Director Suneet Arora had a compelling subject at hand - ragging in college. This is one topic that has grabbed the headlines time and again. It affects everyone and the victims of such ragging carry the scars for their whole life. Some have reportedly even lost their lives, or committed suicide.
What Arora touches on is superb. Ragged in college, in the most humiliating manner, the central character who wanted to be an engineer turns into a nervous wreck. For fifteen years, the flame of revenge burns deep within. He plans meticulously to get even and does it in style. Arora manages to get your attention for brief moments but then loses his grip and lets the story slip.
Ravi Kissen is the sole character who essays his part with elan. For the rest, the screenplay breaks into a television plot taking away the seriousness of the issue.
This is one topic that has to be dealt with intricately and although 3 IDIOTS did, to some extent, explore this avenue; it was only on the surface. Ragging in college is a serious issue and highlighting it on the screen would do a world of good to society in general.
One thing that rings out loud and clear in this film is that ragging is no good. Although seniors do it in jest, some even because they were ragged, at most times it goes out of hand. And the damage it leaves on the psyche is tremendous.
Just for the idea, and some well thought-out scenes, it's a thumbs up. Otherwise, it's plain vanilla.