Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Rajesh Sharma, Prashanth Alexander, Shantilal Mukherjee
Music: Amit Trivedi
Editor: Rakesh Yadav, Bodhaditya Banerjee
Writer & Director: Raj Kumar Gupta
Producers: Raj Kumar Gupta, Myra Karn, Fox Star Studios
Raj Kumar Gupta made a name for himself with films like Aamir, No One Killed Jessica and Raid. When we see his name on the poster of a film, the expectations raise in the anticipation of a gripping narrative. He starts India’s Most Wanted in a slow paced manner but doesn’t deliver a knock out engaging punch that feels worth of choice of narration. Movie feels like it is going on and on about an ending we already know. It doesn’t pack enough gut wrenching punch to deliver like No One Killed Jessica.
Mainly, the star cast lack in any kind of charisma that helps us ignore the slowness and enjoy the chemistry between the characters and actors. Screenplay tries to give space to every person in the original team but doesn’t pack them with killer blows that explode on the screen by the end. The director repeats himself again and again, each time growing less effective than previous.
Arjun Kapoor as the main lead is as active as a paperweight on the table. His performance has absolutely zero expressions, zero charisma, zero sense of character and zero dynamism. He walks around with one expression, he talks around like he is day-dreaming and he lacks any kind of screen presence to root for him. One feels like asking Raj Kumar Gupta, couldn’t he find a better actor or at least write better scenes?
Dialogues try to beat the chest with patriotism and they turn overdramatic and boring pretty quickly. This is not expected from a person who did make many believe that he is destined to achieve bigger things. He just goes along with a flat narrative and kills his own story idea. It feels like we can all be R&AW agents, if we wish to and solve the crimes much complex better than the team is less time.
The pre-climax screams about the possibility of a gripping hook but the director just blows it all away and climax is a sad excuse to end the film. Even though the movie is based on true inciddnts, it needed a lot more drama for it to be a compelling cinema. It looks like producers are ready to invest in biopics and based on true incidents stories more and that is making directors to rush and make use of the market than really tell the story behind the incident.
Every issue, every single thing cannot be about Patriotism and filmmakers should stop trying to find that angle in every story. A RAW operation is obviously about saving the Nation and it doesn’t need chest thumping patriotism that easily turns cringe worthy, if not done well.
Coming to performances of others, Rajesh Sharma is better than others. In technicians, Amit Trivedi gave good music and BGM. Dudley’s visuals are fine enough. On the whole, movie lacks in writing and fails to use an opportunity to deliver an intriguing film with a script that smells with lack of proper substance and rotten masalas. This movie is nothing near to director’s previous works and you don’t have to pay for watching it as D-Day movie was made better with similar plot.