Wali Khan, Rudra Pratap Singh, Zoya Rehman and Aslam almost pull off 'Operation Goldman'. They have their man, have flattened the opposition and are on the verge of picking India's most wanted criminal, and getting him back to India from the heart of Pakistan.
But something goes terribly wrong at the last minute. As the plan is being executed to the 'T', there's a giveaway. At the last minute, the ISI who are at the venue of the Don's son's wedding at a five star hotel in Karachi, have been tipped off of an attack.
Nine years of planning goes down the drain. Four lives hang in the balance in another country. What does RAW do? Do these daredevils run away or go after the Don? Is there help forthcoming from the Indian government? And what is Pakistan's role in this daring operation? Filmy... but also well-executed.
Nikhil Advani, this could well be real!
From love stories to 'Bang, Bang zone', Advani proves that he is adept at changing lanes in top speed, with ease. Anurag Kashyap, Vishal Bharadwaj and Tigmanshu Dhulia beware; there is competition in your zone! Advani socks you with this thriller that blasts off from the word go. CHECK OUT: For Arjun & Shruti it is just plain & simple business
Nine years ago Wali (Irrfan Khan
) was sent to Pakistan to study the movements of India's most wanted criminal. He marries a Pakistani and has a five-year-old son. He also runs a nondescript barber's shop. He knows that anytime his lid can be blown off and at stake is his family. On the day of the attack, he sees his family off at the airport. They are on their way to London. Immediately, he is in action, moving into RAW gear.
A week ago before the attack, Rudra (Arjun Rampal
) from the Indian Armed Forces infiltrates into Pakistan to help Wali in this deadly mission. Joining them are two experts. Zoya (Huma Qureshi
) A RAW explosives expert and Aslam (Akash Dhaiya), a petty criminal charged with three murders who has been given a chance to go free... provided he helps in this mission.
Advani displays a rare craft of going back and forth to keep the link alive and the story moving at a fast pace. In an experiment like this it is easy to lose sight of the plot and get immersed in folly. Not Advani. This going back and forth is the highlight of the script that engages you at every turn. It is staccato-like in its execution.
The acting is in a 'special zone'. Irrfan Khan is seen in a never before mode. No hangover of his earlier characters has been carried over, which has been my grouse in the past. This is a brand new Irrfan. Ditto Arjun Rampal. He blasts through with a power-packed performance. Watch his last scene with Rishi Kapoor
, the Don. You don't know who to applaud.
Huma Qureshi has given us one more performance to make us believe that she is headed for the top. What engages you where Akash Dhaiya is concerned is his excellent body language. A lesson for students in acting. Nassar as the RAW Chief Ashwini Rao is here to stay. He draws you to him with his intensity and complete authority of the role he portrays.
A special mention must be made about debutante Sree Swara Dubey who plays Irrfan's wife. She weaves her way into the role and the plot astutely. You leave the movie haunted by her face. Watch out for this talent. Shruti Haasan
too is used sparingly and essays her role as the Pakistani prostitute convincingly.
Rishi Kapoor is taking giant strides in playing the baddie. In fact he is creating a zone of his own. After AURANGZEB, he gives yet another convincing performance.
Another clear winner is the soulful music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. The haunting melodies with apt lyrics tear through you as Advani makes optimal use of situations to throw in the music. CHECK OUT: Nikhil Advani - No one is been targeted
All-in-all, D-DAY is a clear winner. A thriller worth every penny. This is the first time I would say, where art imitates life on screen. The first half is pure thrill with not a blemish.
The downside is just seven minutes, where Advani loses a slight grip on the narrative in the second half. That is the only fear when a script goes back and forth. But he immediately gains control to deliver a killer punch in the end.
A last line to the writers, Suresh Nair and Ritesh Shah, who have helped Advani ink this out -- A very 'delicate issue', dealt with an 'in-your-face' approach.
Go on, watch it. This is D-Day!