By Sameer Wadekar, Bollywood Trade News Network
Action films will never go out of fashion. Bollywood has seen a spate of romantic musicals and family dramas in the last few years, so it was getting a little cranky. That's why action flicks come in as a fresh whiff of air. FIGHT CLUB is an action film and true to its theme it quite succeeds in packing the punch! Vikram Chopra here shows that he is adept with the technical aspects of filmmaking. But the script is a let down and hence the execution is hampered.
FIGHT CLUB is the story of four friends, Vicky (Zayed Khan), Karan (Dino Morea), Somil (Ritiesh Deshmukh) and Diku (Ashish Chaudhary) who stumble upon the idea of starting a Fight Club, where people get the opportunity to bash up their enemies and settle the scores. But constant run-in with the police just starts nagging them and the action then shifts to Delhi. The four buddies now start a suburban club and are joined by the brawny bouncer Sameer (Sohail Khan). But in the process, they call upon the wrath of the fiery gang lords (Rahul Dev, Ashmit Patel, Yash Tonk) and a flaming rivalry ensues thereon that, but naturally, makes the way for blood-soaked action and adrenaline filled excitement.
FIGHT CLUB could have been better! It begins on a promising note, though one feels that the film falters somewhere in the middle. The story however is fine, but the screenplay is the real culprit. The scenes just don't propel the narrative and the dialogues aren't better too! The cramming together of a gang full of actors might just be the reason that the film tails off from its premise. The conjecture to give every actor a sufficient screen-time just contrived the narration.
On the plus side, one must say that the action sequences choreographed by Abbas Ali Moghul are first-rate. Sudeep Chatterjee does a brilliant job with some graceful cinematography. The music by Pritam is good though the songs are just intruded to fill in the space. This film could have done without the songs and dance routine as the pace of the film could have been sustained.
On the acting front, Zayed Khan, Sohail Khan and Suniel Shetty get the maximum footage, while the others are just as passable. Ritiesh Deshmukh is wasted in a role that could have just brought him out of the tag of a comedy actor. The ladies in the film don't have much to do anyway, all the three - Dia Mirza, Amrita Arora and Neha Dhupia - just add up to the glamour quotient.
Considering that this is Vikram Chopra's directorial debut, he has done a pretty decent job as far as handling his cast and crew is concerned. He has tried to extract maximum from them but the faulty script and too much emphasis on the technical stuff has marred the execution. However the credit should go to him and the producers for trying something really fresh as far as action films are concerned. Unfortunately, FIGHT CLUB is just another action movie, which otherwise had the potential of being a solid entertainer.
All said and done, action film buffs can still find the film enjoyable. So if you are ready to pick up a fight then go and seek a membership!