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By Goher Iqbal Punn, Film Critic & Entertainment Analyst, Showbiz Bites
Producer: Raju Chadha and Gopal Dalvi
Director: Aejaz Gulab
Cast: Nana Patekar, Vikram Gokhale, Gul Panag and Others
Rating: [usr 1]
Sequels are quite popular in Bollywood industry and we keep witnessing the sequels hitting the silvers screens. Often the sequels work well even better than the originals. But sometimes, the efforts go astray with the sequels and as a result, the audiences leave the theaters with a tension of wasting the time and money. Ab Tak Chhappan 2 will also make the viewers land into the same situation. So it’s better to be cautious in advance. But first read the review to learn where the film falters the most and what are the actual hiccups?
The film in question is a sequel to the successful movie of 2004 ‘Ab Tak Chhappan’ directed by Shimit Amin with real brilliance. For the sequel, the debutante director Aejaz Gulab has been roped in. Aejaz’s directorial skills could not match up with the luminous expertise of the Amin and he even could not hold viewers’ attention in the film. The mundane execution of the script onto celluloid simply makes this enterprise poor.
Saadhu Agashe (Nana Patekar) is in a confession room with the Ex-Police Commissioner Pradhan (Mohan Agashe) and the police force is recording all this conversation in the control room. Soon the viewers are taken into the flashback that establishes the entire story till the present scenario. Saadhu is now living a peaceful life leaving his dreaded past behind. He lives with his only son in the village in Goa. In Mumbai, the underworld activities have swollen to much heights that the Home Minister Janardhan Jagirdar (Vikram Gokhale) has to call Saadhu again to join in the police force yet again to eliminate all the havoc. Initially, Saadhu turns down the offer, but finally agrees to it. Soon after joining the police, he once again becomes the same police officer by utilizing his trusted informers and using the reliable sources and all that. In the midst of all, he stumbles upon the crime reporter Shalu (Gul Panag) who later becomes his associate. Saadhu’s son is killed and he gets shattered. Now Saadhu discovers a shocking truth with the help of Shalu and it takes him to do one more encounter in front of the public. What is this shocking truth and who he kills in the public is what the forms the climax of the movie.
The story is no novel at all and the screenplay carries a number of faults that even a layman can point out. The biggest one – you begin yawning soon after the beginning of the film. When you cannot engage the audience, how can you make them sit and watch the film? The culprits are both – writer and the director. Editing is poor. Cinematography is filled with flaws – the cameras’ angles are shaky at various places. Background score is fine.
Nana Patekar, the veteran actor who is known for his very own style of acting, fails to register any impact on the audiences this time around. Vikram Gokhale is okay. Gul Panag is average. Others are poor.
Ab Tak Chhappan 2 must be AVOIDED. It carries nothing appealing and interesting at all.
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