly (credit score to debutant director and co-screenwriter Razneesh Ghai). At one place, we come to know of a medical situation the place an individual’s coronary heart is tilted extra in the direction of the proper than regular, which saves their life. Dhaakad has its coronary heart in the proper place.

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