After Shahid Kapoor appeared in double role in his movie Kaminey, we are getting to watch another movie with lead hero in double role. This time it is Arjun Kapoor who is starring in his second film in Bollywood. It seems that the formula of twin roles is still alive in Hindi film industry.
We know Atul Sabarwal who is a director of the movie for his praiseworthy works in the past – a TV serial ‘Powder‘ which aired on television for a very short time and a thriller “My wife’s Murder” which earned critics positive reviews but failed to succeed commercially on box office. This time Atul is back with a masala movie with traditional twin brothers formula on the big screen.
The story of the movie is quite straightforward with almost predictable climax. Ajay (Arjun Kapoor) is the son of the real estate developer Yashvardhan (Jackie Shroff) in Delhi. Yashwardhan is,infact, a big gangster who under the disguise of his property empire runs a crime world.
Rishi Kapoor has played a senior inspector of crime branch named Ravikanth. He is well aware of Yash’s unethical activities and along with his team including Arya (Prithviraj Sukamaran) and Dev (Sikender Kher) plots a deadly plan to destroy the kingdom of Yashwardhan. With the help of his associates he manages to kidnap Ajay and infiltrates his look-a-like Vishal (Arjun Kapoor) in Yash’s empire to know all the other partners and plans they had to promote their black ideas.
However Ravikanth himself is not clean as he had to be. He is ambitious and has an unwise dream to be the kingpin by ruining Yashvardhan. Then comes a twist in the tale and Ajay and Vishal come to know that they are twin brothers who were parted in childhood under critical circumstances.
Do the brothers unite together to fight against the kings empire or they continue to fight with each other for their personal interests is best to watch on screen. That’s how the story deals further. It is very easy for an ordinary Bollywood fan to guess what happens next.
The movie really runs slow in the first half but picks pace after the interval. The scene where Rishi Kapoor assassinates his son-in-law arouses some intensity. The bloody political game between rivals Yasvardhan and Ravikanth to win one of the biggest building projects is seen to have some association with the story. But this momentum lasts till here only and after that film starts loosing its plot as nothing is given a fine shape to admire leave alone to remember.
One of the drawbacks of the film are its action sequences. The shootout scene at the hospital where Jackie and Arjun are shrilled with bullets will surely amuse you because the hero stands tall to fight back to the cops doesn’t have even a mark of blood on his face. We must say that the entire screenplay was the weakest part of the film. It has lots of holes in it and they are beyond recovery. When the story is plain and predictable and the dialogues are wacky what remains to be remembered in the movie?
Somewhere in between the movie director remembers to put a historical reference to justify the title of the movie and comes a needless and uninspiring Aurangzeb session by Rishi Kapoor. However the emphasis given connects nothing to the title. One feels that if the Mughal Emperor was alive today, he would surely have raised questions about the unnecessary tagging of his name to the film.
Arjun Kapoor as Ajay and Vishal
Arjun Kapoor has tried hard to live up to the expectations in the role of Ajay where he appears energetic and funny. Unfortunately, he is kidnapped which may be the need of the script and arrives Vishal who has altogether different character. But we must admit that Arjun has delivered a good act in a beam and boisterous look. His dialogue delivery is good and the same charm that he showed in his debut film is carried in this film as well.
Rishi Kapoor as an ambitious Cop
Rishi Kapoor has shown different shades of his acting skills after he is back on the big screen which can be called as his second innings. He loves to experiment and is ubiquitous in every second film that he is in. Here the cop’s role suits him perfectly. He looks like a person in command and his dialogue delivery looks dominant. He has justified his role with his equally potent acting abilities.
Prithviraj as a cop
The South Indian star Prithviraj seems to be settling his feet in Bollywood after he tasted failure in his debut movie – needless to mention the name.
Sexy Sashaa Agha makes Bollywood debut
Daughter of Pakistani singer actress Salma Agha, Sashaa Agha has failed to leave any remarkable impact in the movie. She has played a female lead opposite Arjun and have exposed enough flesh as she could which didn’t seem to have come to her rescue. Her limited acting skills are exposed in some of the scenes. However she looks hot and stunningly sexy in her bikini that she has flaunted off in a poolside scene.
Other Actors contribution
Jackie Shroff has played a business tycoon cum gangster and a helpless father quite powerfully. His presence on the screen is impressive. His body language has an aura and is compelling which is seen in Aurangzeb. After a long break we see Amrita Singh on big screen and it is good to watch her back in the business.
Overall the film Aurangzeb is an average film with an ordinary story and predictable climax. The movie certainly deserves 2 and half stars and fails to make any impression.