RAW Agent and a raw movie
* * * * * / 5
Stunning! Spectacular! The movie is made in epic proportions. No expense is spared to make the story live out large on the big silver screen. Non-stop action from the word go. It is a delight to watch. Finally, you can say Indian cinema, and I mean mainstream cinema, is catching up with Hollywood’s best action thrillers. And also, finally you can cheer for India while seeing awesome stunts and controlled explosions.
After Don 2, this is only the second Bollywood movie to stun me with an out and out action story set in India and international territories. While Don 2 had the brilliant camerawork for a 3D movie and a few international locales, in Agent Vinod we literally trot the world and hoop through amazing locations and deadly terrorist fronts to end up back where the climax is set – INDIA!
The movie starts in a deathly desert in Afghanistan. Agend Vinod is partnered with a guest appearance from Ravi Kishen, the Bhojpuri superstar who already thrilled us this year in Naseeruddin Shah starrer “Chaalis Chauraasi”. If you thought he was good in that role, you have to see it to believe it here. In the brief appearance Ravi Kishen has done a memorable job as a fellow RAW Agent. Then on action hits non-stop from Russia to Pakistan to Morocco to Somalia and so many amazing scenes and characters.
My favourite old gentleman from Indian cinema, Prem Chopra does an important role in this movie. Yes, he is back here and interrogating Agent Vinod with the help of a mysterious Doctor played by Kareena Kapoor. Finally after Omkara (brilliant adaptation of Othello), Kareena and Saif are back in a big movie together and this time paired as a leading couple. Kareena shines as a demure girl trapped in a big bad world of politics and terrorism. She is stuck and Agent Vinod doesn’t trust her at all.
More action and more gunfights. Streets filled with people running – not in India mind you – these extras in foreign countries have done a brilliant believable job as witness to the mayhem caused by jihadi terrorism.
But beware, this ain’t no lame storyline of another Jihadi-terror group out to blow up India. There is a secret organisation. A shadow group of power-mongers out to control the world and they are orchestrating a grand scheme to cause nuclear war between India and Pakistan.
Hints are given openly without naming the group which is obviously the all-powerful – The Bilderberg Group. This group http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bilderberg_Group has always created sensation in media and lot of crazy conspiracy theories surround it. Last time they invited a calm black gentleman to their annual conference in Europe and the man became the first black President of USA. That is Barrack Obama of course. Many wealthy industrialists, politicians and celebrities are in on their clique’s agenda.
Anyways, that is not a spoiler because most people in India are not aware of The Bilderberg Group. I just hope this great plot and sentiment doesn’t go a bouncer over the heads of audiences who are rather used to seeing and cheering an anti-Pakistan or anti-Jihad style of cinema.
Now the question you all are wondering about – yes Saif Ali Khan ROCKS in this movie. He plays it cool. Looks believable in the role. No over-the-top antics. Everything flows smoothly and there is a reason and scene and dialogue explaining every turn and twist in the plot. So go out there and watch him knock out the bad guys with punches and kicks and with a bullet when he finally finds a gun in his hand – not that he needs one – the unarmed combat is spectacular and convincing.
Enjoy your three-day weekend. This is a movie worthy of the rumoured 3D sequel.