Writer: Sivarasa SothivadivelWriter Ratings:Overall: Cast: Plot: Effects: Cinematography: Watch this if you liked:
“Mississippi Burning”, “Kanchivaram”
There are many who feel that Priyadarshan's long-spanning career, which is perhaps best known for his comedies with Akshay Kumar, have screeched to a halt when it comes to quality films, whereas nobody remembers Akshay Khanna since "Race" (2008) and nobody thinks Ajay Devgan is such a hotshot these days despite appearing in at least two or three films every year in recent years, such as his last, overdrawn film "Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai". So when these three come together in a very serious movie about honour killing in India such as "Aakrosh", either commercial or critical acclaim must be achieved, not Bollywood mediocrity.
Unfortunately that is precisely what this "Mississippi Burning" pretender comes across as. Overdrawn, tedious and without humour, "Aakrosh" does not really address the social issue it raises, save for some stereotypical showcase of sweaty, corrupt officials (Paresh Rawal, Rajendra Gupta) and poor, aggrieved illiterates, and neither does it go all out in offering a bang-up, over-dramatic entertainer that would at least please half the people. The picture, although beautifully captured by Priyadarshan's usual meticulous colour grading and pretty angles, loses steam because the two leads, Ajay Devgan and Akshay Khanna, play seasoned special agents who are so unattractive and overly serious, leaving no room for us to root for them. Although this is a conviction in acting, it is not unfair to say that we simply couldn't understand why they are so obsessed with the case anyway!
Bipasha Basu and Reema Sen have some watchable roles in this but the overall dread of the 3-hour movie makes them lose significance. The music by Pritam is also an afterthought and comes across flat, although a lot of work seems to be in place.
There is some hard swearing in this film, so be warned. However, this reviewer will tell you that it is a hard investigative thriller, not a hard-hitting one.Cinema Online, 19 October 2010