India's Most Wanted

Arjun Kapoor, Rajesh Sharma, Gaurav Mishra, Prashanth and others
Rajkumar Gupta

The Pune blasts open India's Most Wanted; the bizarre, heartless massacre of innocent people makes you cringe, makes you feel susceptible and vulnerable. There is no face to this horrendous crime. The only thing the intelligence bureau unearths is the name 'Ghost'. Who is he? What does he look like? Who is he affiliated with? Where will he strike next?

The bureau is clueless, the hierarchy of the administrative agencies are causing more confusion than helping. To add to it, the politicians have their own agendas. 
That feeling of helpless vulnerability we (as the audience) felt with the blasts only intensifies. 

In the midst of this 'we should - we could' games, our protagonist, Prabhat (Arjun Kapoor) gets an anonymous lead. With no confirmation, no clarity just a simple gut feeling, he approaches his senior to go all the way to Nepal.

However a simple gut doesn't convince all, with only his immediate superior knowing his plans, he collects a few of his trusted cronies and takes off to Nepal guised as tourists, unarmed and without any backup, searching for a heartless Ghost who changes so many identities that no one can tell who he really is...

Despite the difficulties, not knowing what new challenges they will face, the motley of men keep carrying on to eradicate the ugly face of terrorism. They are risking not only their jobs but also their lives! What happens next is the regular good-over-evil saga, but the question is how do Arjun Kapoor and Rajkumar Gupta make it different.

Given over the last couple of years we have had an influx of spy/patriotic films in Bollywood, India's Most Wanted always ran the risk of turning out to be one of the many, in more ways than one. However, director Rajkumar Gupta has often showcased his stories in the most simple but engrossing manner... There was no reason to think this one will be any different.

Unfortunately, though India's Most Wanted starts on high, it doesn't manage to keep the pace. Within the first half an hour, the script slags. Through dialogues, Rajkumar has tried his level best to make the audience understand the gravity of the situation, but other than what's stated, one does not feel the edge nor the emotion at times.

Part of that blame lies with Arjun Kapoor too. It is well known that Arjun is a decent actor but throughout the film he insists on keeping his face deadpanned. While it is obvious that the filmmaker has intentionally wanted to avoid histrionics, the subtleties make relatability a concern. Plus Arjun Kapoor's bulky look doesn’t seem to match the tone of his character. His face mostly hidden by his beard, makes him look sullen and bored.

The music by Amit Trivedi, is effective in parts but doesn't really leave any lasting impression. In a two hour feature film, there have to be multiple factors that hold your interest. 

The cinematography is outstanding, as one doesn't expect anything less from ace cinematographer, Dudley. But how much will the visuals help? While integral to the film, these factors are not enough to keep the audience engrossed. Post the first half hour, the film drags until the interval and towards the end, becomes too contrived.

A good chase here, a good scene there doesn't make a great film. And with someone like Raj Kumar Gupta, one tends to expect more. Like in his previous films, even in India's Most Wanted, he is ably supported by his cast and crew, it's his writing here that needed to be polished.

The dialogues are repeated, and situations in the script look rather odd. For instance, the terrorist they are looking to nab is supposed to be an intelligent man, who easily changes his identity but when Prabhat finally manages to catch up with him, you find the man wearing the most contrived disguise. Had the film not been pegged as a realistic film based on true story such tackiness could have been ignored but in this instance it stands out like a sore thumb. 

A bit of a miss.

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